Pantry Goods to Buy in Bulk to Save Money


Pantry Goods to Buy in Bulk to Save Money via Mom Prepares

I also write another blog (which will be a book) about Post-Apocalyptic Living…or Prepping. You’ve seen Doomsday Preppers? Well, I haven’t because I don’t have TV but I’m told that this is most people’s reference point for what a Prepper is. Not to be confused with Preppies (an entirely different animal), Preppers  are people who are preparing for the day when the world as we know it ends.

Quite a few things that  I will share on this blog come from Prepper sites. There are a lot of  similarities between trying to figure out how to live in poverty and preparing for a world where resources are limited . The difference is that when Preppers talk about preparing for emergencies and when the crap hits the fan, that’s real time concern for the poor person.


The link above has some great tips on what you should be buying in bulk to save money. When you’re living on a limited budget or food stamps, this feels like a leap to take…shelling out a bunch of money at once on one thing. Bulk foods is something you can add to your pantry stockpile gradually, one at a time and it will make a difference over time. If you come into a lump sum of cash (income tax returns,selling something major like a car you can’t afford to feed gas and pay insurance on any longer,etc), use some of that money to invest in a few bulk items.


Meal Planning 101

For those who need help figuring out how to meal plan, check out Meal Planning 101.

The one area I tend to be the most organized in is my meal planning. I have found that  being really fussy and detailed about meal planning helps tremendously when working within a small budget.  There is a lot less food waste , money just tossed in our compost heap when I stick to a plan.



The McBudget

This is a sample budget given to McDonald’s workers . McDonald’s is openly saying, “You are going to have to get a second job.” At least they are recognizing how impossible it is to live on minimum wage in the U.S. That’s where the realism ends.

$600 for rent? I live in an itty-bitty small town and you can’t find a place to rent for that. Forget about the city.  I see they did include a car but no gas money. This hypothetical employee lives in a tropical climate where you don’t need heat but they must not be using the A/C too much. Not with that electric bill.

McDonald’s, for its part, charges employees $12.58 a week for the company’s most basic health plan.That’s if they’ve been with the company for a year.  But somehow, this employee has a $20 healthcare plan. I suppose at least they’re not using the Walmart health care plan (telling employees to go apply for Medicaid ). However, they are absolutely assuming that all their employees are going to be receiving food stamps. This is why they didn’t bother budgeting for food. They neglected to budget for groceries that SNAP will not pay for, like toilet paper and personal hygiene items. Clothing is optional,as well. Yay, nudist employees at McDonald’s!

Fighting the Urge has broken this down well.
(slightly adult language at the end of the post)