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Everyday Cheapskate: Best Nonperishable Food to Stockpile for an Emergency

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Here's the goal: Stock at least a three-day supply. You need at least one gallon per person per day. An averagely active person should drink at least a half-gallon of water each day. The other half-gallon is for adding to food and washing. Start small by buying a few bottles every time you're at the store.


Almost all dairy products require refrigeration, so powdered milk and canned evaporated milk are great stock items. These substitutes are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D when fresh milk is not an option.



If you have access to a propane or charcoal stove, you may be doing some cooking. A basic supply of salt, pepper, seasonings and sweeteners will improve the flavor of your food, and these items often are forgotten when amassing a stockpile.


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