Ive been in your situation, i hope you read this Sarra1833, ill give you some ideas i had, tried MRE's for the family not economical or satisfying
and if you have kids and clearly you do, buy what they will like and eat no not junk but food they will like eating, work out of your budget, if you
say you cant afford it now, then get what you can on your budget, here are some inexpensive options that are easy to get and go a long way.
I bought a lot of canned ham, nonrefrigerated canned ham called DAK at Walmart, its a pound of precooked ham thats good for 4 1/2 years, at $3.89 a
can its a good deal, also it is so yummy it is a huge hit in our home, we make it for breakfast, put it in eggs and potatoes, it really is good
I also have bought many cans of Pineapple as sweet and tastey as it is my kids love it, its also super nutricious and is good for 2 years, at $5.66
for 6 cans its a good deal at Sams, we rotate thru ours making it into a treat also we use some to add a pineapple flavor to our DAK.
I have also bought 10Packs of Tuna, the old reliable Tuna, Good for years and cheap, A 10PK costs from $6-$8 depending on where you buy it if it isnt
as popular as it is in our home its so easy to disguise into a Tuna helper or a casarole but great to have around, Uber nutricious.
I have bought 2 cheap radios at the dollar store it is a battery radio but its small portable and a long life and althought it isnt a NOAA radio i
think its good enough for a short time period and weather reports, and a couple packs of batterys will extend its usefullness. I would say it costed
$5.00 in total 2 radios 3 4pk dollar store AAA batterys.
Last but not least Water Jugs, or bottled water, you must have water, water is life. The tablets are a good idea also but make the water taste like
S***, when you have the money get a portable purifier with extra filters.
I suggest these items because with $30.00 you can make it for days in your current location with proper preperation, if you must Bug Out having some
of these couldnt hurt for either surviving or barter. Good Luck.
Here are some videos i found informative and very instructional.
Canned food shelf life www.youtube.com...
Long term Food items www.youtube.com...
After Armageddon TV series www.youtube.com...