This article is a good starting point for new Preppers. In our current society, stockpiling is looking more and more like a Necessity, not just a good idea. https://www.livinglifeinruraliowa.com/2019/05/8-ways-to-quickly-and-frugally-build-up.html DO NOTE the comment about being careful at Costco and Sam's Club. Prices may not always be the lowest in your neighborhood. We use Sam's Club for many foods because they're available in larger units at slightly better prices, usually... YMMV . Always use cash to avoid leaving a paper trail back to you. We Don't have Aldi's here, nor really any good alternative. We avoid Safeway like the plague because nothing is on sale without using a "club card" and losing our privacy. We do have several grocery stores, larger chain stores and groceries which cater to Hispanic foods. Their prices are variable and we only use them if they have a sale event. We get a weekly set of flyers in the mailbox which helps to track prices and sales. Some stores also have a website where prices are posted, but I tend not to use the Internet for shopping, particularly for food items. If you are a Prepper, and buy in quantity, I advise avoiding the use of Amazon because it costs you your privacy to place orders or to have items delivered. I don't want to have my account stand out because I might buy in large quantities... --> This Guy Is A Prepper!