Beware the “mall ninja” approach& to your preparations. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too much of the yuppie survivalist big-money types that fill some of the blogs.
I am a confirmed gun wonk of the first order, and the very nature of the “gun culture” can lead anyone into excessiveness. Yes buy ammo and a good selection of good firearms, but the most needed supplies will not be very “sexy”.
Evaluate your situation, at this point it looks as if we are going to have an economic collapse& and it will take some time and will be more obvious than we expect.
The time is here to stock “fill ins” such as canned goods, start with adding a few cans every grocery trip, I suggest items that complement your dry good storage, items of higher vitamin content that are not available in reasonably priced dry form.
Canned foods suggestions: Think, high calorie, high nutrition and vitamins
Carrots (very high in vitamins)
Sweet Potatoes (very high in vitamins excellent nutrition)
Pumpkin (very high in vitamins excellent nutrition)
Spinach (very high in vitamins, fiber)
Tomatoes and paste
Peaches, pineapple, blueberries and other fruits
Meats (tuna, ham, and others, high in calories and of course protein, use sparingly for flavor)
Peppers and Salsa blends (Peppers are highest in vitamin C and add flavor)
Dried foods Suggestions: (Typically two cups of dried beans will make four to five cups cooked – excellent storage and return)
Eggs (not always available at the grocery store, try mail order)
Pasta (whole wheat)
Wheat (not always available at the grocery store, try local Health foods suppliers or Costco or Sam’s Online)
Adding small selections of items each trip will help add to the storage plan.
How do you start? First – start NOW!
Add several bags of beans and rice every grocery trip.