25 pounds of Sugar or 5 pounds of Honey / Detergents
25 pounds of sugar at Wal-Mart is 13.24. Sugar is the cheapest sweetener to store and it does last a very long time. It may clump up but it is still good. If you store it in 5 gallon buckets it won’t clump as bad, I have some stored in buckets and some stored in the bags it came in, it does clump up a lot more in the bags. I’ve not stored any in Mylar but I am assuming it won’t clump up in the Mylar bags. (If you have stored it in Mylar please share about how well it stores).
Honey is a little more expensive,5 pounds of honey at Wal-Mart is 19.98. Try to find local honey, usually it is a little cheaper then store bought. Honey keeps forever, it may sugar a little if it does this just warm it, up to liquefy it back to where it was. If you can afford it, it is great to have, but if not sugar also works. They also make a honey powder it is 10.76 for 3 pounds at Wal-Mart. I have looked at the ingredients and it is mostly sugar with flavoring (no honey in it). I have some and it does taste like honey though, so if you want the honey flavor without the huge expense you have a choice.
Detergents You can store detergents or you can store things to Make your own. I didn’t price the different detergents since there are so many different ones and the prices vary (all expensive). If you plan to make your own you will need to store Borax, Washing Soda ( if you have baking soda you can Make your own washing soda for a fraction of the price of store bought ), Fels Napta or Zote, ( unless you make your own soap then you need lye, hope to do a post soon on making your own lye).
The Action Item for this month is to get your garden planned, even if you only have a small area you can plant a lot ( there is all kinds of information on the web for small area gardening). If you have already had a garden try to expand and add a few more things maybe even some things you haven’t tried to grow before. You might want to look into berry bushes and fruit trees also. if you have landscaping in your yard you might want to think about replacing some things with edibles (If you have to water might as well water something that gives something back).
The extra item for this month will be garden seeds, bushes, trees and herbs. After you get your garden planned try to start ordering the seeds and things you need for it.
Continue to put back water, either fill your own containers or buy store bought.
Keep adding some to your money stash. Add what you can, try to set a weekly goal even if it is only a few dollars every little bit will help and will be more then you had.
Have a great week.