Case Lot Sales are wonderful but since I buy cases of case lot items I never know what is a good price the next time they come around.
So I really appreciate Prepared LDS Family's Comparison Chart for the more common Intermountain West stores offering case-lot sales as she tries to find the BEST prices for us so we don't have to do that ourselves. Here is her link...
There are resources on the internet that will help you know how to get started...or ask here, we would be happy to help!
Videos - 3 ladies tips on how they do it
3 Month Food Storage â€” Tip Junkie
Recipes and organization ideas...
Meals Ready to Eat a Three-Month Supply
Excel list of common foods bought for a 3 month supply for 1 adult with ability to add more...
Some of these ladies plans are more for profit so beware, but they have free resources that might help you get started
Step 3: Three Month Food Supply | Food Storage Made Easy
Some friends buy things like Mac & Cheese and Ramen as a snack food for their teens figuring that it could be meals in a pinch if needed, also a can of Cream of ___ soup over rice or pasta makes a low cost emergency meal. I store some of these because my family has special dietary needs so we don't rotate as much as would be needed for a perfect 3 month supply rotation. As the food gets older, my older kids are happy to take these items off my hands for the right price...free...
As others have said, if these foods are too expensive to do all at once, you can learn to make more very inexpensive meals from scratch and use the difference to buy more of the basics. Then eventually you have money to buy some of the already prepared items from what you have saved doing more of the cooking/baking yourself.
Also, the grain stores like Honeyville's (Utah, CA, AZ), Walton Feeds (Idaho), the "home storage" cannery or Discount Big Box Stores normal prices on grains, rice and beans can be cheaper than the "sale" prices at the grocery stores especially as some of the stores buy their grains and beans from these outlets and then mark them up by 50 - 100 percent.