Monday, March 9, 2009

Price Comparison of Dry Foods From Food Storage Companies

When you read this post, you are going to find out how detailed I am. I have to blame it on my pioneer ancestor William Clayton who penned "Come, Come, Ye Saints" and The Latter-Day Saints' Emigrants' Guide; the guide that showed pioneers the "Table of Distances, Showing all the Springs, Creeks, Rivers, Hills, Mountains, Camping Places, and all Other Notable Places, From Council Bluffs, to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake."

But you don't have to be like me. Just benefit from my detail-itis. I spent several looooong hours over the past few days creating a Price Comparison of Dry Foods from Food Storage Companies. Many of you have asked where to get food storage foods. My list isn't all the companies in the world, but the ones I personally was interested in comparing. You may have noticed that I don't promote any food storage companies on my blog. And after you look at this spreadsheet you will understand why. You can't compare apples to oranges very easily. These are the companies I compared:

LDS Family Storage Center
Thrive/Shelf Reliance Food Storage
Walton Feed
Blue Chip Group & Morning Moos

Honeyville Grain

I discovered that not all #10 cans are created equal (packed equally), so I had to convert all weights of the #10 cans into ounces. I also listed some foods in pails (buckets) and bags. But my list is not all encompassing. Mostly the items I was interested in comparing. Just because they are on the list doesn't mean I store them all. Some companies carry many more items than I listed, and you can go to their individual websites to read more. I definitely believe I have some errors in this spreadsheet (who wouldn't) and prices will change, but overall you can use it as a Latter Day Saints' Food Storage Guide to compare prices between these companies. This is definitely a labor of love. I hope you find it useful.

Note: You will find that you can save a lot of money if you package your own food (member or non-member) at the LDS Family Storage Center. That is why these prices are lower because you do the labor. If you are not a member of the LDS church, I believe you may go there with an LDS friend. Someone correct me on this if I am wrong.


  1. I appreciate the time and effort you've put into this spreadsheet. Just an fyi if anyone may have an interest: Springville Walmart is now carrying spelt (a grain) in the large buckets and I believe they are priced at just under $30 per bucket. It's a nice alternative grain to wheat. I enjoy reading your thoughts on food storage and learning new things.

  2. WOW!!! This is amazing and so very helpful! Especially in a time when everyone is watching how they spend. Thanks for the time you put into this and thanks for sharing!!

  3. Oh my goodness. This is amazing! Thank you for all your hard work!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This looks like a lot of work, and it will come in so handy for my family.

  5. I really like your blog, I would love to do something like this myself but I don't have the time and you've already done it. :) I added you to our blog list for our friends to check it out. We're in Kansas and they don't have case lot sales out here. Any ideas?


  6. Thank you so much! I am very grateful for your help. People are always asking me for this information and now I don't have to figure it out!

  7. Oh my goodness! I just found your site and I am thrilled! I am off now to check out all your previous posts- thanks so much for such a wonderful blog!!!

  8. Wow, thanks! I am not LDS but I live in Utah and believe in being prepared for whatever the future may hold. I appreciate your blog and the valuable information. I was wondering if non-LDS can go to the cannery. Hmm, I may call a friend and see if she shops there. Thanks again.

  9. Thank you so much! I was just going to start on this project this month- now I won't have to. I love your site.

  10. Hey great blog!

    I'm not LDS, but I have a real appreciation for the sense of preparedness.

    My wife runs a homeschooling blog (it is secular because we have a family of mixed religions, so she focuses on crafts and learning aids that aren't rooted in one religion or another) at and I run a, well it's a junk blog, at for guys. It's a little rough (that's me showing through) but it means well. We both post about being frugal and independent, and passing these ideals on to our children.

    We're a one income family and my wife is having the time of her life teaching our son during his early years, and is always on the look out for new ideas for family preparedness. I'll be sure to check back and I'm glad I found you!

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My sister-in-law told me about your blog today while I was in the middle of price comparisons. This will save me so much time! I'm looking forward to seeing what other great things are on your blog.


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