The A Bit at a Time Plan (Water)

Designate some of your household budget to reach the goal of having a 2-week drinking water supply on hand in your home.

Remember that’s 56 gallons (about 12 cases) minimum for a family of four or 14 gallons (about 3 ½ cases) minimum for an individual.

This supply will be mainly for drinking but there is also an allowance for very basic hand-rinsing and food preparation.  You may need to sacrifice a few extra treats or snacks while you gather water but it will be worth it.  You can also fill empty containers with water from your faucets.  See “The No Money Plan” for more information.

Your budget or shopping schedule may not match exactly so adjust these ideas to fit your style and circumstances.

  • Buy 1 case of bottled water each week when you do your grocery shopping. Look for the 16.9 ounce bottles which come in cases ranging from 24 to 40 bottles per case.  A 32 bottle case is fairly common. This will add ~$4 to $6 per case to your budget.  You may have to delete a snack item, use coupons, or plan meals around a meat or vegetable on sale instead of what looks tasty if you don’t already.  A family of four will have a minimum supply in about 3 months; individuals in about 1 month.
  • Prepare one meatless meal per week and use the savings to purchase a case of bottled water instead.
  • Buy water 1-gallon at a time.  Many grocery stores sell gallons of water for about $1.
  • Have all family members contribute the change from their pockets each day.  When you have enough for a case of bottled water, buy it and add it to your storage.
  • Consider investing in one or more 4-gallon bottles of water.  Depending on where you live a full bottle will cost around $12.
  • Ask for gift cards to your local wholesale club or grocery store for birthdays, Christmas, or other gift-giving occasions.  Use it to purchase water for your household.
  • Forego an evening out and instead purchase water for your household.

Little by little you will build your supply.  If a weather disaster or other crisis event hits before you have your entire 2-week supply, don’t worry.  If you only have a case of water on hand when a power outage hits, it’s a case you didn’t have before you started preparing.  Your God will provide.

 

Family of Four Water Shopping List (The A Bit at a Time Plan)
Price Qty. Item Purpose

$  75

12

cases of bottled water

(32 bottles, 16.9 oz/bottle or   the equivalent)

¨   Case 1       ¨ Case 7

¨   Case 2       ¨ Case 8

¨   Case 3       ¨ Case 9

¨   Case 4       ¨ Case 10

¨   Case 5       ¨ Case 11

¨   Case 6       ¨ Case 12

 

drinking water

$  50

4

giant bottles of water

(4-gallon, 5-gallon or similar)

NOTE:  these will weigh about 35 or 40 pounds each

¨   Giant Bottle 1    ¨   Giant Bottle 3

¨   Giant Bottle 2    ¨   Giant Bottle 4

 

drinking water and/or cooking,   washing

$  08

8

1-gallon jugs of water

(many grocery stores sell   water by the gallon and also refills)

¨   Gallon Jug 1     ¨   Gallon Jug 5

¨   Gallon Jug 2     ¨   Gallon Jug 6

¨   Gallon Jug 3     ¨   Gallon Jug 7

¨   Gallon Jug 4     ¨   Gallon Jug 8

cooking, washing

$133

 TOTAL

 

 

Individual Water Shopping List (The A Bit at a Time Plan)
Price Qty. Item Purpose

$  20

3

cases of bottled water

(32 bottles, 16.9 oz/bottle or   the equivalent)

¨   Case 1

¨   Case 2

¨   Case 3

drinking water

$  12

1

giant bottles of water

(4-gallon, 5-gallon or similar)

NOTE:  these will weigh about 35 or 40 pounds each

¨   Giant Bottle 1

drinking water and/or cooking,   washing

$  02

2

1-gallon jugs of water

(many grocery stores sell   water by the gallon and also refills)

¨   Gallon Jug 1

¨   Gallon Jug 2

cooking, washing

$ 34

 TOTAL

 

 

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