I am not particularly pushing a certain company vs. another, but trying to buy dehydrated or freeze dried foods can be expensive at a lump sum, however something I have done recently. I bought 3 months worth of Mountain House from Sportsmansguide not too long ago, but then was concerned on getting balanced meals, etc. For it's me, my super wife and worlds cutest little girl. SO, I found Shelf Reliance, you can buy certain packages,etc. OR you can set up a payment plan, increase or decrease the monthly withdrawal at anytime, no penalty. You can specialize your plan to how many people, sex, age, and how many calories you'd like to eat on a daily basis, and pick out the duration to save for. BUT, then I found some emergency foods at Sam's Club that are half the price. So, maybe setup a plan through Shelf Life, and then pick out the items through Sams that are half price that match that of Shelf Life, and you can save money, but at the same time stock up on a balance meal plan for the family. OH, and the time frame of 72 hours for an emergency kit, folks, I am here to tell you, 2 weeks at the minimum. That includes water, fuel, etc. Especially water. I am in the military and I am involved in emergency repsponse and preparedness, and I am here to tell you, this forum is excellent, and don't wait till it's too late. Buying a little at a time adds up very quickly. I will try to post more, just very busy with college and raising a baby girl. Did I mention she's the cutest thing you'd ever see? Anyhow, stock up, interest rates are on the rise.