Observations made from Y2K until now. Lots of people making preperations are not using the food they are storing. Many of the folks who prepaired for Y2K and were not using their stored items, ended up giving them away over the years because they took up a lot of space, and were tired of looking at it. The ones who are still into staying prepaired made a lifestyle change, and started to use what they stored. I am not saying to use up your storage. What I am saying is to use it, and stay restocked. When setting up your storage, determine what you are going to use. Sugar: That is an easy one Beans: Navy, Red, Brown and others White Rice: a little more trouble than Minute to cook, but not much. Macaroni & Noodles: Lots of kinds to choose from Oat Meal: Quick, Regular, Thick, Organic many choices to choose from. Flour: If you really cook, you will use it. Corn Meal: Cornbread is good with beans Canning Salt: Better choice as you might need it for canning Powdered Milk: Better than not having milk The list above when put back in 5 gallon buckets is a fair start. You can find everything from this list at the local grocery store, or bulk food store, nothing trick or expensive. Other than Flour and Corn Meal the other items have a shelf life of many years. Now that you have it, start using it for your daily cooking. It will save you money, and be healthier for you than fast food. A good idea: Make up a cook book of your own geared towards your stored food items. Keep in mind the power might be out, and the microwave might not be working. It is handy to put the rice in a rice cooker in the microwave for 15 minutes, and forget it. Do you know how to cook it in a pan on the stove without getting on the computer and looking it up? Even if you know all of this, your kids might not if you are sick or injured. Information in print is always a good thing. If you store Wheat you can always grind a little now and again just to keep in practice. Better yet, if you have like minded friends, get together and grind a little wheat, and make some bread with it. Better yet cook the bread in your Dutch Oven. In my opinion you will stay better prepaired if you are using your prepairedness supplies every day, as part of your way of life. You can also determine that you need to stock to go with your BASIC LIST.