The LDS Home Storage Center updated their prices two weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised that the prices have come down on many items. The most substantial discounts are bulk oats (-28%), rice (-35%), dry milk (-44%), and apple slices (-16%). Black beans (+29%), white beans (+10%), and sugar (+26%) on the other hand have gone up. So, if you have the means, I would recommend getting some oats, rice, and milk now. If you were planning on getting some more beans and sugar, you might consider waiting a bit to see if the prices change. I’d buy now regardless of the price if you don’t have any however.
Note that these calculations are based off of my own records where I have been tracking prices for the past six months and only represent bulk quantities. I hope to be able to provide more accurate and detailed alerts in the future as my records cover more time.
Another way to save money is to grind your own flour. Invest in a wheat grinder. The price of flour is twice the price of wheat and I can’t imagine that any of you are baking so much that grinding what you need would be any inconvenience. You also get the important benefits of healthier, non-bleached (not chemically treated and containing more protein) wheat and your body being acclimated so as to avoid appetite fatigue in the event you will have to live entirely off of your storage. I used mine to cook up a delicious batch of whole wheat pancakes for my kids this morning.