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30,144 Reasons to Love Costco From the Comfort of Your Own Home or Bomb Shelter

Who doesn’t love Costco – the bulk-buying bonanza of big-box-store bomb-diggity?

I’m pretty sure “Mama June” from everyone’s favorite reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” probably does. Based on her overflowing shelves, it looks like she’s got supplies to last for years, if not several lifetimes. Like the rest of us, she does need to be able to feed her “precious” family, right.

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Seriously, can one ever have enough toilet paper, Kleenex, shampoo, saltine crackers, cereal, hemorrhoid cream, and lip gloss? Obviously not, or we wouldn’t be buying items like those in such huge quantities.

It’s like the bargain shopper who buys five items, when only one is needed, because they were “5 for $20.”

If I’m doing the math right:
Suppose one item was $6.
Instead of saving $14 by buying one item, the “bargain shopper” spends $20.

Hmm …

I know, logic is not a factor in bargain-hunting or Costco shopping.

Which brings me to my super-find of the year.

A gift that keeps on giving – in fact, it’s gonna be giving for 365 days, if the ad holds true. This gem of a bargain came in my charming little community mailbox just yesterday, from my close friends at Costco:

Costco, food for a year, pantry

30,144 Total Servings
4-people 1-year Emergency Cube Food Kit by Shelf Reliance
14 Cents per Serving
Item # 669553
Shipping & Handling included – [BONUS!]


This isn’t your father’s
Astronaut Ice Cream!

Hold your horses, now. I’m sure you’re all clambering to know what comes in this bundle of palleted-food joy, right?

Straight off the web-site:

  • Comprehensive food supply for up to 12 months for 4 people
  • Shipment arrives on a pallet that is black-wrapped for security
  • Pallet contains 63 separate boxes
  • All freeze dried foods have a shelf life of up to 25 years

Simple rehydration instructions, recipes, and helpful tips are included on each can.

This kit contains 378 #10 cans [a #10 can = 6 lbs, 6 oz. or 13 cups] of the following THRIVE foods:


  • 42 Hard White Winter Wheat (25 year shelf life)
  • 36 White Rice (25 year shelf life)
  • 14 Pearled Barley (8 year shelf life)
  • 10 Whole Wheat Flour (5 year shelf life)
  • 10 White Flour (5 year shelf life)
  • 8 Quick Oats (25 year shelf life)
  • 8 Cornmeal (5 year shelf life)
  • 8 Elbow Macaroni (8 year shelf life)

Fruits & Veggies:

  • 20 Potato Chunks (25 year shelf life)
  • 12 Sweet Corn FD (25 year shelf life)
  • 8 Broccoli FD (25 year shelf life)
  • 4 Carrot Dices (8 year shelf life)
  • 2 Banana Slices FD (25 year shelf life)
  • 6 Strawberries FD (25 year shelf life)
  • 8 Green Peas FD (25 year shelf life)
  • 4 Raspberries FD (25 year shelf life)
  • 10 Apple Slices (25 year shelf life)
  • 4 Onions FD (25 year shelf life)


  • 36 Powder Milk (25 year shelf life)
  • 6 Cheese Blend (15 year shelf life)
  • 6 Chocolate Drink Mix (25 year shelf life) – Can you say Ovaltine?


  • 6 Whole Egg Powder (3 year shelf life)
  • 8 Chicken TVP (10 year shelf life)
  • 14 Pinto Beans (25 year shelf life)
  • 12 Black Beans (25 year shelf life)
  • 4 Sausage TVP (10 year shelf life)
  • 4 Ham TVP (10 year shelf life)
  • 8 Lentils (25 year shelf life)
  • 8 Beef TVP (10 year shelf life)
  • 6 Taco TVP (10 year shelf life)


  • 2 Iodized Salt (25 year shelf life)
  • 2 Chicken Bouillon (5 year shelf life)
  • 6 Brown Sugar (10 year shelf life)
  • 6 Fudge Brownies (20 year shelf life) – Of course there’s dessert!
  • 2 Baking Powder (25 year shelf life)
  • 2 Beef Bouillon (5 year shelf life)
  • 10 White Sugar (25 year shelf life)
  • 6 Orchard Apple Drink (3 year shelf life)
  • 6 Orange Bliss Drink (3 year shelf life)
  • 4 Simply Peach Drink (3 year shelf life)

Woo-hoo!! Talk about a LOT of food! All we need is a small lake to rehydrate it all.

Well, I better start saving my pennies for this great Costco offer. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but according to the website, it looks like we’ve already got some rationale for stockpiling (my comments are in bold):

Reasons to Rely Upon Food Storage:

• Natural Disaster
• Terrorism  –  Always a possibility
• Labor Strike  –  Chicago teachers
• Economic Depression – Check
• Drought  –  Check
• Crop Failure
• Personal Tragedy  –  No, reading this blog doesn’t count!
• Civil Unrest  –  Check
• Unemployment  –  Check

bomb shelter, stockpile, food, costco

Cold War bomb shelter.
Looks like Martha Stewart’s.


Have I sold you on this great Costco deal?

Or, do you already have your supply ready?


  1. Oh, dear…thank goodness no Costco where I live and if anything happens, MJ’s place is stocked, right?? I’m thinking the best plan is for us to all bunk out at your place until the coast is clear and the supplies more readily available. : haha…

    • Sure, Sunshine, you and your family are welcome any time. :)

      Not that we have anything stocked up, since we eat too much fast food. But I do like the concept of having a big supply of food on hand at all times in case of serious emergency.

  2. With our new brand of eating, we are buying huge quantities of protein at Costco and going through it in a week or thereabouts……….. So, it has helped me get into my current svelte dress. :)

    • Congrats on your discipline. IMO, a high-protein/low car diet is how most human bodies best process food. Have you been successful staying away from bread, pasta, pizza, and potatoes? Okay, and desserts? Those are the tough ones.

  3. There’s bulk buying and then there’s bulk buying!!
    Not that where I am is going to need to a bomb shelter any time soon, but I’ve always wanted to have a basement/shelter that is fully self sufficient should the need arise…. I buy bulk loo rolls given everyone else seems to eat them around here. And I’m the only girl in the house too.

    • I think you’re safe in your little plot of paradise down-under, my friend.

      Do you have basements there, or is the water table too high, like most parts of California?

      I can remember how quickly kids went through TP. Seems like they blew their nose with a whole roll and it ended up in a trash can.

  4. This may be going a bit far MJ. I’d prefer a generator and real ice cream. But the TP is a MUST!

  5. Judy Berman says:

    My hubby convinced me – only recently – that I did not have to buy the 5 items for $20 to save money. I only had to buy one. What a concept. Thanks for pointing it out, Michael. But, now, I have to convince him that buying “back-ups” of things is essential. Wish me luck. I know he’d never OK that pricey Costco offer. Survivalists might be in the market for it, though.

    • I have to say, Judy, that I’m a backup buyer. I like having one in the queue at all times for certain things: Shampoo, half n half, soap, TP, coffee, laundry detergent – all the essentials, basically.

  6. My first thought: Are you kidding me? Then I had to laugh. :) We go to Costco almost every week, but what do we buy? Bread, Laughing Cow cheese, spinach, Kleenex, coffee, shampoo, laundry detergent…It just doesn’t compare to a $4,000 cube-o-food. I think I’d find a different way to spend that much money–if I had it.

    • Yeah, I don’t go there as often, but every time we go, I spend a lot of money. They definitely have us hooked. Everything seems like such a great deal.

      I like the concept of food for a year, but I bet rehydrating would get old fast.

  7. DesiValentine says:

    My husband is right now reading the add from Costo.com (costco.ca doesn’t carry it, which basically means we Canadians are screwed in the event of bomb-shelter-worthy catastrophe). But where’s the water? Shouldn’t this order ship with a tanker truck of water, complete with solar motor for perpetual filtration/aeration and/or purifying plant life? Especially when you’ll need to rehydrate a bunch of stuff. Maybe when the world ends, we can dig tunnels under the border in order to facilitate the swapping of melted snow for various TVP textured protein variants….. Okay, so maybe I’m overthinking this. =D

    • Nobody ever thinks about the Canadians, do they? It just isn’t right, Desi. :)

      I know, right? WHERE is the water, indeed? Nice that one has all the food for a year, but you’d be eating dust without the water. I like your melted snow idea via the CA-US tunnel.

      Have you eaten TVP – I haven’t had it in a long time, so it’s probably much better than it was before.

      • DesiValentine says:

        It’s because we’re so friendly, I think. Plus our bizarre tendency toward British self-deprecation. Nice guys finish last, I tell ya’. Though, at least we won’t be thirsty 😉

        I’ve had TVP, and I doubt very much that it’s any better than it was before. Think fibrous extruded soy curd with “authentic chicken-style flavouring” and “natural meat texture”. Yum.

  8. I’m putting together a kit for poor people: Ovaltine, Tang, and powdered milk.
    Seriously, though, I’ve always wanted a fully stocked bomb shelter. Just…to have. Is that weird?

    • The drinks do seem to be um, interesting, don’t they?

      I too, have always wanted a stocked bomb shelter. Are we both weird? Doesn’t it seem like it would be kind of like a fort when you were a kid?

      • I do love some Ovaltine. More Ovaltine please! I keep thinking I should buy it for the kids. They crave chocolate milk, and I try not to buy Hershey’s Chocolate I mean HFCS.
        My reasons for wanting a bomb shelter are three-fold.
        1. A fort would rock!
        2. I like to have any excuse to prepare and/or organize aka obsess.
        3. I kind of groove on emergency situations and having to seek shelter.
        Now you know exactly how weird I am and it’s probably more than you want to know!

        • You should get Ovaltine for the kids, for sure!

          I’m with you on all three reasons, except that I obsess about organization, but don’t always get around to accomplishing organizing.

  9. Opening up with Honey Boo Boo and closing it with a bomb shelter to go…yea, it really doesn’t get better than that MJ. Why would anyone want to hang around after the bombing…never really got that, especially after seeing the Mad Max movies, people seemed tense.

    • I’m so glad you appreciate that, Topsy! And great point about NOT wanting to be around after. It could get pretty scary. Everyone trying to steal everyone else’s Costco food.

  10. I’ve always been amazed by this product. I can’t believe someone convinced them to carry this. Talk about fear-based shopping…

    • It’s interesting, isn’t it? There were three reviews on this product, so I’m assuming they bought that package. I went on Shelf Reliance’s website and the food is highly rated by its consumers.

  11. You might survive the bomb, but the preservatives and crap in the food will kill you long before it’s save to go outside…

    Protein is good but carbs are also critical to your body functions. Without them (and with excess protein) your kidneys can shut down. Just sayin’ – skip Atkins and be smart.

  12. Man oh man, I’m coming over to your house in December!!! and I HATE honey boo boo child—I watched God Bless America last night and she (families/people like her Mama) is the face of our decline as a race UGH.

    • Ha! :)

      Honey boo boo – I guess you either really don’t like her, or in the words of a critic: “It’s like watching a train wreck.” I haven’t watched more than a couple of minutes, so I don’t have an opinion about the show. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t watch it for very long, though.

  13. HIlarious. But when war is declared, mark my words, whoever takes that offer will be ready for national emergency in any form. I have never, ever heard of an emergency food cube. Thank you for broadening my horizons.

  14. Seriously?? Doesn’t this sound a teeny bit like somebody pandering to our natural fears of things we can’t control? That said, I don’t suppose it would be foolish to stock up a bit, at least on things like paper products that don’t expire. But storing raspberries and apple slices for 25 years? Yuck!

    • Where’s your sense of rehydrated adventure, Debbie? :)

      I have had dehydrated food – in the Air Force. I was one of the few who actually liked it. I ate the packs for about 10 days and actually ate some from the other guys, too. Mind you, I also like cafeteria food as well.

  15. This reminds me of that show on TV, Doomsday Preppers. And it just goes to show you that reality TV = products for stores.


    Freeze dried sounds so yummy. You would think twinkies would be in the bundle.

    • I haven’t seen Doomsday Preppers. I’m kind of disappointed I hadn’t heard about that. I have to see at least one episode somehow.

      Ooh, Twinkies would be a great addition to the bundle. They have an incredible shelf life.

  16. Oh, Costco. They think of everything!

    I’m trying to imagine $4000 of dehydrated food… I get how it could be useful in the event of a major catastrophe. Somehow, though, I think I’d be shopping for other things if I had an extra 4 grand lying around. :)


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