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With the cold front moving in over the weekend I had a bunch of downtime, which I normally like to fill by making plans and strategizing. I stumbled upon an app called InstaCart which does grocery shopping and delivery for you (making money on product mark up and delivery fees). Since I don’t have a car I’ll probably use this type of service for to do the provisioning for bulk / heavy items before I leave.

Planning Out A Provisioning

There was recently a news article about two women that spent 5 months lost in the Pacific Ocean. While the story turned out to just be two crazy people from Hawai’i (their story is a bunch of drama and self-caused issues and they weren’t really that lost or in danger) they stated that they had provisioned for a year on $5,000. I was curious what it would really look like (money-wise) to provision for a year’s time, and this app gave me the ability to shop the local stores from the warmth of my bed. Below is the list I came up with while shopping (totals at the bottom) Publix (local grocery chain), ABC Liquors, and Costco. This doesn’t count fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats which have limited shelf life and would be purchased as you moved about. This is definitely not “camping” (lots of comfort food and variety) and has some items I don’t particularly care for but take into account having guests/company (especially in the Alcohol categories). I broke the items down into bolded categories for ease of use.

One of the big benefits of being able to upgrade from the smaller Cabot 36 to the Morgan OutIsland 41 is the amount of storage. Both dry storage and the fuel and water capacities. Once I install the watermaker I see no reason why I can’t stay dock-free for 6 months at a time while traveling.





Grains & Flour & Pasta   
Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Long Grain Enriched Rice50lb1$21.39
Conagra Foods Harvest Bread Flour50lb1$18.29
Barilla Spaghetti4x2lb4$34.40
Barilla Penne Pasta16oz5$9.45
Ronzoni Rotini16oz4$7.50
Wide Egg Noodles16oz6$13.14
Mueller’s Lasagna12oz3$7.65
Near East Original Rice Pilaf6.09oz6$15.90
Goya Spanish Style Yellow Rice8.0oz2$4.18
Zatarain’s Yellow Rice Mix6.9oz4$6.60
Near East Toasted Almond Pilaf Rice Mix6.6oz2$5.30
Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice8oz3$6.57
Rice-a-Roni Herb & Butter Rice Mix7.2oz3$5.37
Zatarain’s Bourbon Chicken Flavored Rice8oz3$6.57
Rice-a-Roni Mexican Style Rice Mix6.4oz4$7.16
Rice-a-Roni Creamy Four Cheese Rice Mix6.4oz6$10.74
Rice-a-Roni Spanish Rice Mix6.8oz6$10.74
Sushi Rice American Koshihikari2lb6$42.54
Canned Goods   
Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes8×14.5oz2$15.98
Kirkland Signature Whole Kernel Corn, 15.25oz12x12ct2$14.38
Kirkland Signature Cut Green Beans, 14.5oz12ct2$14.38
S & W Organic Black Beans8x15oz3$24.87
Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans8×16.5oz3$32.97
Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in Water8x7oz3$50.97
Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter,28oz2x28oz1$12.19
Kirkland Signature Organic Tomato Sauce12x15oz2$19.58
Dole Pineapple Chunks6ct1$9.29
Kirkland Signature Sliced Peaches, 24oz4ct1$12.19
Ro*Tel Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies10oz12$19.08
Ortega Diced Jalapenos4oz12$13.08
Mixed Vegetables15oz12$10.68
Del Monte Peas & Carrots8.5oz3$3.15
Del Monte Asparagus Cuts @ Tips10.5ounce7$15.33
Diced Green Chili Mild4oz12$25.08
Del Monte Whole Kernel Southwest with Poblano & Red Peppers Corn14.75oz5$9.45
California Sun-Dried Tomatoes With Herbs8.5oz1$4.99
Herdez Verde Salsa7oz12$17.40
California Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto8.5oz2$9.98
Margaret Holmes Squash with Vidalia Onions14.5oz6$8.94
Green Giant Extra Long Asparagus Spears15oz3$10.77
Bush’s Best Dark Red Kidney Beans16oz6$7.74
Mary Kitchen Homestyle Corned Beef Hash15oz6$18.54
Old ElPaso Green Chiles Refried Beans16oz20$37.80
Bush’s Best Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans22oz3$7.95
Bush’s Best Maple Cured Bacon Baked Beans16oz6$11.10
Bush’s Best Homestyle Baked Beans28oz3$7.95
Campbell’s Classic Chicken Noodle Soup18.6oz7$18.83
Lipton Beefy Onion Soup and Dip Mix2×2.2oz3$5.37
Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Condensed Soup4×10.75oz2$8.58
Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup4×10.5oz3$18.27
Campbell’s Beef with Country Vegetables Soup18.8oz3$8.07
Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup10.5oz3$5.85
California SunDried Tomatoes Halves3oz3$9.87
Hokan Sliced Water Chestnuts8oz24$23.76
Geisha Sliced Bamboo Shoots8.0oz12$13.08
La Choy Vegetables Chop Suey14oz17$35.53
La Costeña In Adobo Sauce Chipotle Peppers7oz12$29.40
La Costeña Green Pickled Serrano Peppers7oz3$4.35
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda13.5lb2$14.78
Imperial Granulated Sugar10lb3$17.37
US Sugar Powdered Sugar7lb1$5.39
Ghirardelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Brownie Mix19oz3$10.05
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix8.5oz12$7.08
Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix17.5oz4$11.00
Betty Crocker White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie Mix14oz3$8.25
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix15.25oz3$4.65
Betty Crocker Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix16.9oz4$12.36
Pillsbury Frosting Milk Chocolate16oz1$1.99
Zatarain’s Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Mix12.5oz1$2.19
Betty Crocker Whipped Fluffy White Frosting12oz1$1.99
Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Bars Supreme Mix19.35oz4$12.36
Pillsbury Funfetti Vanilla Frosting15.6oz1$1.99
Martha White Buttermilk Cornbread Mix6oz1$0.99
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda16oz3$2.85
Confectioners Powdered Sugar16oz3$3.75
Light Brown Sugar16oz3$3.75
Fleischmann’s Yeast Active Dry Yeast3×0.25oz12$19.80
Dark Brown Sugar16oz2$2.50
Rumford Corn Starch6.5oz3$3.27
McCormick Banana Extract1floz1$3.99
Argo Double Acting Baking Powder12oz3$5.67
Yellow Cornmeal2lb3$4.35
McCormick Pure Lemon Extract2floz1$4.75
Almond Extract1floz1$3.19
Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk9.6oz12$61.08
Spices and Oils   
Better Than Bouillon Beef Base16oz3$23.37
Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base16oz3$22.17
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar5l3$10.77
Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil2l3$57.87
Kirkland Signature Organic Virgin Coconut Oil84oz2$41.58
Vermont Village Apple Cider Vinegar2x32oz2$13.98
Kirkland Signature Pure Sea Salt30oz1$3.49
Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper12.7oz2$17.18
McCormick Oregano Leaves2.5oz2$9.78
Kirkland Signature Chopped Onion11.7oz2$8.78
Kirkland Signature California Granulated Garlic18oz2$13.78
McCormick Parsley Flakes Spice2.5oz1$4.89
McCormick Organic Basil Leaves2.85oz2$8.18
Kirkland Signature Saigon Cinnamon10.7oz1$3.19
McCormick Italian Seasoning6.25oz2$10.78
McCormick Zesty Lemon & Pepper Seasoning Salt26oz1$9.79
Kirkland Signature Crushed Red Pepper10oz2$7.78
McCormick Smoked Paprika8.5oz1$3.69
Kirkland Signature Ground Turmeric12oz1$3.69
Pure Vanilla16floz2$65.98
Badia Fajita Marinade10oz6$11.94
Taco Seasoning Mix1.25oz7$6.09
Spice World Squeeze Ginger10oz3$13.17
McCormick Dark Chili Powder7.5oz1$6.29
Bread Crumbs, Panko, SeasonedStyle8.00oz6$10.74
Original Style Bread Crumbs15oz3$4.95
Hokan Five Spice Powder1oz3$6.57
Marukan Rice Vinegar12oz3$13.47
Sushi Chef Black Sesame Seed3.75oz1$3.35
Hokan Chili Oil6.2oz2$9.78
Chaokoh Coconut Cream13.5floz6$23.34
Thai Kitchen Unsweetened Coconut Milk13.66floz12$40.20
Tyling Sesame Oil6.2oz3$13.47
KA-ME Rice Cooking Wine12.7floz3$14.25
Coffee & Tea   
Lipton Black Tea Bags312ct4$46.36
Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Milk Chocolate0.73oz1$7.06
International Delight French Vanilla Creamer3x32oz3$27.57
Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer5.5lb1$12.19
Don Francisco’s Vanilla Nut Coffee12oz2$11.10
Don Francisco’s Hawaiian Hazelnut Flavored Coffee12oz2$11.10
Don Francisco’s Coffee Butterscotch Toffee12oz2$11.10
Tazo Peachy Green Tea Bags20ct1$3.35
Tazo Chai Tea Bags20ct3$10.05
Hidden Valley Homestyle Ranch Dressing2x40oz4$48.76
Mt. Olive Kosher Petite Dills Pickles46floz2$9.78
Hellmann’s Squeeze Real Mayonnaise, Twin Pack2x25oz4$34.11
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce2x20floz3$24.57
A1 Original Sauce4x10oz1$10.89
Kikkoman Soy Sauce1.89l2$13.38
Heinz Picnic Pack: Tomato Ketchup, Sweet Relish, Yellow Mustard92oz4$39.16
Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup1l2$25.38
Kirkland Signature Pure Clover Honey80oz1$14.69
Dijon Mustard12oz6$11.94
Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard12oz2$3.98
Cholula Hot Sauce Original5floz1$3.89
Heinz Original Cocktail Sauce12oz2$6.18
Boar’s Head Horseradish Sauce9.5oz1$3.99
Tabasco® Habanero Pepper Sauce2oz1$2.75
Mama Mancini’s Peppers, Roasted, Sweet24oz2$8.58
Bennetts Original Chili Sauce12oz2$8.58
Rogelio Bueno Adobo8.25oz3$10.05
Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing16floz6$24.54
Kraft Salad Dressing Classic Catalina Dressing16floz2$7.90
Kraft Salad Dressing Thousand Island Dressing16floz3$11.85
Mrs Cubbison’s Classic Seasoned Croutons5oz12$21.48
Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian Dressing16floz1$3.89
Kraft Salad Dressing Olive Oil Vinaigrettes Balsamic Dressing14floz1$3.95
Kraft Salad Dressing Sweet Honey Catalina Dressing16floz1$3.95
Kraft Salad Dressing Viva Italian Dressing16floz1$3.95
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Avocado16floz1$4.09
Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce10floz7$17.43
Kikkoman Sweet & Sour Sauce12oz6$13.14
Iron Chef Sweet Chili Sauce14.5oz6$31.74
KA-ME Hoisin Sauce8.0floz6$20.10
Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste4oz4$18.60
Iron Chef Sesame Garlic Sauce & Glaze15.0oz2$10.58
Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste4oz2$9.30
Thai Kitchen Peanut Satay Sauce8floz3$19.95
Kikkoman Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce12oz4$11.16
KA-ME Oyster Sauce7.1floz3$11.25
Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste4oz3$13.35
KA-ME Hot Mustard7.25oz6$19.14
Kikkoman Plum Sauce9.3oz2$8.18
Iron Chef Orange Sauce Glaze with Ginger15.0oz2$10.58
Hokan Fish Sauce7floz2$4.18
Hokan Wasabi Powder1oz4$11.96
Hokan Tamari Sauce10oz2$8.10
Herdez Mild Salsa Verde16oz4$15.56
Herdez Casera Salsa7oz6$8.70
La Victoria Hot Salsa Brava Sauce8oz6$15.30
Badia Corn Husk6oz10$62.90
La Victoria Mild Traditional Enchilada Sauce28oz4$13.80
Herdez Ranchera Salsa7oz6$8.70
Rogelio Bueno Mole8.25oz3$9.57
Dona Maria Mole Verde Mexican Sauce8.25oz3$11.67
Badia Japones Red Chili Pepper3oz2$5.98
Patak’s Chutney Hot Mango12.0oz1$6.09
Paper & Plastic Supplies   
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid90floz2$23.40
KirklandSignatureFlex-Tech Kitchen Bags,13gal200ct1$18.29
Reynolds Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil2×18″x150′3$48.64
Kirkland Signature Paper Towels, 160 Sheets12rolls1$19.19
Kirkland Signature Toilet Paper, 425-Sheets30rolls1$19.09
3M Post It Notes24x100ct1$15.26
Ziploc Variety Pack Slider Bags140ct3$42.79
Kirkland Signature Stretch-Plastic Food Wrap 12″ Wide3000ft2$31.78
Canary Writing Pad24ct1$6.99
Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge21ct1$15.85
Clorox Clean-Up With Refill32ozand180oz1$12.55
Windex Glass Cleaner32ozand176oz1$14.69
Medicine & Health Care   
Johnson’s® Baby Powder15oz1$4.19
Hands & Face Wipes120ct4$11.00
Rubbing Alcohol, 70% Isopropyl16.00oz3$5.37
Hydrogen Peroxide32floz3$6.27
Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF15 Lip Protectant-3PK0.45oz3$10.05
Neosporin® Antibiotic Ointment0.5oz5$27.75
Sterile Alcohol Wipes100ct2$3.98
Sheer Strip Adhesive Bandages40ct4$7.96
Orajel Severe Toothache Relief Liquid0.45oz2$14.98
Cortizone- 101% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Crème2oz3$23.25
Benadryl® Topical Extra Strength1oz1$5.29
BandAid® 4X4 Pads10ct2$7.78
Band-Aid Bandages, Assorted Sizes80ct2$7.78
Bactine Antiseptic/ Pain Reliever5oz1$5.39
BandAid® Tapes Cloth10yd3$7.65
BandAid® 2In.X2.5Yds Rolled Gauze2.5yd2$4.38
Acu-Life Finger Protectors40.00ea1$1.65
Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief8ct1$4.75
Betadine First Aid Solution8oz1$15.39
Cotton Balls, Sterile130.00ea1$3.35
Ibuprofen, USP, 200mg, CoatedTablets50.00ea1$5.09
Epsom Salt4.00lb1$3.35
Tiger Balm Ointment0.63oz2$15.50
Ibuprofen, 200mg, CoatedTablets500.00ea2$30.98
Tums Extra Strength Antacid96ct2$11.18
Benadryl® Ultratab® Allergy Tablets100ct1$14.39
ContacCold+Flu Maximum Strength Multi-Symptom28.0ct1$7.49
Gillette Mach3 Signature Edition 17pc Razor Kit 1$39.03
Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste4x8oz2$31.70
Oral-Bprohealth Cross Action Toothbrush8pk1$17.07
Pantene Advanced Care Conditioner38.2floz4$48.75
Pantene Care Shampoo38.2floz4$48.75
Gillette Antiperspirant/Deodorant6×3.8oz1$18.29
Frito Lay’s Classic Mix Variety Pack Snack Bags54x1oz1$15.85
Kirkland Signature Mixed Nuts, 1.6oz per pack21ct3$65.97
SunMaid® Organic Raisins2x32oz1$13.29
Kirkland Signature Variety Snacking Nut, 1.6 oz per bar30ct1$20.79
Mars Candy Bar Variety Pack30 ct1$21.95
Hershey Variety Pack30ct1$21.95
Sunshine Cheez – It Baked Snack Crackers45x45ct2$26.82
Dare Collebration Collection Cracker Variety Pack2.58lb2$19.50
Nabisco Oreo Cookies10ct2$20.98
Annie’s Variety Pack Fruit Snacks34oz1$18.29
Mott’s Organic Applesauce36×3.9oz1$12.74
Del Monte Diced Peaches4×3.75oz3$9.27
Grey Goose Vodka1.75l1$56.99
Bacardi Superior Light Rum1.75L4$83.96
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum750ml1$19.99
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum1.75l6$137.94
Myer’s Rum Original Dark750ml3$59.97
Fireball Whisky750ml1$14.99
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey750ml1$23.99
Crown Royal Canadian Whisky1.75L1$43.99
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey1.75L1$39.99
Jameson Irish Whiskey750ml1$26.99
Baileys Irish Cream750ml2$47.98
De Kuyper Triple Sec750ml3$29.97
Sour Apple Schnapps750ml1$8.99
Disaronno Amaretto Cordial750ml1$23.99
Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream1.75l1$26.99
Jacquin’s White Crème De Menthe750ml1$8.99
Goldschlager Liqueur750ml1$22.99
DeKuyper Buttershots Schnapps750ml1$9.99
DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps750ml1$9.99
Midori Melon Liqueur750ml4$91.96
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur1.75L2$71.98
Jagermeister Liqueur1l1$31.99
Cocktail Bitters, Aromatic5floz2$17.98
DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps Liqueur750ml1$9.99
Rum Chata Mini Chatas15x25ml2$28.98
1800 Tequila Reserva Reposado1.75l4$135.96
Beer & Wine   
Sweet Water Brewing Company IPA6x12floz3$32.97
Dos Equis Lager Amber12x12floz5$85.95
Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Grigio750ml3$25.77
Dark Horse Pinot Noir, California, 2014750ml3$32.97
Bogle Merlot750.0ml2$21.98
Ozeki Dry Sake180ml1$4.99
Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel750ml3$43.17
Danzante Pinot Grigio750ml1$12.19
Blackstone Select Merlot California750ml1$9.65
Bell’agio Chianti750ml1$14.39
Ravens Wood Old Vine Zinfandel750ml12$199.08
Short Cake Zinfandel750ml1$16.59
Beringer Founders’ Estate California Pinot Grigio Wine750ml6$73.14
100% LemonJuice2x48floz2$12.18
Barsmith Simple Syrup375ml4$17.96
Barsmith Grenadine Mix12.7oz3$13.47
Powell & Mahoney Classic Bloody Mary25.36floz6$46.50
BarTender’s Instant Whiskey Sour Mix-8CT8×4.7oz1$3.75
Dole Pineapple Juice6x6floz2$7.98
Mr & Mrs T Pina Colada Drink Mix1.8l2$12.58
Rose’s Sweet & Sour Drink Mixer1l2$8.58
Sauza Margarita Mix1l6$23.94
Coco Reàl Gourmet Cream of Coconut22oz3$11.97
DiPadrino Sweet Vermouth750ml1$3.99
Master of Mixes Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer1.75l6$38.94
Master of Mixes Mojito Mixer1.75l3$19.47
Kirkland Signature AA Batteries72ct1$24.39
Duracell Coppertop 9V Batteries12ct1$20.61
Duracell Coppertop AAA Batteries32ct2$39.02
  Total $5,593.34

Using This To Actually Provision

As I have a lot of time before I can leave I’ll buy out this list over time, making it part of my normal monthly food budget. I’ve put this up into my Google Drive so I can access it while shopping. I have two additional columns to show actual price spent, as I’ll try to buy stuff on special, and a NOTES column. I’ll also take this and make a second copy to use an inventory which will autopopulate a shopping list of needed items to make it easy to stay full. 


  • Looks good, I’d look into stuff with a long shelf life and smaller packaging such as dehydrated product. Little stuff ie bouillon comes in small cubes, coffee creamer can be in flavoed and powdered. Just my thoughts on taking shelf life off the table. Maybe using honey as a primary sweetener as it never spoils and would store well. And multi purpose products like baking soda, it’s a cleaner, tooth paste etc…

    • Yea, I find a lot of products on Amazon that are in bulk but smaller packaged items, so like a 12 pack of 3 oz packages of baking soda. Also I’m buying a 110v/12v vacuum packaging sealer. With things like flour and rice you package them with food grade silica packets (to cut humidity). And as it’s 12v I can run it off the batteries for any fish I catch while under way.

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