In 2002, an LDS First Presidency letter recommended a year supply of basic foods. Here is what that looks like. It's doable, and it's worth it!
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Here is a current price list for the LDS cannery dry goods. You could buy a year supply of wheat for only $96! That's 16 bags of 25 lbs. of wheat for $6 each. According to the above 2002 counsel to have 400 pounds of grains for one person.
Here are the current recommendations from the pamphlet All is Safely Gathered In (2007).
Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.
Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted. If water comes directly from a good, pretreated source then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic bottles commonly used for juices and soda. Keep water containers away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
Establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount (see All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances guide).
For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. These items can last 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place. A portion of these items may be rotated in your three-month supply.