June 26, 2009

Stockpiling, Food Security, and Emergency Preparedness

Background—Food Security is something that was drilled into me as a child.  With the Great Depression, the hard times of the war, and the inflation of the 70s fresh in the minds of my parents and grandparents, we were taught to make sure we had our pantries stocked.  I learned how to garden, preserve foods, and live frugally.  For me and my immediate family, stockpiling just makes sense.  One never knows when someone will fall ill, when there will be a natural disaster, or when a job will be lost. 

A quick example about emergency preparedness from this week—I was on the interstate in the middle of the day in Southern heat.  We were fully stopped in a traffic jam for between 1-2 hours.  I had my 3 year old in the back seat.  I knew we would be fine for a number of reasons:

  • I knew to check the AM radio station 1680 for traffic updates and alternate routes. 
  • I had a map in the car to aid me with alternate routes if needed.
  • The car had plenty of gas in it because I make a habit of not letting it go less than 1/4 of a tank.
  • I had my cell phone charged and phoned my husband to look up information on-line to help me determine how long we would be stopped.
  • I have a full case of water in my car. 

Here are what seem to be the best buys for shelf stable items for stockpiling this week.  Please add a note in the comments section if you see something that I have missed.  There are organic and non-organic items listed without my comments on the health of the foods.  I encourage you to make the decisions on what you buy for your family—make the healthiest decisions you can based on what your budget will allow.  If you do not shop at the stores listed, then I encourage you to leave $1-$5 dollars from  your weekly budget for stockpiling.


  • Bear Naked Granola, on sale $3.99.  Use $1 off coupon.

Prices listed are with 30cts off of each item. These are in the buy 10 get $3 off Mega Sale.

  • Chef Boyardee Pasta Cans or Microwave Cups 70ct ea. There are coupons that would make these as low as 50ct each.
  • Kraft BBQ Sauce  69ct ea.  If you have 75ct off coupons, these are money makers.
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.39 ea.  There are coupons that make these as low as 79 ct each.

Target—This is from the Money Saving Mom site.

  • Get a $5 Target gift card when you buy 4 Lipton Tea Bags (100 ct.) or Iced Tea Mix (10 qt.) priced at $2.50 each
    Use $0.60/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert or use $1/2 here or here
    $0.65-$0.75 each after coupons and gift card
  • Pace Specialty Salsa--$2.09 each
    Use the $0.50/1 Target printable here
    Stack with the $2/1 in 4/26 Smart Source insert
    Free plus possible overage after coupons

Other items—add a small jug of bleach to your stocks this week.  You can find bleach at Walgreens for $1.39 with in store coupon.  Go here to read more on how to purify untreated water for drinking in the event of an emergency.

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