November 30, 2009

Stockpiling, Emergency Preparedness, and Food Security

Wondering why you are seeing this post on a couponing site?  View my posts here and here to find out why I believe these issues are important.

Stockpiling-- Here are the weekly “best buys” I found for adding to your stockpile (therefore the list is mostly of shelf stable items or toiletries).  Some of the stores are regional.  If you do not have a store listed in your area, or if you do not eat the items mentioned, then consider taking $1-$5 from your weekly grocery budget to use for building your stockpile. 

If you find some deals I missed, please post in the comments section. The scenarios are from the websites I’ve linked for the sales and match-ups.

I didn’t include CVS this week because I didn’t see many good deals in the sales ad or on blog sites.  Please leave a comment if you have scored some good deals there this week so that all may benefit.  The best places to shop this week seem to be Kroger and Walgreens.  Kroger’s one day sale with inexpensive cereal and the Ecotrin deal at Walgreens with overage should help to stretch your dollars.  If you do not use Kellogg’s cereals or products, you might consider donating them to a food pantry.  We scored some inexpensive cereal last month at Target and were pleased to donate it when our daughter’s school was collecting for a local charity. 

Walgreens—Use the $7.05 overage from the Ecotrin deal to score free food, toiletries or other supplies to add to your stockpile. 

  • Band-Aids character 20 or 25 pk or plastic 60 pk get $1 RR WYB 2/$3
  • Complete Multi-Purpose Solution 12 oz. $7.99 get $8 RR
      -$1 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, Any 12 Oz RP 10/25/09

See below for a couple of more deals from Common Sense with Money.

  • Toblerone bars 2/$3
    Use two $1/1 coupon from 11/22 SS insert (regional)
    Use $1/2 coupon from December Coupon booklet
    FREE after coupons!

Also, here’s how you can get some cheap Nivea Lip products and lotion:

  • Buy 6 Nivea Lip Balm
    Buy two Nivea Lotions

    -$2.97 when you use (3) Buy One Get One coupons from 11/1 RP insert
    Use two FREE lotion when you buy 3 lip balm coupon from 11/1 RP insert
    Pay $2.97 for 6 lip balm and two Nivea lotions

Walgreens is having a 3 day sale this week.  Go here to view that ad.

Three Rivers Market/Co-op Advantage StoresI usually wait until the first of the month to post the match-ups for these stores because sometimes new coupons are made available at that time.  The best buy to stock up on for December will be the organic popcorn at $1.19 per pound found in the bulk sections.   Popcorn is always good to stock upon because it can be used popped for popcorn and ground into cornmeal if you have a grain mill.  I’ll try to have the rest of the match-ups and deals posted late tomorrow.

Ingles—If you can find a store that has the 4 pack of Marcal toilet paper at $2.48 today, you can use the $2 off coupon and score for some inexpensive tp.  While there, use the free/$1 off Marcal coupon for very inexpensive eco-friendly tissues (our store had them priced at $1.18.)

  • Ragu pasta sauces 16-26 oz., at $1.98 (BOGO 99ct)
    -.60/2 Ragu pasta sauce RP 11/15
    -$1/2 Ragu Sauces printable (makes it 49¢)
  • Eight O’Clock coffee 12 oz., at $4.88 (BOGO $2.44)
    -$2/2 Eight O’Clock coffee printable (IE) or printable (FF) (makes it $1.44)
  • Blue Diamond Almonds 6 oz., at $3.38 (BOGO $1.69)
    -.75/1 Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds SS 9/13
    -$1/2 Blue Diamond Almonds SS 11/15
    -$1/2 Blue Diamond Bold Almonds SS 11/15
    -.50/1 Blue Diamond product printable (makes it 69¢)
  • Hartz Crunch & Clean Dog Biscuits at $3.38 (BOGO $1.69)
    -$2 off Hartz Crunch & Clean dog biscuits printable (makes it FREE)  NOTE--If you’ve printed this coupon in the past few months, it might not let you print another one.
  • Kellogg’s Cereals 8.7-12 oz $1.75 ea
    -$1 off Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, or Crispix RP 11/08
    -$1/2 Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, or Frosted Flakes RP 11/08
    -$1 off Kellogg’s Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies RP 11/8
    -$1 off Kellogg’s Apple Jacks or Froot Loops in store dispenser (makes it 75¢)
    -$1 off any Kellogg’s product printable
    -.75/1 Rice Krispies printable
    -$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereals, any, RP 11/08 printable
    -$1/3 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran RP 11/08
    -$1/2 Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Corn Pops or Apple Jacks RP 11/08
    -$1 off Kellogg’s Corn Flakes with Touch of Honey printable (if included)
    -$1.50 off Store Brand Coffee wyb (3) Kellogg’s Cereals printable
  • Ray-O-Vac Alkaline Batteries, $1.25 ea
    -$1/2 Ray-O-Vac alkaline batteries SS 11/08
    -$1 off Ray-O-Vac alkaline batteries SS 11/08, 10/18 (makes it 25¢)

Kroger Atlanta/Knoxville area--

  • One Day Sale on December 3rd--

    50% off Kellogg’s Cereal and Bars, Keebler or Sunshine Cookies and Crackers or Kashi Cereal and Crackers Select Varieties
    -$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereals, any, RP 11/08 printable
    -$1 off Kellogg’s Crispix or Rice Krispies RP 11/8
    -.50 off fruit wyb Kellogg’s Special K printable
    -$1.50 off store brand coffee wyb any 3 Kellogg’s cereals printable
    -$1 off any 6ct+ Kellogg’s Cinnabon Bars printable
    -$1/2 off any 6ct+ Kellogg’s Special K Bars printable
    -$1/2 Rice Krispies printable
    -$1/2 Keebler Town House Flipside Crackers printable
    -$1/2 Keebler Club Crackers in Better Homes and Gardens and Redbook Nov 09
    -$1.50 off Kashi GoLean Crunch Vocalpoint Mailer or printable
    -$1 off Kashi Honey Sunshine Go Mambo booklet
    -$1.50/2 any Kashi Cereal printable (no prints left)

  • While not a shelf stable item, this seems to be a good deal--

    Jimmy Dean Breakfast Links or Patties Fully Cooked 9.6 oz $2.50 ea
    Free Kroger Large Dozen Eggs with ANY 2 Jimmy Dean Sausages Purchased
    -$1 off Any Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage RP 11/01

  • Progresso Soup 18.5-19 oz $1 ea
    -.50/2 any Progresso Soup SS 11/08, 10/25 and Shortcuts
    -$1/4 any Progresso Soup SS 11/15 or SS 11/08
    -$1.10/3 any Progresso Soup printable
    -.50/2 any Progresso Soup Cellfire
  • Annie’s Pasta and Cheese 6oz $1 ea
    -.50/1 off any Annie’s product printable(makes it FREE)
  • Mom’s Best Cereal 12-16.5 oz $1.99 ea
    -.75/1 off any Mom’s Best Product printable
  • Charmin Bath Tissue 6 Mega or 12 Big Rolls $5.99 ea
    -.25/1 Charmin PG 11/29
    -$1 off any Charmin 6 pack or larger PG eCoupon
    -$1 saved for College wyb any Charmin Mega Roll pk. Upromise eCoupon
    (makes it $3.49 after all savings)
  • Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz .50 ea


  • Steaz Organic Iced Tea (16 oz) - ?
    Use the Get 1 FREE coupon here (exp 12/31)
    Final Price = FREE
    * Note: there is also a B1G1 Free coupon here
  • Del Monte Canned Vegetables (14-15 oz) - $0.66/ea (reg. price)
    Use $1/8 in 11/15 Red Plum insert or $1/4 here
    Use $1/6 Target coupon here (exp 12/12)
    Final Price = $0.33/ea when you buy 6 or $0.41/ea when you buy 8
  • Kellogg's All Bran Crackers - $1.99/ea
    Use $1.50/1 here
    Final Price = $0.49/ea

Emergency Preparedness & Food Security—This week I thought we could discuss some gift ideas in these categories.

  • Cookbooks and Canning Cookbooks—pick your favorites or stick with classics like the Joy of Cooking and the Ball Blue Book.
  • Books such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle or Periodicals such as the Farmers Almanac and Mother Earth News or instructional manuals such ones related to home repair
  • Calendars, especially ones related to gardening.  The Farmers Almanac annual calendar is such a nice one because it includes moon phases and recommendations on planting. 
  • Gift certificates to local stores, on line seed catalogs, or any store that provides supplies you think that the recipient might like--gardening/farming supplies, emergency or camping supplies, or hunting or fishing supplies.
  • A gift of seeds, including ones you have saved yourself.  My favorite on line stores are Kitchen Garden Seeds and Seeds of Change.
  • Gifts from your garden, kitchen, or canning.  Make a gift basket and include some of your home preserved, home baked, or otherwise homemade items.  If you do not preserve foods, make a visit to a local farmers market, Amish country, or your local co-op to see if they have some items for purchase. 
  • Gifts to keep warm--Winter silks or thermals, hot pads, electric blankets, rice bags, hot water bottles, fleece pullovers, warm slippers (children really like fun designs), home knitted socks/hats/scarves, or slipper socks.  On this note, a friend of mine knitted me some homemade socks.  I have enjoyed them more than words can say.  They are the perfect color, fit wonderfully, and are nice and warm.  If you knit, don’t negate how wonderful of a gift homemade items can be!
  • Gifts of light—flashlights, especially self crank or solar recharging batteries are nice, nice candles, and lamps for camping.
  • Gifts of tools or knives—One year my uncle gave me a really nice gift set of garden shears, pruners, and hedge trimmers.   Another year, he gave my husband and I a really nice wheel barrow.  Both gifts have been so appreciated and I’m reminded of how thoughtful they were each time I use them.  Speak with other gardeners, farmers or campers to ask what might be a useful tool to avoid buying something that is just a gimmick.  For children, I like to give them a real tool that is scaled to their size.  Our daughter enjoys the real (not plastic junk!) rake, hoe, and shovel I gave her one year.  Whenever we are in the garden, she goes to the potting shed to get her tools.   Also know that these gifts do not have to be new.  My father gave my husband some of his power tools that he no longer used, and they were appreciated even more because they were something my father knew he would like.  If you are looking for a great source of knives, I recommend Smoky Mountain Knife Works.  I’ve been very pleased with all of the items I’ve bought there both on line and in store. 
  • Cooking tools/utensils—grain mills, solar ovens, dehydrators, canning supplies (mason jars, canners, pressure canners, labels), good knives, or homemade items in this category.  My husband turns wood/lathes. He has turned pepper mills, rolling pins, honey dippers, bowls, and plates. 
  • For a new driver pick up a first aid kit for the car and/or a set of tools and roadside repair gear.  For a new parent, the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Dr. Sears series of books, cloth diapers, baby sling, and/or tools for home safety might be nice.  For a college student, a compact tool kit comes in very handy.  For a newlywed, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, or something for their kitchen, garden, or workshop might be nice.
  • One more idea comes from my friend Coupon Mommie.  She used many of her freebies and cheapies to make a marvelous gift basket for a friend.  She practically gave them an entire stockpile of supplies!  What a wonderful idea!

If you have any other gift ideas, I’d love to hear them!  I so enjoy seeing comments and e-mails from readers!

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