December 8, 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.  Most of these are from Southern Savers and Frugally Farming Family.  Thanks to Jenny and Hannah for their great work!


  • $3 RR wyb $10 of Nabisco Crackers at $2 ea
    Wheat Thins, 10 oz., Ritz 16 oz., Triscuit, 9.5 oz.
    -$1/2 Nabisco cracker products printable
    -$1 off Nabisco crackers SS 11/08
    -$1 off Nabisco crackers Dec 2009 Kraft Food and Family Mag
    -$1/2 Wheat Thins “Keep the Jingle” booklet
    $10 rebate wyb (10) Nabisco crackers, Easy Cheese or Planters nuts - form here
  • **Deal Idea**
    Buy: (5) Crackers $2 ea
    Use: (5) -$1 off SS 11/8
    Total Due: $5
    Get Back: $3 RR, Makes it 40¢ ea
    Repeat Transaction and submit for rebate.
    **can’t use the $3 RR to pay for repeat trans. though**
  • Toberlone Chocolate 2 for $3
    -$1 off Toberlone SS 11/22 (regional)
    -$1/2 Toberlone Walgreens December Coupon Booklet
    (use 2 manuf. coupons and store coupon makes 2 free)
  • Morton Salt 50¢ w/in ad coupon
    -.35/1 Morton Salt “Good Tidings” booklet at Publix
  • Kellogg’s Cereal 12-18.2 oz., Select Varieties, B1G1
    -$5 off 4 Kellogg’s Cereals 10 oz + printable (manuf. coupon)
    -$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
    -$1/2 Rice Krispies printable


  • $5 ECB wyb Bayer Contour at $14.99 Limit 1
    -$30 off Bayer Contour Meter, RP 10/25
    (note: this coupon will only take off up to $14.99)
    (pay nothing and make $5 in ECB!)  Use the $5 ECB to buy supplies or roll for additional savings (Click the CVS link and scroll to the bottom of the Southern Savers post to see some transaction ideas.
  • $2.50 ECB wyb (2) Crest Baking Soda & Peroxide, Cavity or Tartar Protection at $2.25 Limit 1
    -.75/1 Crest Toothpaste, 4.1 oz+ or liquid gel, PG 11/29
    (buy 2, use 2 coupons, makes it 25¢ ea)
  • Hormel Compleats $2 ea
    -$2 off Hormel Compleats October All You Magazine (makes it free)
    -$1 off Hormel Compleats SS 11/1


  • Cheez-Its, Keebler Fudge Stripes Cookies, and select others $2 ea
    $5 gift card wyb (5) participating products
    -$1/2 Keebler Club Crackers in Better Homes and Gardens and Redbook Nov 09
    -$1/2 Keebler Club Cracker Stixs printable
    -$1/2 Keebler Flip Sides Crackers printable (makes it 60¢ ea)
    -$1/2 Sunshine Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers Kroger Coupon
    -.75/1 Cheez-It printable (buy 5, use 5, 25¢ ea)
    -$1/3 Keebler Cookies printable
    -$1/2 Keebler Crackers RP 11/01
    **note: look for Town House and Club Cracker boxes with $10 Toy Cash Voucher Tokens, send in 5 tokens and get $10 cash! These have been found in the holiday food section.**
  • Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa 99¢
    -$1 off Swiss Miss printable (store coupon) (makes it FREE)
    -.50/2 Swiss Miss SS 11/15
  • Starbucks Ground or Whole Bean Coffee, 12-14 oz., $7 ea
    $5 gift card wyb (3) Starbucks Coffee bags
    -$1.50 off Starbucks SS 10/18
    -$1 off Starbucks SS 10/18 or printable
    (buy 3, use (3) -$1.50 coupons makes it $3.83 ea)
    **look for bags with coupon for free tall coffee at Starbucks**
  • Kellogg’s All Bran Crackers $1.99
    $1.50 off Kellogg’s All Bran Crackers printable
  • Johnson & Johnson Soap Buddies Bars 97¢
    -$1 off Johnson Baby Product RP 11/8 (makes it FREE)

Kroger (Atlanta/Knoxville area)

  • Green Cabbage 50cts/lb (this stores for a long time in the fridge)
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mixes $1 ea
    -$1/3 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix or Frosting SS 10/11
  • Progresso Soup 18.5-19 oz $1 ea
    -.50/2 any Progresso Soup SS 11/08
    -$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 eCoupon or Shortcuts
    (buy 2, use .50/2 paper and eCoupon makes both FREE)
  • Keebler Sandies Cookies, Cheez-its or Club Crackers $2.69 ea
    (buy 3 and get $3 off making it $1.69 ea)

    -$1/2 Keebler Club Crackers in Better Homes and Gardens and Redbook Nov 09
    -$1/2 Keebler Club Cracker Stixs printable(if included)
    -$1/2 Sunshine Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers Kroger Coupon
    -.75/1 Cheez-It printable (makes it 94¢ ea)
    -$1/3 Keebler Cookies printable
    -$1/2 Keebler Crackers RP 11/01
    -$1 off Keebler Sandies printable (makes it 69¢ ea)
  • Kroger Value Russet Potatoes, 10 lbs $3.99

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market--

  • Organic Yellow Popcorn
  • Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes 2/$3.00
    Use $1.00/1 coupon here
  • Arrowhead Mills Pie Crust $2.29
    Arrowhead Mills Organic Stuffing Mix 2/$5.00
    Use $3.00/3 coupon here (Don't forget Arrowhead Creations Rebate !)


  • Progresso soups 15.2-19 oz, $1.33 ea
    -.50/2 Progresso soup any SS 10/25, SS 11/08, SS 11/15
    -.25/1 Progresso Reduced Sodium soup SS 11/08
    -.25/1 Progresso Light soup SS 10/25
    -.25/1 Progresso High Fiber soup SS 11/15 (makes it 50¢)
    -$1/3 Progresso soups printable
    -$1 off Progresso High Fiber printable (IE) or printable (FF) (makes it 33¢)
    -$1.10/3 off Progresso soups printable or printable
  • White Lily Flour, 5 lb $1.50

Earth Fare


Emergency Preparedness--While we’ve discussed fire drills before in these posts, I thought that now  might be a good time for a review of overall fire safety in the home.

  • When lighting candles, do not leave them unattended.  A friend I knew in high school had a home fire when she left a candle in the shape of a hand burning unattended.  One of the wax fingers had melted off and caught fire to her nightstand.  Also make sure the area is clear to avoid anything dropping into the candle and catching fire.  Years ago, I would often have candles on the table when having dinner parties.  At a birthday party, some tissue paper from a gift accidentally was put too close to the candle and caught aflame.  With quick action, my husband prevented what could have been a disaster.
  • Learn how to put out a grease fire.  Keep baking soda near your stove and lids handy when frying.  Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and make sure you know how to use it.  NEVER put water on a grease fire! 
  • While cooking be mindful of where you place your towels.  If you have a stove, be respectful of it.  Do not place items on top of the eyes when it isn’t turned on.  (Pizza boxes, crates, etc) This is a pet peeve of mine because so few people realize how quickly a fire could start if the burner was accidentally turned on.
  • Learn what to do in case of an electrical fire.  Use proper prevention—check electrical cords and plugs to make sure they are not frayed or damaged in any way.  Pull the plug from the outlet at the plug site instead of tugging on the cord.  Regularly check appliances.  If you have an ancient space heater,
  • Teach children fire safety.  Do not leave matches or combustibles within easy reach.  Teach them to let adults know if they see matches, lighters, or something dangerous out.  We have taught also our daughter to respect the “safety circle”.  When we are camping, my husband draws a circle with the back of a shovel in the gravel or dirt approx 2-3 feet in larger diameter than the campfire.  She knows that she can go as close as the line but not closer.  With our fireplace at home, we have a fireproof rug that helps prevent the carpet from being damaged if sparks come out of the fireplace.  She knows she can walk up to the rug but not go any farther without our permission.  Whenever we light the fire, we remind her of the safety circle.
  • Learn how to prevent a chimney fire and invest in a chimney fire extinguisher for all fireplaces.  Have your chimney swept regularly. 

Food Security—When we arrived back home on Sunday night, my husband decided to make us pancakes for supper.  It is one of his specialties, and I was more than happy for someone else to cook after the long week.  He started to get out the ingredients and came to me and said, “Well, we can’t make the pancakes—we’re out of milk.”  I said that we had some canned milk downstairs that would work, and he proceeded to mix and make the pancakes for our supper.  It occurred to me that many home cooks may not know how and what to substitute when missing a necessary ingredient in your recipe.  Since knowing how to cook and how to make do with what you have relates so closely to food security, I thought you all might like to read more on this website.  I have used many of the substitutions over the years with great success.  If you have any other substitutions that you would like to share, please include them in the comments section. 

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