December 14, 2009

Stockpiling, Emergency Preparedness, and Food Security

Today, I’m adding the emergency preparedness section first because I want to make sure you all read it. 

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.

Emergency Preparedness—I’ve worked with the elderly in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient centers since I was 17 years old.  In my youth I was a candy striper and volunteered at nursing homes.  In all of those years, I’ve never had to actually perform CPR.  I’ve seen people code and have assisted with 911 calls and patient care, but I’ve never actually had to administer rescue breaths or compressions—until  yesterday. 

We usually sit in the same seats, as most regular church goers tend to do.  Yesterday, though, someone was in those seats.  We moved to a different aisle.  Then people were visiting with others, and we moved down so that they could sit more closely together.  Isn’t it always like that?  God puts us where we need to be, and we don’t even realize it until later.  Without going into a lot of detail and risk breaching her privacy, I will say that we administered CPR to a lady who was sitting directly in front of us.  We were able to revive her, and she was fully aware and communicative when the paramedics arrived. 

In debriefing after the event, our church realized the importance of having names of people within the church who are trained and certified in CPR.  I was assisted by a nurse, trained medical assistant, and retired nurse in the CPR.  We had another person trained in CPR assist with the phoning of 911.  A police officer, also trained in CPR, helped with directing the paramedics and assisted as needed.  Everyone who was trained rushed to assistance and helped as needed, but what if we had not had those people present? 

I encourage you to speak with your house of worship, workplace, or community center to create a list of who is trained and certified in CPR. If you realize that there are not enough people with up to date training, you might want to contact your local Red Cross about scheduling a training event.   I knew the steps that we needed to take because I’ve had so many of the trainings over the years—repetition helps!  At the same time, realize that emergency situation never go completely “according to procedure”.   Having other people around you who are trained helps to make sure the person is cared for in the best possible way.  If you work in healthcare, as I do, I’m sure you have plenty of people available to help if someone codes.  Even still, I encourage you to pay attention when you have your CPR recertification.  Ask questions, practice.  You may never know whose life you will help to save. 

In the last 2 years, I’ve performed the Heimlich maneuver and now CPR.  Both of those events occurred at church.  While I hope that I never have to perform either of those again, I’m so grateful to my employers for making sure I had these lifesaving skills. 

Food Security—Once a month, I encourage you to check your food storage.  What needs to be used before it spoils?  One of the reasons we are eating red potatoes tomorrow night for supper is that I checked them and they are starting to get a bit wrinkly.  With Hanukah, Christmas, and Winter Solstice celebrations occurring this week and next, you might want to make some room in your refrigerator for all of the holiday foods.  This week use what needs using.

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, Stretching a Buck blog, and Frugally Farming Family.  Thanks for their great work!  I wasn’t extremely excited about the deals this week.  I doubt I’ll pick up much more than a handful of items at the grocery.  Some weeks are like that. 

Earth Fare

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 !)

Walgreens-This week, they will have another 4 day sale.  If you can wait, you might want to go in later in the week in order to score the $5 off your next purchase catalina/RR.  To view the deals for the 4 day sale, go to I Heart Wags.  I received a $1/1 Puff’s product mailer coupon yesterday, and I plan to use it during the 4 day sale.  If you have one of these also, be sure to give it to the cashier BEFORE using the store coupon.  I Heart Wags also notes that there is a Friends and Family coupon scheduled for 12/18.

  • $8 RR wyb Complete Multipurpose Solution, 12oz+  at $7.99 free
    -$1 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution 12 oz. RP 10/25
  • Progresso Soup 99¢ (limit 4)
    -.50/2 Progresso soup any SS 10/25, SS 11/08, SS 11/15
    -.25/1 Progresso Reduced Sodium soup SS 11/08, 12/6
    -.25/1 Progresso Light soup SS 10/25
    -.25/1 Progresso High Fiber soup SS 11/15
    -$1/3 Progresso soups printable
    -$1 off Progresso High Fiber printable (IE) or printable (FF)
    -$1.10/3 off Progresso soups printable or printable
  • Lindsay Olives 99¢ w/ in-ad coupon
    -$1/2 Lindsay Olives, printable (must register)
  • General Mills Cereals $1.99
    Honey Nut Cheerios, Wheaties and Cinnamon Toast Crunch pictured
    -$1/2 Chex cereals SS 11/15 or printable or printable
    -.75/1 Cocoa Puffs cereal printable or printable
    -$1 off Cinnamon Toast, Lucky Charms, Trix or Cocoa Puffs printable (IE) or printable (FF)
    -$1/2 General Mills Big G cereals SS 11/8 or printable or printable (There is also a mailer coupon for $1/1 Honey Nut Cheerios)
  • Canned hams are on sale for $1.99 and canned salmon is on sale for $1.49.  While these periodically go on sale for this price, I mention them because they are good donations to food pantries.  Food pantries and homeless shelters are very much in need of donations now.


  • 99¢ ECB wyb Advil PM 4ct at 99¢ Limit 1 free
  • $9.99 ECB wyb Complete Multi-Purpose Contact Solution at $9.99 Limit 1 free
    -$1 off Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, any 12 oz.+ RP 10/26
    -$2 off Complete Solution printable
    (this is a month long deal advertised in the Clipless coupon booklet)

Target—While there are some holiday candies on sale, I didn’t see any really fantastic deals at Target in way of shelf stable foods.  Click on the link and look under “ongoing deals” for some ideas of freebies to snag if you are planning on dropping into a Target this week. 

Kroger (Atlanta/Knoxville area)

  • Bananas 39¢ lb
  • Dole Pineapple 20oz., or Tropical Fruit 15 oz., $1 ea
    -.55/2 Dole Pineapple January All You Magazine
    -.35/2 Dole Pineapple SS 11/8
    -.50/1 off any Dole product printable (makes it free)
  • Kotex Pads 14-24 ct. Liners 33-64 ct. or Tampons 18 ct $2.50 ea
    -$2/2 Kotex pads SS 11/08
    -$1.50/2 Kotex Liners or Security Tampons SS 11/08
    -$1 off any Kotex Liner, Pad or Tampons All You Oct 09
    -$1 off any Kotex product Cellfire eCoupon


  • North Carolina Rome Apples 5lb Bag, $2.98 ea
  • McCormick Ground Cinnamon 2.37 oz., $1.50 ea
    -.55/1 McCormick Spice or Herb “All The Trimmings” Booklet at Publix
    -$1 off McCormick Spice or Herb RP 12/06 (regional)
  • Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mixes 18.25 oz., 88¢
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mixes 18.25-18.5 oz., $1 ea
    -.55/2 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie or Frosting SS 10/11
  • Barilla Pasta 16 oz., 80¢ ea
    -.75/2 Barilla Blue Box Pasta Kroger Mailer
    -.75/2 Barilla Plus Multigrain Pasta Printable
  • Ray-O-Vac Alkaline Batteries, $1 ea
    -$1/2 Ray-O-Vac Alkaline Batteries SS 11/08, SS 12/06
    -$1 off Ray-O-Vac Alkaline Batteries SS 11/08, 10/18 (makes it FREE)
    -$1 off Ray-O-Vac printable (use code 74016761)

Happy Shopping!

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