December 27, 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.  The Target match-up is from Stretching a Buck.  The Kroger, Walgreens, and CVS match-ups are from Southern Savers.  I wasn’t terribly impressed with the deals at Ingles this week. 

While not shelf stable items, do not forget that you still have time to pick up 2 pies and a tub of ice cream at Earth Fare for the price of one pie.  Go here to find out how.

Target—They are having a dog food/gift card deal this week.  Buy any of the items below and get a $5 gift card.

  • Pedigree Dog Food (40 lb) – $18.89/ea
    Use $2/1 Target coupon here
    Final Price =$16.89/ea; It’s like getting this for $11.89/ea with gift card
  • Iams Dog Food (40 lbs) – $32.69/ea
    Final Price = It’s like getting this for $27.60 with gift card
  • Beneful Dog Food (31 lb) – $23.74/ea
    Final Price =$18.74/ea with gift card
  • Avocados are 69cts each—great price!

Organic Deals and Coupons also notes that the Method holiday versions are on clearance and  you can use a $2 coupon making these very cheap.  They were $2.58 at a local Target, but at hers they were $2.08.  Click the link for the details.

Kroger (Atlanta/Knoxville area)—

  • If I’ve done my math correctly, the Procter and Gamble deal at Kroger seems to be a bit better than the one at Walgreens this week.  In addition to the coupons doubling, you can use the P&G loadable coupons until 12/31.  Click the link to see the types of products and coupons available.  DO NOT FORGET that Olay Quench has a MIR where you can submit TWO per household! 
  • Kroger also has 1 lb bags of black eyed peas at 99cts.  While not as super duper as I’d like, this is a decent price for a bag of peas.

Walgreens--

  • Buy $30 worth of select P&G products and get a free Tide at $8.99 value. Click the link to see her scenario for getting items free.
  • Cashews and peanuts are $1.99 this week.  (last week the peanuts were 99cts, but this is a good price for cashews and mixed nuts)
  • Honey is $3.99 this week.  It isn’t local, but it is a good price.

CVS—Use the $5 ECB from the Bayer Contour deal in your second transaction to score some free foods.

  • $3 ECB wyb Flexamin or Nature’s Bounty Vitamins on sale B1G1 Limit 6
    -$6 off Flex-a-Min Joint Care, RP 11/15
    -$4 off Flex-a-Min Joint Care, printable (IE) printable (FF)
    -$3 off Flex-a-min product January All You Magazine
    -$2 off Nature’s Bounty Your Life Vitamins, RP 11/15 or printable
    -$1 off Nature’s Bounty vitamins printable

Emergency PreparednessMy husband wears contacts and has since he was young.  As long as I have known him (almost 12 years now), he has never had a pair of eyeglasses.  He always used contacts.  After Katrina, I started being a bit concerned about the fact that if we had a true emergency situation, he might not be able to see well.  We spoke about it on a number of occasions but never did anything about it.  We always kept extra contacts and solution as part of our emergency prep, and yet, it still bothered me.  He recently had his annual eye appt, and I’m pleased to say that he now has a pair of glasses.  While he may not need to use them, he now has them if there is ever that occasion.  If his eyes are sore or if his allergies are acting up, he has the glasses available.  If you have eye problems, do you have a pair of glasses available in the event of emergencies?  If not, do you at the very least have extra contact solution and extra pairs of contact lenses? 

Food Security—I don’t write these posts to bring doom or gloom or inspire people through fear.  I hope that these posts serve as inspiration and ideas to motivate you to take care of your family.  At the same time, I’m a realist.  Many crops didn’t fair well last year due to the crazy weather we had.  I was raised in a small farm community in west TN and grew up listening to farm reports on the radio. I know from those experiences that when crops don’t do well we tend to see higher food prices within the next year.  On top of that, many farmers went out of business last year, meaning that there are less farms growing and producing the food that we need.  Don’t hide from this type of news and at the same time don’t go wild with fear from it.  Treat it as information and do your own research.  Read the news, listen to the farm reports, watch the prices of commodities.  Make informed decisions for you and your family.  This week your challenge is to analyze your stored foods.

  • What gaps do you have?  No chocolate?  No coffee?  No water? 
  • Are the food groups covered?  Do you have tons of green beans but no cans of fruit? 
  • What about foods rich in vitamins?  White beans for calcium, canned spinach for folate, mandarin oranges for Vitamin C, etc.   Store some extra supplemental vitamins if you are able.
  • How easily transportable is your food? 
  • How much water is needed to cook the food?
  • What if you lost your job and couldn’t shop for a few weeks—would you have plenty to eat?

As I recommend in the stockpiling section, buy a few extra foods each week when you see great sales.  This keeps the financial burden of food storage low and with time these extra purchases can add up.  Next week we’ll talk about building food security through gardening.

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