February 10, 2010

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.

Target  (Thanks Stretching a Buck!)

  • Archer Farms Bread – $2/ea
    Use $1/1 Target coupon here (if Simply Balanced is included in sale)
    Final Price = $1/ea
  • Quaker Chewy Bars or Bites – $2.34/ea  (Reportedly the single serving oatmeal cups are no longer working for this deal)
    Use $1/2 here and here
    Final Price =$1.84/ea; It’s like getting these for $0.84/ea with gift card
  • Quaker Cereal Squares & Instant Oatmeal (10 pk) – $2.75/ea
    Use $1/1 or $0.55/1 in 2/7 Red Plum insert or $1/1 here (IE) or here (FF)
    Final Price = $1.75-2.20/ea; It’s like getting this for $0.75-1.20/ea with gift card
  • *NEW* Satin Care Shave Gel (travel size) – $0.97/ea
    Use $0.55/1 or $1/1 in 2/7 P&G insert
    Final Price = FREE or $0.42/ea
  • Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit to Go – $0.97-0.99/ea
    Use $1/1 in 1/3 Red Plum insert (exp 3/31)
    Final Price = FREE
  • Band-aids (8-10 ct travel size, Hello Kitty & others) – $0.97/ea
    Use $1/1 in 1/3 Red Plum insert (exp 3/31)
    Final Price = FREE
  • Johnson’s Buddies Soap – $0.97-0.99/ea
    Use $1/1 Johnson’s Baby in 1/3 Red plum insert (exp 3/31)
    Final Price = FREE
  • All Laundry Detergent (travel size) – $1/ea
    Use $1/1 when you sign up here
    Final Price = FREE
  • Reach Dental Floss (unsure of size – assuming travel) – $0.97-1.12/ea
    Use $1/1 in 10/18 Red Plum insert (exp 6/30/10)
    Final Price = FREE – $0.12/ea
  • Rolaids (3 pk) – $1.57/ea
    Use $1/1 in 12/13 Red Plum insert (exp 3/13/10)
    Final Price = $0.57/ea
  • Neosporin To Go – $1.98 (on clearance at some stores)
    Use $1/1 in 1/3 Red Plum insert (exp 3/31) or here
    Final Price = $0.98/ea
  • Go here to find out info about getting body wash and razors on the cheap.

Walgreens  (Thanks Southern Savers!)

  • $5.99 RR wyb Dove Mens Body Wash 13.5 oz at $5.99 ea
    -$1.25 off Dove Men+Care Body Wash RP 1/31
    -$1 off any Dove Mens+Care product printable (either coupon makes it FREE plus overage)
    -$1.50 off Dove Mens+Care printable
  • $2 RR wyb (1) Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive .75 oz at $2-$1 off any Super Poligrip Product RP 1/03 and printable
    -$1.50 off Super Poligrip printable (must register first)
    (either coupon makes it FREE plus overage!)
  • $3 RR wyb (1) Huggies Jumbo Diapers, GoodNites or Pull-Ups at $8.99 (I recommend using the $3 mailer coupon if you have one!)
    -$1 off Huggies Diapers Walgreens Childrens Activity Booklet (store coupon)
    -$1 off any Huggies Diapers printable
    -$2 off any Huggies Diapers printable (IE) or printable (FF) (makes it $3.99)
    -$2 off Huggies Overnites Diapers printable
    -$1 off Huggies Diapers SS 1/17
    -$1 off Goodnites printable
    -$2 off any Pull Ups SS 1/17 printable
  • Lindsay Olives 5 or 6 oz 99 ¢ w/in-ad coupon
    -$1/2 LIndsay Olives printable
  • Go here for the scoop on Rembrandt Whitening Kit for about $5
  • If you have the $2 mailer manufacturer coupon from Kroger, use it for the coke 12 pack deal (4 for $11 after RR)

Kroger (Thanks Southern Savers!)  There are many items included in the Daytona Mega Sale.  I’ve listed my favorites below.

Ingles (Thanks Southern Savers!)

  • Mueller’s Pasta 8 oz, B1G1 at 78¢ (39¢)
    -.55/2 Mueller’s - your favorite pasta “plan on pasta” home mailer - Feb coupon
    -$1/2 Mueller’s whole wheat or pasta ribbons pasta SS 1/03 (if included)
    -$1/3 Mueller’s whole wheat or pasta ribbons pasta printable
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Fruit Spreads 10 oz, $2.50 ea
    -$1 off Cascadian Farm printable

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market--

  • Organic Raisins, $2.29/lb (stock up price!)
  • Annie’s Mac and Cheese 99cts/box (coupon included in match-up list)
  • MaraNatha Peanut Butter $4.29 (coupon included in match-up list)
  • Just because they are so dang good, pick up a pack of Barbara’s Bakery Raspberry flavored fig bars.  They really are excellent.  $2.99
  • Looks like oats are also still priced at 99cts/lb (may not be at all co-op stores)

Earth Fare (Thanks Frugally Farming Family)

Emergency Preparedness—On a recent visit, my cousin was having problems with his hybrid.  He had left a light on, and it had drained the battery.  He was able to get it cranked, but when he made his way to our home, he wasn’t sure if it would start again.  It occurred to all of us that we weren’t sure how to jump start a hybrid.  If you own a hybrid, I encourage you to check your owners manual or call the car dealer to learn the proper way to jump start the car if that were ever needed.  Don’t have a hybrid?  Do you know how to jump start your car if the battery were dead?  If not, check out this site for more info and a video. 

Food Security—Earlier this week I gave my recipe for garden vegetable soup and talked about how much I have enjoyed dehydrating foods as a form of food preservation.  Here are some more thoughts and tips on dehydrated foods:

  • Most recipes call for you to rehydrate the foods in a warm liquid.  Instead of using water, try to use a more flavorful liquid.  For fruits use warm juice or if you prefer wine or brandy.  For vegetables, use the cooking liquid from your soup or a stock or broth.
  • When baking with dehydrated fruits, you will use more leavening agent to compensate for the weight of the fruit.  If your recipe does not call for dehydrated fruits but you are adding them anyway, add a heaping amount instead of a level amount of whatever leavening agent is included in the recipe.  I like to play in the kitchen so I often add ingredients that may not originally be included in the recipe.
  • To give a vitamin and flavor boost, grind dehydrated vegetables in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle to powder form.  The flavor will be intense so add a little and taste before adding more to your recipe.
  • Keep in mind that dehydrated fruits are a concentrated sugar and might not be the best option for diabetics.
  • If you are using dehydrated foods as part of your emergency supplies, be sure to have plenty of water stored as well. 

Remember that Co-op Advantage Stores, including our local Three Rivers Market have organic raisins on sale this month for $2.29/lb.  This is a great price!!

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