March 2, 2010

Stockpiling, Emergency Preparedness, and Food Security

I’m hoping to be back in the swing of things soon.  I didn’t post one of these last week, and I appreciate your patience as I get this and many other parts of the blog updated.  Life has been a bit busy lately.  ;)

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. 

Go here to access the links for the match-ups. 

Walgreens

  • Go here to learn how to score FREE Purex.
  • Go here for some scenarios on Kleenex and Kotex
  • Go here for a Huggies scenario.
  • Go here to learn about a hidden RR deal for General Mills.
  • Go here for Nivea, Reach, Aveeno, and Revlon deals.
  • Go here to learn how to get Lady Speed Stick for 24 cts each.

Target

  • Go here for info on Swiffer, Pedialyte, and Seventh Generation deals.
  • Go here for info on free GE lightbulbs.
  • Go here for the Sorry game price match info.
  • Go here for a coupon for Buddies Soaps, these are usually on sale for 97cts at Target.

Kmart

  • Go here to learn how to get Quaker products for as low as 40cts each.

Kroger is having a stock the cart sale.  They sent out a $1/3 participating products coupon which helps to sweeten the deal. 

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market.  It is a good month to stock up in the bulk section. 

  • See weekly deals here.
  • 89cts/lb steel cut organic oats
  • 99cts/lb organic popcorn
  • $1.39/lb organic pinto beans
  • $1.19/lb organic split peas
  • $1.29/lb organic green lentils

Emergency Preparedness—While I’m most familiar with the Lifeline medical alert system, there are many companies that make these services available.  If you or a loved one has limited mobility or is a fall risk, you might want to look into a program in your area.  If you have ever been injured or have ever fallen when you were alone and couldn’t reach a phone, you know how helpful these systems can be. 

I once knew a man who could not afford a medical alert system and so he would clip his portable phone to his pants so that he could call for help if needed.  You could do the same with a cell phone.

Food Security—It is time to check your food storage.

  • Clean out your refrigerator.  Give it a good wipe down.  Use anything that needs using before it spoils.  Compost anything that might have wasted (no meats or fats included in compost).
  • Check your freezer.  If you have a deep freeze it is especially important to rotate your foods so that things do not get lost in there.  I like to take everything out of the freezer and then repack it.  See what might need rotated out of your freezer to be used this week. 
  • Check your dry storage.  In your dry storage, check to make sure you do not have any bugs that might have infested your foods. 
  • Check your pantries and canned goods.  While spoilage isn’t as much an issue here, you might still want to rotate items out.  For home canned and dehydrated items, do check for signs of spoilage. 
  • Check your spices.  Once a year I like to give the spices a good look and to organize them.  Discard what you need to.  Hint, if it has been in there for multiple years, you might as well discard it.
  • As part of checking the food storage, check the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer to see if they are at proper temps. 
  • Check the seals on the fridge and/or deep freeze to make sure that they are sealing properly.  Use a damp cloth or one soaked in vinegar to clean around the seals so that they are free of debris that might interfere with their sealing. 
  • Try to organize your shelves so that you are able to see how much you have of a given items.  Group like items together.  Keep the “first in, first out” mindset.
  • If you use baking soda to help keep odors at bay in  your fridge and freezer, now might be a good time to change out those boxes.

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