If you coupon long enough, you’ll hear talk about “managing your stockpile”. We are able to buy so many products for pennies on the dollar, and as our stockpiles grow our storage space seems to shrink. Unfortunately, until a couponer develops his or her own system for rotating products, foods might spoil or go beyond their expiration date.
At home, I have a system of rotating my canned goods by placing the newer in the back and moving the older towards the front. Since I’m the main person working in my pantry, there have only been a few times when I found that things had wasted. The food pantry at church is entirely another story. With a much larger amount to organize and sort, with frequent donations coming in, and with multiple people utilizing the pantry, it is a constant struggle to make sure that food doesn’t go to waste. Because I feel very responsible for this project as its coordinator, I am always open to new ideas for how to organize the pantry in a better way.
A week or so ago, I was approached by Sarah Perkins, a local Independent Consultant for Shelf Reliance about doing a review and giveaway on my blog. Because I don’t profit on this blog and don’t always have enough time to do reviews, I usually politely decline when I receive email requests. However, what appealed to me about this proposition was that—1. Sarah is a local, and I like to support local businesses. 2. I’ve heard really good things about Shelf Reliance from other bloggers. 3. I was interested in how their pantry organizers could be used in the food pantry. Sarah also shared with me a little more about the company and their new Home Party Consultant program, which offers an average of 40-50% off retail prices for customers.
Shelf Reliance started several years ago with their amazing food rotations shelves and quickly expanded the company to include an amazing line of THRIVE foods that are freeze-dried, powdered and dehydrated, as well as emergency kits and supplies. They launched the Home Party Consultant program last spring and I signed up shortly thereafter.
Sarah sent me a Cansolidator Pantry to try out and review, which I chose to donate to the church food pantry. Yesterday afternoon Hubby, Daughter, and I set it up. (OK, really Hubby set it up while I was chatting at the church with my friend Sharon, but I was in the same room. Don’t I deserve credit for overseeing the project??) What I first noticed about the Cansolidator was how sturdy the plastic was. I’ve bought little organizers at Walmart years ago, and they were so flimsy that they broke or didn’t work properly. The Shelf Reliance product was sturdy, didn’t require any special hardware to put together (it popped into place in about 5 minutes) and was adjustable to account for different sizes of cans as needed. I moved it to the food pantry, filled it to its capacity and instantly wanted more of them for the rest of the shelves!
Sarah has generously offered to give away at Cansolidator on my site:
I am giving away a Cansolidator Pantry unit to one lucky person. These are a great way to keep your pantry organized and your canned goods rotated. There is nothing worse than getting a good deal on some food and then finding outdated, exploding cans in the back of the pantry that end up in the trash can because they didn't get rotated properly! After all, the most expensive foods are the ones you throw away. Even if you don't win the giveaway, you are still a winner. You can purchase these and other food rotation units for an average of 40-50% off retail prices by going through a consultant! Amazing! You can find more information on my blog and website. Don't forget to 'like' me on facebook!
How to enter--
1. First entry--Each person entering the giveaway must leave a comment that includes your email address saying your favorite item to keep in storage. Mine is probably tuna fish, as I can do so much with it. Salad, casserole, pasta, or straight from the can it is a good, inexpensive source of protein.
2. Additional entry opportunities--Leave a separate comment for each additional entry. Remember, each entry must contain your email address so that I can contact you if you are a winner. Below are four more opportunities to enter--
- “Like” Couponing in Critical Times on Facebook, or if you are already a “liker”, tell me that.
- Become a follower, or if you already are, include that information in your comment.
- Promote the giveaway and/or challenge on your blog or Facebook page. Include the link if you do so or are already doing so.
- Go to Sarah’s blog and become a follower, or if you already are, include that information in your comment.
- “Like” Sarah’s Shelf Reliance Facebook Page, or if you are already a “liker”, include that information in your comment.
3. The deadline for entry is this Wednesday, September 7th at noon. I decided to give you a few extra days because of the holiday. I’ll draw a winner and contact that person. The winner will have 2 days to respond with his/her mailing address, and if unable to contact that person then another winner will be chosen. Best of luck!
Shelf Reliance Sale
One more note—Shelf Reliance is running a sale now through September 5th that offers even deeper discounts for customers. The Cansolidators (and the food items) are even cheaper! To learn more about what is on sale, go here to view Sarah’s pdf for the sale prices.