Sunday, January 31, 2010

Food and Emergency Items to Gather: February

Here are some suggested items to stock up on this month for your Monthly Food Storage Goals. Set a monthly food storage budget, and then write down items you think your family would eat or use. You may not need something like molasses, so don't purchase it. I have studied grocery sales for the past year and a half and you may find some of the items below on sale in February, or may find coupons to purchase them. To see the entire Food Storage & Disaster Preparedness Calendar with suggested items to focus on purchasing each month, look at the side bar for the PDF file.

Shelf Foods
Instant potatoes
Brownie mix
Chocolate candy
Lemon juice
Confectioners sugar
Food bars
Hot cocoa
Salad dressing
Microwave popcorn
Frosting, canned
Freezer Foods
Non-Food Items
Disinfectant (like Pine sol)
Clorox wipes
Medical & First Aid
cold compress
rolls of gauze
large bandages
72-Hour Kit, Personal Pack part 2
N95 face masks
personal meds
hand warmers
paper & pen
travel size toiletries
book to read, or activities
small mirror
toilet paper
comb & hair items
space blanket
waterproof matches
Chain saw
Extra saw blade
5-gallon gas cans

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Help for Haiti asked for by LDS Church leaders

"The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appealed today to the worldwide membership of the Church to help relieve the suffering in Haiti. In a statement published on the Church’s official Web site, Church President Thomas S. Monson and counselors Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf said they are “keenly aware that many in America are dealing with economic challenges brought on by the recent recession.” Many Church members have made substantial contributions to Church Humanitarian Services, but more is needed.

"The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today:

"Our hearts are filled with sadness as we have watched the suffering in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake. We turn to the example of Jesus Christ who reached out to “lift up the hands which hang down” and “strengthen the feeble knees.” We are keenly aware that many in America are dealing with economic challenges caused by the recession. However, we are appealing to members to donate to Church Humanitarian Services as their means allow in order to help our Haitian brothers and sisters. Many have already contributed and others are anxious to do so.

"Money is not the only need in Haiti. People are frightened, bewildered, and wholly uncertain about their future. In addition to what people can do in helping with food, water and shelter, there needs to be a calming influence over that troubled nation. We invite our people everywhere to supplicate God for a spirit of calm and peace among the people as urgent aid and reconstruction efforts continue." LDS Newsroom

Donations to help Haiti are handled through LDS Philanthropies and can be made by clicking here.

Pictures of help volunteers are giving to the beautiful Haitians can be seen by going here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What I bought at the Case Lot Sales

Pace yourself in your food storage purchases as this will help you beginners learn what foods and items your family will use and prevent you from blowing your food storage budget. I only needed a few items from the Case Lot Sales and other stores this January. Here are some of the items that I picked up at good prices:

1 case of WF dark kidney beans $11.52, .48 ea.
6 cans WF diced beets, $4.68, .78 ea.
6 jars WF grape jelly, $7.68, $1.28 ea. (price better in the fall, but needed them now)

2 cases of Kroger 18 oz. creamy peanut butter, $24.00, .$1.00 ea. (small size so it doesn't go rancid before it is used up since our use fluctuates)

Sam's Club
1 Surf laundry detergent, $15.88
1 Dixie 4 pack napkins, $9.98, $2.49 ea.
36 roll toilet tissue, $14.98, .42 ea.
2 feminine items, $9.77, $4.88 ea.
2 Opti-free contact lens solution $17.84, $8.92 ea. (not sure if this price is the best)
2 Curel lotions, $13.48, $6.74

Can you see how these are items that your family normally uses? Perfect for food and home storage. I'll be watching for Macey's March case lot sale, and then the case lot sales in September. We are very fortunate here in Utah, so take advantage of it. That is it for this month. $129.81

Friday, January 1, 2010

Macey's January Case Lot Sale

Macey's grocery store is having a case lot sale starting Wednesday, Jan. 6 for 2 weeks. Contact your local Macey's for more information. Emergency supplies and containers will be on sale as well. The Ogden store has the largest supply and is the food storage hub.

Compare last year's prices with this spreadsheet
Grocery Store, Case Lot Sale, Food Storage Company Price ComparisonPDF

or Grocery Store, Case Lot Sale, Food Storage Company Price ComparisonExcel

Food and Emergency Items to Gather: January

Here are some ideas of items to stock up on this month for your Monthly Food Storage Goals. You may find some of these on sale at this time of the year. Choose items that you think your family would use and you have a budget for.

Breakfast cereal (coupons)
Canned chili
Canned prepared soups
Bouillon granules
Eggs, powdered (Macey's sale)
Bottled or canned juices
Soy sauce
Muffin mixes
Quick bread mix
Baby food
Powdered sour cream
Feminine items
Lotion (coupons)
Laundry Detergent
pain reliever (coupons)
72-HOUR KIT Part 1 - Personal Pack
backpack, suitcase, etc.
emergency contact list
copies personal items
recent family photo
city map
small flashlight like Maglite
mini first aid kit
light stick on neck cord
whistle on neck cord
feminine/sanitary items
spending money
Hand wheat grinder (Macey's sale)
Batteries, various
Preparedness books