Thursday, July 28, 2011

Maceys Case Lot Sale coming Aug 3, 2011 for 2 weeks!

Heads up. Macey's case lot sale starts Wednesday Aug. 3 and goes for two weeks. I called my Ogden store which is a food storage focus store, meaning they will have tons of canned goods, wheat, etc. to stock up on. Because they are ealier than other stores with their case lot sales, I like to stock up on best values there first, and then in September/October on more items at other stores. Helps the budget. I will try to get my spreadsheet updated so watch for more posts.

Monday, July 25, 2011

This Week's Menu Plan

One of the most effective ways to save money and use your food storage is to plan weekly menus with foods that you store. Here are my menu ideas for the week:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip muffins (make night before), fruit
Oatmeal or cereal, banana
Scrambled egg, toast, canned pears
Oatmeal or cereal, banana
Strawberry Banana protein smoothie, toast
Applesauce spice muffins, fruit
Oatmeal or cereal, banana

Grilled ham/cheese sandwich, carrots
Tuna salad, nuts
PB&Honey sandwich, peach
Quesadillas, apple slices
PB&Honey sandwich, apple
Tuna sandwich, grapes
Soup, salad, roll

Rigatoni bake, green salad, cantaloupe
Crockpot Barbecue Chicken, french bread, green salad
Chicken & Rice Casserole, spinach w/strawberries mandarin orange salad, peas
Steak, grilled vegetables, Rice-a-Roni
Spaghetti, cantaloupe, vegetable
Chicken Tortilla Casserole, fruit
Eat out

Frozen pretzels

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Taco Soup Recipe

If you are looking for recipes that use small canned foods, try Taco Soup. Nice in the summer because it does not heat up your kitchen. (Tip: always keep a manual can opener on hand for power outages.)

Taco Soup
Servings: 4 - 5

1 lb. ground beef or turkey (or 12 oz. canned beef)
3 T dehydrated onion (or use 1 c. chopped fresh onion)
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
or 1 T chili powder, 1 t. each of cornstarch, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, onion powder, salt & sugar
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix (or use prepared ranch dressing as a topping)
16 oz. cut corn (not drained)
16 oz. kidney beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz. diced or stewed tomatoes (not drained. My kids like diced.)
8 oz. tomato sauce
8 oz. water (just fill the empty tomato sauce can)
Top with:
12 taco shells crushed or tortilla chips
1 cup shredded cheese
sour cream or ranch dressing

1. Brown beef and onions in saucepan. Drain fat. Chop up. (Or brown in small slow cooker on setting 5.)

2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients except chips and cheese.
3. Various ways to cook -
Stove top: Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Crockpot: on low for 4 - 6 hours.
Small slow cooker: on setting 2.
Camp: Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Top with chips, cheese and sour cream.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned For More Food Storage

Now that I'm back from girl's camp, I can focus on shopping for food storage using coupons. My coupon binder is packed full of coupons, thanks to my 5 great neighbors who have been saving coupon inserts for me.

Coupon Tip: Ask neighbors to save coupon inserts for you because most people don't use coupons. In return, give them coupons for their favorite restaurants.

Today I shopped at Smith's (Kroger) and bought a year's supply of Colgate toothpaste for $5.59 or .35 per tube! Retail would have been $36 for 16 tubes! Crazy, I know. A savings of 84%. I've been saving up my Colgate coupons, and watching and waiting for this Mega Event sale.

I also stocked up on Stayfree feminine items and paid $1.10 for each. A 64% savings. Obviously I bought other groceries (ice cream and napkins not pictured) and didn't save as much on them, but a penny saved is a penny earned for more food storage.

The picture above retailed for $146.00 (Can you believe it?)
I paid $70.00
52% overall savings

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Best Food Storage to Buy in July 2011

July is a great time to stock up on summer foods. In the beginning of the month, take advantage of the 4th of July sales. Focus on shelf stable foods, but also put some items in your freezer. This is National Hot Dog month, National Ice Cream month, National Baked Bean month, and you will start to see Back-to-School sales. Prices on bottled water drops, and now is the time to get canning supplies. Try to match coupons to sales to save the most money. If you can store more than a 3-month supply for your family, go for it.

The July List

STEP 1: 3-Month FOOD STORAGE SUPPLY - Summer Items
(Suggested amounts are for 1 adult)
CL = case lot sale, WM = Walmart
LT 30 YR= Long-Term shelf life if stored properly. Consider storing a year's supply.

1. Decide on a monthly food storage budget
2. Choose a few items from the list that you want to focus on
3. Multiply list amounts by # of family members. Adjust amounts and items for younger children
4. Each week look at your grocery store ads for items on sale
5. Carry your list with you, or put on your cell phone notepad

Pudding 1 box (watch sales)
Jello 1 box (watch sales)
Food bars 24 ea.
Popcorn 1/2 lb. or 6 microwave (watch sales)
Crackers 2 boxes
Tortilla Chips 2 bags
Olives 1 can (watch sales)
Pork or Baked Beans 2 cans (watch sales)
Chocolate bars 1 pkg. (watch sales)
Graham crackers 1 box (watch sales)
Marshmallows 1/2 bag (watch sales)
Lemonade drink mix or Tang 1/2 cntr. (watch sales)

NON-FOOD ITEMS (per family)
Plastic utensils 90 day supply
Plastic wrap

BBQ meats
Hot dogs, Sausages

72-HOUR KIT (per person)
Space blanket
Paper & pen

Rubbing alcohol
Manual can opener
Small folding shovel

Car fuses
Emergency flares

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER Store a 2-Week Supply of drinking water, which is about 14 gallons per person. If you've already started this, continue to add to your supply. For drinking, that is about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles per person. You may need more for hygiene and cooking which you can store in other containers. Always keep stocked up on water. You can't live without it.

Each week add some money to an emergency fund. Decide on a do-able amount and set up weekly transfers from checking to savings. Or put aside your loose change in a jar. Whichever way you choose to save, use it only for emergencies.
1. Buy canning supplies
2. Make fruit jam
3. Make a pet 72-Hour Kit