February 27, 2012

March 2012 Monthly Food Storage Shopping List


This month we're gathering tomatoes and pasta in our food storage. Because of the early case lot sales this week in Utah, I am giving you the March list a few days early to help you shop. I've tried to incorporate the "best case lot deals" into this list to help you save the most money. Instead of buying one week at a time, you may want to gather a few items by the case over the next two weeks during the sales.

The April shopping list will give you different best deal items to stock up on at Macey's, Dick's and Smith's case lot sales. If you live out of state, this monthly list will still work for you, as this is the only month I focus on these particular items.

To compare the case lot prices with prices found at local Walmart SuperCenter, Sam's Club, Costco, LDS Home Storage Centers, and several food storage companies, see my Spring 2012 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison list.

This month you will be gathering tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and SpaghettiOs and raviolis if you use them. You can also pick up some bottled salsa. All have the same shelf life. Because of the acid content of the tomatoes, canned tomato products have a shorter shelf-life of 12 - 18 months compared to other canned food products. It's important to buy these items regularly throughout the year, and restock them. If you store them longer than recommended, the texture, color and flavor may change. Watery SpaghettiOs don't taste good. To look up the shelf life of many foods, go to StillTasty.com. 

Pasta products, on the other hand, store much longer. A bag of spaghetti can store for up to two years in a cool, dry location. But remember to keep it safe from little critters. Spaghetti and macaroni you can yourself at the LDS Home Storage centers have a 30 year shelf life. I stock up on both bagged pasta, and canned long-term dry pasta.

We are also adding some ramen noodles to our food storage. These products store well in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, the instant lunch in styrofoam cups have a 1 year shelf-life, and the packaged ramen noodles have an 18 month shelf life. They are easy to use in a disaster too. On packages, the "best buy" date is shown like this: 102013 which means "best buy" October 20, 2013. Go to this link to learn more.

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Wikipedia


Maruchan Logo Trivia: Maruchan is a Japanese word with two parts, Maru and chan. Maru literally means round, as in the shape of a ball or a happy child's face. Round has a connotation of friendliness. "Chan" is used to show endearment and affection for a child. See that cute, round face above?

March is Red Cross month in the U.S. so make an appointment to donate blood and help save a life. We will also be gathering some first aid supplies for our 72-hour and auto emergency kits. And later this month we will be restocking our food supplies in our kits. If you've already done this, great! I like to focus on updating near General Conference time.

Feel free to play around with the suggested amounts on this list, and for more ideas on how to use it, go to this post.

March 2012 
You are free to print this list and share with others, but please mention my site. Good luck!

Shopping deals:
Tomato sauce, Western Family, .29 for 8 oz. can (Winegars)
Tomato paste, Great Value, .44 for 6 oz. can (Walmart)
Canned Tomatoes, Western Family, .50 for 15 oz. can (Bowman's, Winegars)
Salsa, Great Value, $1.98 for 24 oz. jar (Walmart)
Pasta, Spaghetti or macaroni, Western Family, 3 lbs. bag, $2.50 or .83 lb. (Bowman's)
Macaroni & Cheese, Western Family, .39 box (Bowman's, Winegars)
SpaghettiOs or Raviolis, .79 for 15 oz. can, (Bowman's, Winegars)
Ramen Instant Lunch Cup (Costco .28 ea. Nissin or Walmart .28 ea. Maruchan)
Ramen Noodles (Sam's Club .19 Maruchan and Bowman's, Winegars .20 Nissin)
16.9 oz. Bottled Water, Western Family $2.50 for 24 ct. case (Bowman's, Winegars, etc.)

(Case Lot Sales: Winegars starts Feb. 27, Peterson's starts Feb. 28,  Bowman's and Kent's start Feb. 29.)

February 26, 2012

Week 9: Food Storage Goals Feb. 26 - Mar. 3

It's a new week and time to focus on your food storage and emergency preparedness. If you are new to my site, just jump right in. You are never behind. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. They may already be in your house. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Click here for the monthly February 2012 Shopping list. If I see some deals around town, I will post them here.

WEEK #9 
February 26th - March 3rd 
FEBRUARY FOCUS: 
Breakfast Foods and Communications 


Here is what we're working on this week:

Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison Spring 2012

At long last, my Spring 2012 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison list is complete. Because only a few stores have sales starting this week, I will update the list again when other stores such as, Macey's and Smith's, participate. This list compares the case lot sale prices, with prices at Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club, LDS Home Storage Center, and several food storage companies. I've included the case lot prices at Bowman's in Kaysville, but I am guessing similar prices will be found at Winegar's, Peterson's, and Kent's markets.

I've revised the layout to make it easier for me to sort, so the CAT and SUB columns are for my personal use. Make sure you look at the most current dates. I leave the Aug 2011 dates on in list in preparation for the case lot sales at those stores, and to let you see what prices were six months ago.

Whenever I compare prices at stores, I am always amazed how some items remain about the same, and some change drastically. Even a few months later can have a change.

If you plan to print this for a ward, please email me out of courtesy. You have permission to use it, but understand I do make mistakes.

February 23, 2012

Utah Case Lot Sale Dates: Spring 2012

Here are some of the dates for the upcoming Utah case lot sales. I walked around Bowman's (Kaysville, UT) today to check out their items and prices. Because these case lot sales are beginning next week, I will post my March Monthly Food Storage Shopping list on Sunday.

If you are using my Monthly Food Storage Shopping lists, I arranged them so you may buy some items at the case lot sales for your food storage in March, and some in April to help your budget. Please let me know if you know of other sale dates in Utah. For those of you living outside of Utah, you can still use the lists as a guide to gather your food storage.

Here are the dates:

Removing Peanut Butter in My March Food Storage Shopping List

Because of the increase in the price of peanut butter due to the crop problems last year, I am moving (not removing) the fats and oils category of my monthly shopping lists into the fall, hoping the prices will drop after the next harvest (typically September or October). Without any idea of exactly which products stores will carry at their Utah case lot sales this spring, I cannot guarantee peanut butter will be one of them at a great price.

"What's to blame for this sticky situation? The intense heat and drought that hit the southern U.S. this [past] year." (CNNMoney). "Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter and consume more than six pounds of peanut products each year, according to The National Peanut Board, a farmer-funded research group."

Prices on peanut butter increased 20 - 40% this past year. In my fall 2009 price comparison list, the price of 2 - 40 ounce containers of Jif peanut butter at Sam's Club was $6.98. Today it is $9.16. Of course if prices suddenly drop, then stock up on peanut butter. Or just buy as needed. I would love it if Smith's (Kroger) would have their 18 ounce containers for $1.00 again. But . . . that's probably not going to happen.

Thankfully I have some cases of peanut butter from a previous case lot sale last spring. And coincidentally, I took a case to my daughter in California last year. Putting food aside can be a blessing especially when we cannot guarantee a good crop.

This is one of the reasons why I don't have all of my Monthly Food Storage Shopping lists posted for 2012. I'm watching the markets and grocery prices, so we can gather food storage economically. [Update: Just got back from checking out Bowman's case lot sale, and had to make an executive decision. The monthly focus for March will be tomatoes & pasta.]

                                                           


Note from Val:

If you want to know what we're gathering this week in our food storage, go here. I stopped at Costco yesterday and picked up some Krusteaz pancake mix, and two boxes of instant oatmeal packets which go along with our breakfast focus this month. The oatmeal is normally $9.79 for a 52 ct. box, but you can get $2.50 off until 2/26. That's $7.29 per box or .14 each packet. Similar to paying $1.40 for a 10ct. box at the grocery store. You don't have to bring in the coupon book for this instant savings.

Now I'm off to inventory my canned beans, meat and soup. ✔

Just want you to know, I appreciate all of you who are following my blog. I learn so much from your comments and emails. Thank you!

February 21, 2012

How Much Do You Spend in A Year On Groceries?

Obviously you could add up all of your receipts for a year to see where you spent your money, but I made a spreadsheet called My Annual Shopping List with almost every item we buy in a year. It was tedious, but so useful.

I listed everything we buy in a month and totaled it. Then I added columns to show what we use and spend every three months, and then a year. Holy cow! I included both perishable and shelf-stable foods, paper goods, cleaning products, etc.

Though time consuming, this was an eye opening experience, because I could start looking for better ways to save money on various items. Before I had this list, I was shopping mostly at two stores - Smith's and Costco. Okay, I like the food samples at Costco. But coming in another post, I will show you my new shopping game plan. And which stores I will be shopping at for what and when.

You know my first change was shopping for milk when it's on a manager's special. We only use 3 gallons per week, but at $2.39 per gallon, that's $372.84 a year. And now I can get it for $1.50, and if I have a coupon, for only .75 cents per gallon. Here at my Smith's (Kroger) store, they will combine the coupon on manager's specials.

I've been hacking away at every item on the list, searching for ways to save money. It's almost addictive . . . actually it is addictive. I can do so much better, and most of you know I follow prices carefully. The wonderful thing about putting it all in a spreadsheet, is I can sort columns by the most expensive to the least expensive, or by category, or alphabetically by item. About now you might think I'm crazy. So let's look at some examples.

The most expensive item on the list was bread. Can you believe it?

  • 240 loaves per year x $2.25 at Costco = $540.00
  • 240 loaves per year x $1.25 at Sara Lee Grocery Outlet = $300.00
  • Savings of $240.00. What could you do with an extra $240.00? Buy more food storage! Or put some money in your emergency fund. I buy a months worth of bread, and stock it in my full-sized freezer on the top shelf.

Ground beef was next on the list, then yogurt, milk, chicken breasts, and shredded cheese. There is a pattern here. Perishable foods. Feminine items came next, followed by breakfast cereal.

Today I bought the Kroger version of Lucky Charms, called Magic Stars. Though in a larger bag, it came to about $1.69 per equivalent box. I usually spend $2.50 when Lucky Charms goes on sale. We don't eat a lot of cereal, especially Lucky Charms all the time, but let's use it in this example:

  • 72 boxes of cereal per year x $3.29 (full price) at Smith's = $236.88
  • 72 boxes of cereal per year x $2.50 (on sale) = $180.00
  • 72 boxes of cereal per year x $1.69 (generic) = $121.68
  • Savings of $115.20. 

It's nice to see the big picture and change it. I told my husband last night that it was liberating to make these changes. He just smiled at me. One more thing:

  • I spend $130 per week for 5 people x 52 weeks = $6760. But it's going down!
  • This includes stocking up on food storage every month.

My Annual Shopping List Sample.xlsx
My Annual Shopping List Sample.pdf
You are free to download for your personal use.

February 20, 2012

Augason Farms Breakfast Pack Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations 

to

Holly Schwager
from Idaho

for winning the 

Augason Farms Breakfast Pack Giveaway,
6 #10 cans of food storage




Winner has been notified by email. Thanks to all those who participated. 
You are all winners to me. Keep watching for more giveaways.

February 19, 2012

Week 8: Food Storage Goals, Feb. 19 - 25

It's a new week  and time to focus on your food storage and emergency preparedness. I decided to post the weekly list each Sunday. If you are new to my site, just jump right in. You are never behind. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. They may already be in your house. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Click here for the monthly February 2012 list. If I see some deals, I will post them here.

Week #8
 February 19th - 25th
February Focus 
Breakfast Foods and Communications

Here is what we're working on this week:

What Cancer - and Trials - Can Teach Us

In 2007, this newly married couple found out that Daniel had cancer. Though their trials are not easy, Daniel and Melanie (Southwick) Hedlund have shared their experiences with many in an effort to lift and encourage. They inspire us and teach us that faith in Jesus Christ is the calming force in our lives, no matter what the trial. Daniel is currently a seminary teacher in Layton, Utah.



If you have not entered the Augason Farms Breakfast Pack giveaway, go here for details. You could win 6 #10 cans of dry breakfast foods. Last day to enter is Sunday, February 19th.

February 18, 2012

Get Severe Weather Alerts From WeatherBug



My list of phone applications is probably small compared to many of you. I've never been a "collector." However, one mobile ap that I find extremely useful is my weather ap from WeatherBug. I especially like the severe weather alerts that pop up in the form of a red triangle with an exclamation mark in the center. I know immediately if I need to be concerned about my family getting caught in a storm, or if I should bring me dog inside for the night. Or even if I need to bring in the trash cans so they don't blow away.

For instance, this evening a huge snowstorm is coming in on the Wasatch front with snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches along the benches where I live. It will effect the I-15 freeway. I don't have to wait for the 9 o'clock news to prepare for it. I get updates too, as the weatherman doesn't always know his stuff. :-) I also check the weather on my phone to know how to dress each day. It's right there at my fingertips.



If you have not entered the Augason Farms Breakfast Pack giveaway, go here for details. You could win 6 #10 cans of dry breakfast foods. Last day to enter is Sunday, February 19th.

February 16, 2012

American Beauty Pasta On Sale at Smith's (Kroger) for .88


I stocked up on American Beauty pasta today at my local Farmington Smith's (Kroger) grocery store. It was on sale for $.88 a package. I was down to my last spaghetti package, and didn't want to open the #10 LDS cans I also have stored.

This sale was not listed in the newspaper ad or online. Last year at Macey's case lot sale, their Western Family pasta was $.69 per lb. in 3 lb. bags. And at Costco you may buy pasta for about .99 per lb. But I like smaller bags because of the variety I can get at Smith's. They are the exact size I need to prepare a meal for my family, and have leftovers. I would say this is a good deal, though maybe not a great deal. I have purchased pasta for $.50 a bag, but I've only seen that rarely.

After I write the purchase date on my bags of pasta, I organize them by expiration date (FIFO method) in totes, and store them in my basement. Sometimes when I shop, the bags I buy have various expiration dates. So it's important to check those dates. I also like to pull from the back of the store shelf instead of the front if I can reach in there, so I get the freshest foods.





Pasta also stores well in a dry location in your kitchen, and has a 2 year shelf-life.

FIFO Method
FIFO means first in, first out. So organize your food storage with the oldest items to the front or top, and your newest items to the back or bottom. That way the oldest food is used first.

February 15, 2012

Spring Decorating With D.I. Thrift Store Treasures



The last few days I've been bringing Spring into my house, even though it rained and hailed today. Several times, I've visited the Deseret Industries Thrift Store in Centerville and also in Layton on the hunt for a mirror to go over my sofa to bring more light into our family room. But alas I couldn't find the one I wanted, so I settled for a basic mirror from Home Goods for a decent price of $25.00. However, while at the D.I., I found the following treasures:

Two simple scroll-work candle holders for $1.50 each 
which are now hanging on the sides of the mirror.
A 6 lb. pound bag of river pebbles for $2.00,
and two 1/2 gallon Ball canning jars for $1.50 each.
Isn't it cool how they reflect on the counter top?
I added some white flowers for this look.
This $1.50 Spring wreath went promptly on the front door.
It was in perfect condition.
This broken pot of flowers cost me $1.00.
I saved the flowers and tossed the pot.
I added pebbles to this square glass vase,
yellow flowers I already had, 

and the white flowers from the broken pot
for this floral arrangement.
Though Punxsutawney Phil says spring won't come until March 15th, it's begun quite thriftily in this house.

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If you have not entered the Augason Farms Breakfast Pack giveaway, go here for details. 
You could win 6 #10 cans of dry breakfast foods.



Weekly Focus Reminder! 
Week #7 Feb. 12 - 18


Here is what we're working on this week:

Inventory: Beverages. Count any lunch, bottled, or powered shelf-stable drinks including powdered milk.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Oats 2 #10 cans or 5 lbs. per person. Adjust amount for smaller children if you wish.  I can my own at the LDS Home Storage Center, but you can also purchase them online at Augason Farms or another food storage company.
Non-Food: 1 Toothbrush per person. (oops! That was last week and toothpaste this week, but do whatever you need. At Dollar Tree they are 2/$1.00.
72-Hour Kit: Add pocket-size scriptures. The Book of Mormon can be found at the LDS Online Store for $4.00.
Auto Kit: Add a copy of the pocket-size Book of Mormon ($4.00) or a regular size copy ($2.50).

Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.


February 13, 2012

Breakfast Pack Giveaway from Augason Farms


We are focusing on gathering 
breakfast foods for our food storage this month.

Augason Farms, a food storage company,
is partnering with PreparedLDSFamily
to offer one lucky winner 

with 6 #10 cans of food storage.


An $88.65 value!




Augason Farms Breakfast Pack includes the following:
  • #10 can Buttermilk Pancake Mix 
  • #10 can Creamy Wheat Cereal 
  • #10 can Potato Shreds 
  • #10 can Vegetarian Meat Substitute Bacon Bits 
  • #10 can Freeze Dried Sliced Strawberries 
  • #10 can Dried Scrambled Egg Mix 
To Enter: 
1. Comment on this post how you would use these items in a disaster, and receive one entry in the hat.
2. For an additional entry, Follow Augason Farms on Facebook.
3. For another entry, Follow Augason Farms on Twitter.
4. Then email PreparedLDSFamily [at] gmail [dot] com with "Breakfast Pack" in the subject line. Include (a) your full name and state, (b) if you commented on this post, and (c) if you followed Augason Farms on Facebook and/or Twitter. If you don't hear from me in two days, email me again. Only commenting will not enter you in the contest.
Open to: 
U.S. residents only
Last Day to Enter:
Sunday, February 19th. Winner announced February 20th. Good luck!

(I am not paid to do giveaways.)



Weekly Focus Reminder! 
Week #7 Feb. 12 - 18


Here is what we're working on this week:

Inventory: Beverages. Count any lunch, bottled, or powered shelf-stable drinks including powdered milk.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Oats 2 #10 cans or 5 lbs. per person. Adjust amount for smaller children if you wish.  I can my own at the LDS Home Storage Center, but you can also purchase them online at Augason Farms or another food storage company.
Non-Food: 1 Toothbrush per person. (oops! That was last week and toothpaste this week, but do whatever you need. At Dollar Tree they are 2/$1.00.
72-Hour Kit: Add pocket-size scriptures. The Book of Mormon can be found at the LDS Online Store for $4.00.
Auto Kit: Add a copy of the pocket-size Book of Mormon ($4.00) or a regular size copy ($2.50).

Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.

February 12, 2012

Sunday Message: What is a Family Tree?

Family history connects us with those who have come before. Enjoy seeing what children think a family tree is. Learn more about your family tree at FamilySearch.com.

Also, today I taught my Primary class about the importance of a family and let them create their own family tree with this visual of a tree with apples you can find at DLTK.







Weekly Focus Reminder! 
Week #7 Feb. 12 - 18


Here is what we're working on this week:

Inventory: Beverages. Count any lunch, bottled, or powered shelf-stable drinks including powdered milk.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Oats 2 #10 cans or 5 lbs. per person. Adjust amount for smaller children if you wish.  I can my own at the LDS Home Storage Center, but you can also purchase them online at Augason Farms or another food storage company.
Non-Food: 1 Toothbrush per person. (oops! That was last week and toothpaste this week, but do whatever you need. At Dollar Tree they are 2/$1.00.
72-Hour Kit: Add pocket-size scriptures. The Book of Mormon can be found at the LDS Online Store for $4.00.
Auto Kit: Add a copy of the pocket-size Book of Mormon ($4.00) or a regular size copy ($2.50).

Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.

February 10, 2012

Save Money On Milk at Smith's Grocery Store

Image from SavingABundle.com

It's hard to believe you can purchase a gallon of milk for 75 cents, but it is possible with "Manager's Special" at Smith's (Kroger) grocery store. One of the most expensive items in my grocery budget is milk, so saving money there is helpful.

How To Save Money On Milk:
  1. Print a milk coupon from Coupons.com. They usually say: $.75 off Any Brand Milk Any Brand Milk (White or Chocolate and excluding Soy Milk beverages) 1 gal or 2 half gal Valid in ID and UT. You do have to download their printer software.
  2. If you have more than one computer, you can print up to two coupons per computer. 
  3. It is better to stagger the printing of the coupons, because otherwise they will expire before you use them. Meaning, if you only need two gallons, then only print two coupons this week on one computer, and two next week on another computer.
  4. The milk coupons will reset each month on the site.
  5. Go to a Smith's (Kroger) grocery store in the morning. I try for 8:45 at my Farmington, Utah store.
  6. Go to the milk section and look for the yellow and orange "Manager's Special" tag on milk cartons. You can find skim, 1%, 2%, whole and chocolate milk marked down.
  7. "Manager's Specials" are items that are getting close to their expiration date, but are still usable. I purchased two gallons and their expiration date was 8 days away.
  8. You may also find these stickers on various brands of yogurt, sour cream, cheese, etc. Take the time to scan the deli, produce, meat and bread sections. You can freeze the meat and bread, and use the produce that day.
Let's Do The Math:
1 gallon milk regular price: $2.39
Manager's Special price: $1.50
Minus coupon: $.75
Final price: $.75
Savings: $1.64 per gallon

We drink three gallons of milk per week x 52 weeks in a year
Regular price: $372.84
Manager's special price + coupon: $117.00!
You can't do that at Costco.

Update: the dairy manager told me today that he does markdowns 9 to 10 days before expiration. And the night manager does the yogurt. Cool! Today I bought a gallon of chocolate milk for .75, but there weren't any 2% on clearance. So I paid $2.39 minus .75 cents = $1.64. Still a great savings! And a half gallon of orange juice for $1.50.



Weekly Focus Reminder! 
Week #6 Feb. 5 - 11


Here is what we're working on this week:

Inventory: Count your shelf-stable snack foods. Recycle old boxes, and straighten that shelf.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Buy 3 boxes of breakfast cereal per person or more. Use coupons!
Non-Food: 1 Toothpaste per person. $1.00 at Dollar Tree.
72-Hour Kit: Add a travel toothpaste & toothbrush. At Dollar Tree for $1.00 with adult and kid's-type toothpastes.
Auto Kit: Add a small pad of paper, and a pen to take notes. You could also put it up front in your car.

Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.



Our Generation Doll Bingo Game


My youngest turned seven this week. It has been hard to watch my baby girl grow up, though I know it's inevitable. Today I threw her a party and each friend brought their favorite doll. My daughter loves to play with her Our Generation dolls, the less expensive American Girl-type dolls sold at Target for a fraction of the cost. Target has done an excellent job creating their own version. To go along with the party theme, I made an Our Generation Bingo game for the 6 and 7 year-old girls to play.
How to Make and Play the Game:
  1. Copy the first game card twice, and the number of game cards you want. There are 16 variations.
  2. Cut individual calling cards out of one of those first game cards. 
  3. Laminate the calling cards and cut apart.
  4. Laminate the game cards. 
  5. Use mini marshmallows for the markers.
  6. Tell the girls not to eat them until the end of the game.
  7. However, if they get a four-in-a-row Bingo, they may eat two.
  8. Put a handful of marshmallows on a paper plate next to their Bingo card.
  9. Show the girls a few picture calling cards and say "Ashley-Rose, wearing pink, blonde hair, has a baby doll in the picture." Or  "Jenny, wearing pink, blonde hair, holding cupcakes." They will catch on quickly.
  10. Then shuffle the cards, and begin to play. As my youngest says, "It was better than great!"


February 8, 2012

Updated Master Menus Blank Worksheet


Each week I've been using My Master Menus to come up with my weekly menu plan. And it has been fantastic! It is so much easier than I ever thought. However, as I looked over my original printout, I decided to make some changes. So, below is the updated list with a snacks section added to the bottom as well. Creating master menus for your own family will be an ongoing process too. But the goal is to come up with family favorites. I've also given you a blank worksheet based on my categories if you want to print it and write in your own ideas.

My goal was to create only 7 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 28 dinners. It was hard to decrease the dinners because there are so many ideas, but I only chose our family favorites. I tried to use food storage in most meals. I like having categories of meal types because it makes it easier to narrow down the meals. We don't barbecue outside during the winter, but I added that category because we like to during warmer weather.

Though time consuming, there is a purpose behind all of this list making. And that is to come up with a general list of grocery items we use monthly so I can stock up better on food storage. More on that coming in another post!

Here are the new printable worksheets:

My Master Menus worksheet.pdf
My Master Menus blank worksheet.pdf
(these are free printables)


Weekly Focus Reminder! 
Week #6 Feb. 5 - 11

Here is what we're working on this week:

Inventory: Count your shelf-stable snack foods. Recycle old boxes, and straighten that shelf.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Buy 3 boxes of breakfast cereal per person or more. Use coupons!
Non-Food: 1 Toothpaste per person. Use coupons! At Dollar Tree it's $1.00.
72-Hour Kit: Add a travel toothpaste & toothbrush. At Dollar Tree for $1.00 with adult and kids-type toothpastes.
Auto Kit: Add a small pad of paper, and a pen to take notes. You could also put it up front in your car.

Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.

February 5, 2012

Video: Jenny Hess - Mother, Believer in Miracles, Mormon

Each Sunday I've been sharing uplifting videos from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). As I watch this one, I feel the courage and strength of Jenny Hess as she goes through the trial of losing her son. Her belief that there is more than this life and that she is a forever family is amazing. I hope this helps someone who has gone through the loss of a loved one.


February 4, 2012

Katadyn MyBottle Microfilter Giveaway Winner!



Congratulations  

to 

Arlynn McMahon
from Kentucky

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February 2, 2012

Are Canned Fruits and Vegetables Healthy For You?

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Because we've been told that fresh is best, it can be difficult for some people to convert to the idea of storing and eating canned fruits and vegetables. However, canned fruits and vegetables can be a healthy alternative for you especially when you don't eat your produce within a few hours of harvesting.

Consider these facts:
  • An article found in WebMed says, "If you can't grow your own produce and eat it within hours of harvesting, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables can be every bit as good for you as fresh ones, and in some cases better. Fresh produce is nutritionally better when it is used within a few days of picking. Canned produce is picked and canned at its peak, so even though the heating process destroys some vitamins, the majority of the nutrients remain. The statement further noted that canned tomatoes, corn, and carrot products provide higher amounts of some (antioxidant) phytochemicals than their fresh counterparts as a result of the canning process."  
  • The ADA recommended choosing canned products with little added salt or sugar. The MayoClinic suggests choosing canned fruit packed in juice.
  • Tufts University nutritionist Alice Lichtenstein, ScD, tells WebMD "that while most canned vegetables are loaded with salt, salt-free versions are usually also available. You can also rinse your canned vegetables off, and choose fruits packed in their own juice." Lichtenstein states that "canned and frozen fruits and vegetables give people the opportunity to eat a variety of healthy produce year-round. The quality and variety of frozen fruits, especially, has really improved in recent years. These products can be very good, the cost is often better than fresh, and you don't have to worry about seasonal availability and spoilage." WebMed 
  • WeightWatchers says that because your fruit may have to travel long-distances from the farm to your table, "it may suffer improper storage conditions, and precious nutrients may be destroyed along the way."
  • And LiveStrong suggests choosing canned peaches, pineapple, pears and mandarin oranges packed in 100% fruit juice. "All varieties of salt-free canned beans, including black, white and kidney, are notable sources of fiber and protein."  
Check out these great videos:
How Foods are Canned - from field to table
Canned fruits - how to buy
Canned vegetables - how to buy

Perhaps the question isn't, "Which is better: fresh, frozen or canned?" The question should be, "Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables each day?" Are you getting your 5? So unless you have your own greenhouse, a combination of all three methods is probably healthier than only fresh. Especially when many items are picked two to three weeks before they get to your table. Whereas they are picked at their peak when they are frozen or canned. Obviously I'm not trying to sell you on canned foods. Well, maybe I am. But it's great to know that year-round we can still eat many healthy fruits and vegetables that go out of season to balance out our diets. So grab a can of pumpkin and make some pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.

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February 1, 2012

February 2012 Food Storage Shopping List


Love is in the air, and a great way to show that love to someone special is to prepare a hearty breakfast for Valentine's Day. This month were gathering breakfast items for our food storage. Our focus items are breakfast cereal, oats or oatmeal, pancake mix, pancake syrup, and powdered eggs. You can always make pancakes and waffles from scratch with long-term foods, but during a disaster you may want some pancake mix on hand. Breakfast recipes are the easiest food storage meals, and Crystal's got some great ones at Everyday Food Storage.

Check out these cute heart shaped pancakes from AuntJemima.com. I think I could even make these.



When you need a backup, powdered eggs are simple to use in your everyday baking or in an emergency. I prefer to stock up on a 3-month supply, but feel free to stock up on more if you wish. For a great post about powdered eggs, go here. And Honeyville Grain has an excellent article too. Powdered eggs are simple to use. I use them periodically for baking.

Be on the lookout for some great breakfast cereal deals this month. I like to stock up on as many as I can of our favorites. February is National Hot Breakfast month, so you may find some items to put aside in your freezer as well. And watch for grocery sales around President's Day weekend.

There are several types of oats, but most people buy regular, quick or instant oats. As far as how to use use them read this article for help: Regular vs. Quick Cooking Oatmeal,

This is National Children's Dental Health month [see these games for kids], so we're stocking up on our toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash.

Because this is American Heart Month, remember to donate blood in your area. To find out where, go to RedCrossBlood.org. Also remember to wear red on Friday, February 4th.

Counting a little bit of food storage each week will keep you stay on top of things. The food storage categories to inventory this month are: Snacks, Beverages, Canned Beans, Meat & Soup, and Cleaning Supplies.

While you're communicating with your family over breakfast, don't overlook the importance of having good communications equipment during an emergency. Cell phones are great, but in the recent wind storm here in December, one of the cell towers went down and some people couldn't use them at all. Texting is still the best way to use a cell phone in an emergency. Also consider getting a NOAA radio like the Kaito KA009 as well to hear the necessary emergency information in your area.

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If you are new around here, check out these helpful posts:
How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists
January 2012 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison

SHOPPING DEALS for 3-Month Supply
(prices local)
Cereal - 3 boxes or more (use coupons)
Oats - 2 #10 cans or 5 lbs. LT (LDS #10 can $2.50, Macey's 50lb. bag $23.79, Macey's 23lb. pail $19.99)
Pancake mix - 2 lbs. (Krusteaz 10 lb. @ Costco $6.25 or Sam's Club $6.25. Also Augason Farms #10 can @ Macey's $6.29)
Pancake syrup - 32 oz. (Mrs. Buttersworth 2/64 oz. Costco $6.25 or Sam's Club $6.54)
Whole Egg, powder - 1/4 #10 can (On sale in Utah Provident Pantry #10 can @ Emergency Essentials$14.99 and Augason Farms #10 can @ Macey's $14.89)

LDS = LDS Home Storage Center
LT = Long-Term storage food

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