September 30, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #40

Here is what we are working on this week:

INVENTORY: First Aid and Medicine. Look over your supplies and make a list of what you need.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person: 1x24 oz. prepared spaghetti sauce. If you don't make your sauce from scratch, store a few more bottles/cans. Hunt's Pasta sauce is .88 each for 12 ct. case at the case lot sales going on this week!

2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). Pick up a case for $2.50 at the case lot sales this week!

EMERGENCY FUND: Start small, but be consistent. Add $2.00 or more per person each week.

HOME STORAGE: Vitamins for 3 months.

72-HOUR KIT: Light stick. Plenty in supply for Halloween.

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Snow scraper. If it doesn't snow where you live, think of a different winter prep item.

EQUIPMENT: Firewood/Coal. Or some other fuel you would use to keep you warm during the winter.

PREP GOAL: Main dish recipes. Narrow your list down to 14 family favorites that you use regularly. Type up those recipes and keep in a binder or recipe file.

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly or weekly home storage budget.
2. Decide what you want to gather or do from the list.
3. Multiply amounts by number of family members.
4. Adjust amount for younger children.
5. Adapt, adapt, adapt. These are only suggestions. Pick and choose.
6. Each week look for store sales that match your goals.
7. Carry your list with you or put it on your cell phone notepad. You are never behind if you take one step forward!

September 29, 2012

Mormon Messages: Our Eternal Life

The purpose of life can be answered if we understand God's plan for each us. This video helps us understand that "we are eternal beings. We lived as spirits before we were born and we will continue to live after we die.

September 28, 2012

Fall Is The Time to Restock Your Medicine Cabinet

After a wonderful week-long visit from my beautiful daughter and granddaughter, I thought I would write a bit.


It's hard to believe October is nearly here! Our Utah mountains are beautiful.


I will be headed up to the canyon soon to take some pictures as this one does not show the beauty well, but first I need to get over a little cold. Which prompted me to write this post.

Last night I felt a sore throat coming on. After falling asleep for a few hours, I woke up and headed to the medicine cupboard. My search for cough drops was a success, but my favorite cold medicine box was . . . empty. It made me think of what it means to be prepared for colds or other emergencies. Sure, I could have run to the store for some medicine, but during an emergency when stores are closed, that isn't possible.

I popped a cough drop in my mouth, and quickly fell back to sleep. Something as little as a cough drop on a sore throat can be so soothing. A few "regulars" in the medicine cabinet will be comforting for my family as well when needed for colds and flu this fall. So, I will be restocking the medicine cabinet tomorrow with what is missing. Can you guess what may be on our October Food Storage shopping list?

Helpful articles:

How to Organize the Medicine Cabinet
My Printable Medicine List.pdf (you can make a word doc list as well)

September 23, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #39

Here is what we are working on this week:

INVENTORY: Fuel and Light. This can include fuel for your outdoor stove, wood, batteries, light bulbs, etc. As we enter the colder months, these items will be useful during power outages.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
4 lbs. or 2 #10 cans of Potato flakes/slices/etc.
You may can your own potato flakes at an LDS Home Storage Center in a 1.8 lb. #10 can for $3.25 and they last for 30 years. Or if you are limited on space, buy mashed potatoes from Sam's Club or Costco. Or even Hamburger Helper potatoes work for some people.

2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person).

EMERGENCY FUND: Start small, but be consistent. Add $2.00 or more per person each week.

HOME STORAGE: Hand and foot warmers.

72-HOUR KIT: Hand and foot warmers.

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Hand and foot warmers.

EQUIPMENT: Hatchet and whetstone.

PREP GOAL: Buy an emergency preparation book. I like all of the following:



HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly home storage budget.
2. Decide what you want to gather or do from the list.
3. Multiply amounts by number of family members.
4. Adjust amount for younger children.
5. Adapt, adapt, adapt. These are only suggestions. Pick and choose.
. Each week look for store sales that match your goals.
7. Carry your list with you or put it on your cell phone notepad. You are never behind if you take one step forward!

September 22, 2012

Mormon Messages: Come Listen to Living Prophets

In a few weeks we will have the opportunity to listen to living prophets at General Conference. I am excited to hear their words, apply their messages to my life, and move forward with faith. May each of you have the opportunity to do so as well.

September 18, 2012

Time to Make a Kid's General Conference Activity Notebook

With General Conference just a few weeks away, I thought I would share the Activity Notebook for Primary Kids I created earlier this year. If you are interested in making one for your child or grandchild, go to this post. My daughter enjoys hers every conference.

My daughter wants to use the same cover again, but color a new one. So I put a black cover in the front of the binder. I've also added some more dot-to-dot pages to the post.

September 17, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #38

Here is what we are working on this week:

INVENTORY: Emergency Kits. Look through your kits and make sure your supplies are all still there. Sometimes we borrow things out of our kits for other uses, like the jumper cables are missing from my car emergency kit. So look over your supplies.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person: 2 cans of stew. I usually get Dinty Moore, but you can get whatever you want in the size that works best for you. Smith's Case lot sale ends tomorrow, but they had a 24 ct. case of Dinty Moore beef stew for $1.99 ea. or $23.88 per case.

2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). (Check the current case lot sale at Smith's, $2.50 for a 24 ct. case of Kroger.)

EMERGENCY FUND: Start small, but be consistent. Add $2.00 or more per person each week.

HOME STORAGE: Matches or several lighters.

72-HOUR KIT: Family photo.

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Blanket. I keep mine in the car year-round.

EQUIPMENT: Rope and/or bungee cords.

PREP GOAL: Winterize car emergency kits. Fall is a great time to do this. I will suggest items to add over the next few weeks, or you can do it all at once by reading this post.

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly home storage budget.
2. Decide what you want to gather or do from the list.
3. Multiply amounts by number of family members.
4. Adjust amount for younger children.
5. Adapt, adapt, adapt. These are only suggestions. Pick and choose.
6. Each week look for store sales that match your goals.
7. Carry your list with you or put it on your cell phone notepad.

You are never behind if you take one step forward!

September 16, 2012

Mormon Messages Video: The Light of Christ

What is light? In this three part series, Elder David A. Bednar discusses how we receive and perceive light from God. Part 1 centers on the properties of light and how the Light of Christ affects all men and women everywhere.

September 14, 2012

Trials And Tender Mercies

Over the past five years I've had several health issues that have made it difficult to exercise as much I want to. I'm naturally athletic, though most people don't see me that way. I've felt like a racehorse at the starting line, just waiting for that gate to open so I can run my race.

Thankfully after several years of searching and working with doctors and chiropractors, I am finally able to get out and walk in my neighborhood again. It may seem like such a simple thing to walk, but it is huge for someone who hasn't been able to. Someone who has run a marathon and several races in her past. I hate to say it, but running may be a thing of my past. At least in this life.

Starting with a walk around the block was quite humbling this past year. Then slowly increasing to 1, then 2 miles and eventually 3. Walking carefully, so as not to stumble and get injured again. Then because of another health issue, not being able to exercise again. Like a horse who has stumbled in the race and then is put out to pasture again and again.

For some of us our challenges in this life are physical. For others they are spiritual. Regardless, I know trials and challenges mold us and build our characters. They teach us empathy for others. Humble us. Cause us to spend more time on our knees praying to God for help, patience and guidance. But isn't it wonderful that he is there, always listening? We don't have to go through this race in life alone. I know it!

And when we humble ourselves, he sends others to help us. Friends or family that just happen to say the right thing. Or call at just the right moment. Or perhaps we read a talk or article that moves us or just makes sense. Coincidences? Hardly. Tender mercies, yes! God knows me and I am grateful for that knowledge.

My walk today around our beautiful hillside neighborhood was exhilarating. First, down to Main Street, then back up, then further up "the trail" to the waterfall and back home again. I feel fortunate and blessed, and had to share. Have a great day!

September 10, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #37

Here is what we are working on this week:

INVENTORY: Oils and Fats. Things like vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, butter, peanut/almond butter, Nutella, etc. I include mayonnaise and salad dressing with my condiment inventory. Count what you have. Decide what you need.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
canned Pork, Spam, Vienna Sausages or Ham-type products - 6 ea.

2-WEEK'S WATER: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). (Check the current case lot sale at Smith's, $2.50 for a 24 ct. case of Kroger.)

EMERGENCY FUND: Add $2.00 or more per person each week.

HOME STORAGE: Lip balm (Buy in bulk at Sam's Club Chapstick variety 11 ct. is $9.98 or .91 ea. for home and emergency kits below)

72-HOUR KIT: Lip balm

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Lip balm

EQUIPMENT: Pry bar

PREP GOAL: Strap water heater to wall.

For the complete September list, go to this post.

How to Use This List:
1. Decide on a monthly home storage budget.
2. Decide what you want to gather or do from the list.
3. Multiply amounts by number of family members.
4. Adjust amount for younger children.
5. Adapt, adapt, adapt. These are only suggestions. Pick and choose.
6. Each week look for store sales that match your goals.
7. Carry your list with you or put it on your cell phone notepad.

You are never behind if you take one step forward!

September 3, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #36

Here's what we're working on this week:

INVENTORY: Grains, Pasta and Potatoes. Items like wheat, rice, oats, potato flakes, flour, macaroni, spaghetti, and other pastas. Count what you have. Decide what you need.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person: canned Chicken and Turkey - 6 ea.

2-WEEK'S WATER: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). Check the current case lot sale at Smith's, $2.50 for a 24 ct. case.

EMERGENCY FUND: Add $2.00 or more per person each week.

HOME STORAGE: Batteries (Cheapest at Costco or Sam's Club)

72-HOUR KIT: Copy of prescriptions you regularly take. Put in a Ziploc bag in your kit to protect from water damage.

AUTO KIT: Food and water. Food bars work well. One bottle of water per seat.

EQUIPMENT: Gas shut-off key.

PREP GOAL: Do you know where the gas shut off valve is? Do you know when and when not to shut it off? Check your local gas company website for information.

A broken pipe can cause flooding, but you can get things under control quickly if you know hot to turn off the water. Contact your water company if you can't find the shut off valve. Simple knowledge can save your home from damage and danger.

For the complete September list, go to this post.

How to Use This List:

1. Decide on a monthly home storage budget.
2. Decide what you want to gather or do from the list.
3. Multiply amounts by number of family members.
4. Adjust amount for younger children.
5. Adapt, adapt, adapt. These are only suggestions. Pick and choose.
6. Each week look for store sales that match your goals.
7. Carry your list with you or put it on your cell phone notepad.
8. Here is a link to a list of items for the entire month.

You are never behind if you take one step forward!

September 1, 2012

September 2012 Case Lot Sales


Just a heads up that there will be a few food storage case lot sales this month in Utah.

Harmon's started their sale yesterday, August 31st, and it will run for 2 weeks.

Smith's starts their sale Wednesday, September 5th. Typically the sale runs for 2 weeks or while supplies last.

(Update: got the ad) I was told the ad is available now at Smith's customer service counter, but I have not had a chance to look at it. I did ask about the price of peanut butter. Happy to say that a 12 ct. case of 18 oz. Kroger crunchy or creamy peanut butter will be $18.99 or $1.59 ea. That's a better price than the large containers at Costco or Sam's. I'm stocking up! We don't go through peanut butter quickly, so this size works for us. Smith's doesn't break the case, so you have to buy all 12 or split it with a friend.

You are welcome to compare prices at these stores with my Fall 2012 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison to find the best bargains.

Top Deals at Smiths!
24 ct. Kroger tomato sauce $4.80 or .20 ea.
12 ct. Libby's vegetables $6.00 or .50 ea.
24 ct. Kroger tomatoes, varieties $12.00 or .50 ea.
24 pk. 16.9 oz. Kroger water $2.50
5 lb. Tillamook shredded cheese $9.99 ($2.00 per lb.)
12 ct. Hunt's Snack pack pudding or gelatin $10.80 or .90 ea.
12 ct. Hunt's pasta sauce $10.56 or .88 ea.
24 ct. Kroger broth $12.00 or .50 ea.
12 ct. Hormel Spam $23.88 or $1.99 ea.
24 ct. Campbell's SpaghettiOs $15.60 or .65 ea.
12 ct. Kroger peanut butter $18.99 or $1.59 ea.

Top Deals at Harmons!
12 ct. WF 10 oz. chicken breast chunks $15.00 or $1.25 ea.
48 ct. WF 4 oz. whole/diced chiles $11.76 or .49 ea.
48 ct. WF 6 oz. tomato paste $21.12 or .44 ea.
8 ct. Langers Zero sugar Juices Grape, Apple $10.32 or $1.29 ea.
1 ct. WF Honey 80 oz. $10.99 or $2.20/lb.
50 lb. Augason Farms rolled oats bag $22.99

(There could be more deals that were not in the ads.)

If you know of any other stores having case lot sales this month, please send me those dates.

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