December 29, 2015

Smith's Food Storage Case Lot Sale - January 2016

Smith's grocery store starts a case lot sale Wednesday, December 30th. You can get some great discounts shopping at case lot sales, but most of the time you can find deals at your local grocery or warehouse store year-round.


Since my January food storage focus is water and beverages, I'll stock up on those items and only purchase other things if I absolutely need them. This helps me stay on my rotation schedule with my Emergency Prep lists.

We don't drink apple juice often, but I like to pick up a few bottles and keep them in our cold storage. Sometimes I find cocoa drink mix at Walmart during after Christmas sales. Or I just buy it at the our local Sam's Club or Costco. It's also available at the LDS Home Storage Center. 

After looking over the Smith's ad, here are some:


GREAT DEALS AT THE SMITH'S CASE LOT SALE

BEVERAGES
Kroger Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk. $2.50 or .10 ea.
Kroger Water 16.9 oz. 32 pk. $3.49 or .10 ea.
Langer's 100% Apple Juice 64 oz. $1.39 or 8 for $12.00 (have seen for $1.25)

SOUPS/BROTH
Kroger Broth 14 oz. .50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Maruchan Ramen Noodles 3 oz. .14 or 24 for $3.29
Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.55 or 48 for $26.40
Campbell's Chunky Soup various 18.6 - 19 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
Progresso Soup 17 - 19 oz. .99 ea.

MEAT & BEANS
Bumble Bee Tuna in water 5 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $24.00 (Great deal!)
Kroger Beans various 15 oz. $.49 ea. or 24 for $11.76

OILS & FATS
Kroger Peanut Butter 28 oz. $1.25 ea. or 12 for $14.99 (Awesome!)

TOMATOES
Kroger Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.20 ea. or 24 for $4.80
Kroger Tomatoes various $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.80 ea. or 12 for $9.60
Ragu Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $1 ea. or 12 for $12.00

FRUITS/
VEGETABLES
Kroger Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.50 or 24 for $12.00
Libby's Vegetables various 14.5-15 oz., $.50 or 12 for $5.99

BAKING SUPPLIES
Betty Crocker Cake Mix or Brownies $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00
p$$t Sugar 4 lb. $1.79 or 10 for $17.90 (have seen for $1.59)

I hope you find something for your food storage!

December 26, 2015

January Emergency Preparedness Goals - Water, Beverages and Water Storage

Update! I have changed my yearly preparedness prep lists and put them in The Food Storage Organizer which you can download and print. It's on my new website, FoodStorageOrganizer.com. It costs $12, and you can print for yourself or others. But you cannot share or email the file.

Because someone tried to sell my lists, I've had to use different rules for 2017, and hope you will honor my modified copyright. You may download the document and print copies for sisters interested in them. Or share a link to my website, and members can purchase a copy to download themselves. But you cannot download the document and share it through email in ward newsletters. I'm so sorry. Please go here for more information. FoodStorageOrganizer

Thanks!

Hello friends and Happy New Year! It's time for us to roll up our sleeves and work on our New Year's resolutions; become more self-reliant and prepare for emergencies. If you want to use my January Emergency Prep List, follow this schedule - Week 1: December 27, Week 2: January 3, Week 3: January 10, Week 4: January 17, Week 5: January 24.

To start the new year off right, my personal January prep goals are to:

  • Update our 2-week supply of drinking water. 
  • Add beverages to our 3-month food storage supply.
  • Stock up on toiletries like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, feminine items and deodorant. 
  • Gather dry milk recipes on Pinterest for me and you.
  • Take an inventory of the freezer, beverages, water, toiletries, and breakfast foods.
Holy cow! Since I wrote these goals down on this post, it was so easy to copy and past them as tasks on my Google calendar. So excited for this new year to begin!

Gathering drinking water is one of the preparedness steps taught by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their Home Storage program.

FEMA recommends you buy 14 gallons (1 gallon per day for 2 weeks per person) of commercially prepared bottled water. To learn how to purify water and other good things, read this FEMA/Red Cross document "Food and Water in an Emergency."

Personally, I keep a few barrels of water in our basement AND small bottles of commercially prepared water in my kitchen, emergency closet and garage. I buy 24 ct. cases of water because I can carry them myself. So, if we ever had to evacuate, got water?

I'm always surprised why people won't buy emergency drinking water when it costs about $14 per person, but they will buy 2 movie tickets for the same price. Mmmm.

Want to Know How To Buy Emergency Water Quickly?
  1. Get in the car and drive to the store.
  2. Buy 4.4 cases of 16.9 oz. bottled drinking water.
  3. Bring them home, put them under a bed, or in a closet.
  4. You're done! Yes, it can be that simple. 
Here's Some Water Math
  • 14 gallons = 1792 ounces
  • 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz.bottled water = 1622 ounces
  • 4x32 ct cases of 16.9 oz. bottled water = 2163 ounces
Where to Buy
  •  Stores regularly sell 24 ct. cases on sale for $2.50 each
  •  Sam's Club/Costco have 32 ct cases for about $4.50
While you are on a roll, how about starting a financial reserve (aka emergency fund)? This is also taught by the LDS Church and financial gurus like Dave Ramsey. It's so easy to do. I know you're thinking it isn't easy because you just spent mucho dinero on Christmas gifts. But I know you can do it!
  1. Decide on a small amount of money to save each week.
  2. Put it in the bank or a jar on your dresser.
  3. And ONLY use it for emergencies. Read how here
I'm amazed how large our fund has grown over the years. I have a testimony that obedience brings many blessings. So, do it!

Print out the January Emergency Prep list with the link below and see if there are some goals you can work on. I don't do everything either, but they give me some place to start. I studied Utah grocery store prices for the past 7 years, and tried to balance my lists so they doesn't blow our budget. Whether you live in Utah or not, I think my lists will help you move forward.

If you are new to preparedness, do the best you can, but remember President Gordon B. Hinckley said,

"I have been quoted as saying, 'Do the best you can.' But I want to emphasize that it be the very best. We are too prone to be satisfied with mediocre performance. We are capable of doing so much better. We must get on our knees and plead with the Lord for help and strength and direction. We must then stand on our feet and move forward."

So, let's get on our knees, then on our feet and move forward this New Year. You CAN do it!

Happy New Year!
Valerie


BE ORGANIZED
 "Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing;
and establish a house, even a house of prayer,
a house of fasting, a house of faith,
a house of learning, a house of glory,
a house of order, a house of God.”
D&C 88:119


Go here for my 12 monthly preparedness lists

If you are new to Prepared LDS Family, go to my Start Here page and learn how I do things around here. Each month I share a list of items to gather for food storage and emergency preparedness. I've tweaked these lists over the years and have found that focusing on monthly goals will not overwhelm us.

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