December 1, 2016

December Emergency Preparedness Goals - Baking Basics, Power and Light

December is a busy month and a difficult time for most of us to focus on emergency preparedness, but December is a month that brings back memories of the Great Wind Storm we had here in Farmington, Utah on December 1, 2011. And I remember the Indian Ocean Tsunami on December 26, 2004 that killed 230,000 people, and the Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010 that killed 159,000 people.


This month, gather inexpensive baking ingredients into your food storage and and buy everything in one shopping trip. I call them Baking Basics. Things like vanilla, cooking spray, brownie or cake mixes, frosting, cornstarch, salt, baking powder or baking soda. It's super easy to stock up on them! And they all store well and have at least a 1-year shelf life. You may already have enough of these on hand for a 3-month food storage supply which is part of Step 1 of the LDS Home Storage program.


My emergency focus this month is power and light so I gather such items such as batteries, lighters, flashlights and lanterns. During the winter we could experience a power outage, so having these items on hand is a blessing. Add a flashlight to your child's stocking so they can keep it in the drawer by their bed. And you will probably buy batteries already for toys or electronics, right? Just pick up extra for emergencies too.

I usually have more success convincing my husband to buy an expensive preparedness item around Christmas-time. :-) Some suggestions might be a generator, a chain saw, a snow blower, a solar phone charger, a bread machine or that wheat grinder you've had your eye on.

How about putting together an emergency gift basket for your college student, married children or other friend? And give some time to those less fortunate this year too.

So, print the December Emergency Prep list below and hang it on your refrigerator, or jot a few ideas down on your Christmas list. You will be glad you did. Anything you do is one step forward. "I think I can, I think I can, I know I CAN!"

I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his never-ending love and encouragement in my life. I know he watches over each of us and will help us become better prepared for emergencies. May we focus on his glorious birth at this time of year and desire to become more like him.

Coming in 2017, a brand new website and new prep lists. I'm so excited!

Best wishes and Merry Christmas!
Valerie

BE CHRISTLIKE
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 

November 1, 2016

November 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

When I couldn't scan my November Emergency Prep Calendar, this morning, I immediately said a quick prayer. It's so natural for me to pray, that I believe I live in constant prayer. Some may think it's funny to pray over your printer, but I don't. My mind was cleared, the thought came to restart my laptop and the printer, and then my little miracle happened. Everything worked!


Print November Emergency Prep Calendar here

Sorry for not getting the September, October and November Prep Calendars out sooner, but between technical difficulties, my daughter's wedding and my recent surgery, I just didn't get it done.

This month my spiritual focus is to BE GRATEFUL. Usually I say something about food storage at the beginning of a post, but I want to first share how grateful I am to be an American. How thankful I am to have the right to vote and the opportunity to submit my ballot today.

As I ponder, I think of how many people around the world don't have the privileges I do. I have the freedom to express my views publically and choose my religion without fear of oppression. My heart breaks to know that many people around the world have to leave their homes and lands they love, to escape terrorists or government discord. So, as you go throughout your month, I hope each day you'll remember what you are thankful for.

The one thing I've learned through my preparedness journey is that its 10% physical prep and 90% spiritual prep. Am I the only prep writer who can say that? Because I know it's true! You will struggle more with difficult things if you are not spiritually grounded first. When I learned about Jon Schmidt's daughter’s disappearance, I was crushed. And then to see his spiritual strength through that experience was astounding. He was spiritually prepared.

So as you look through my calendar with all that physical stuff, and start to feel anxious, toss those feelings aside and read the scripture at the bottom to help you focus again. Say a little prayer, and then circle a few to dos on the calendar.

Enjoy your first day of November!

Best wishes,
Valerie

“when thou risest in the morning 
let thy heart be full of thanks unto God, 
and if ye do these things, 
ye shall be lifted up at the last day.” 

October 30, 2016

November Emergency Preparedness Goals - Holiday Baking, Heat and Clothing

November and December are my favorite months to gather holiday baking foods and baking basics into my food storage. Because of the expense of Christmas gifts and the busyness of the season, I like to gather inexpensive foods during these months. Most of them have a long shelf life, which is awesome. 


In November the foods I gather look exactly like some of the items you might want for a Thanksgiving feast. Bingo! A great time to get two things done at once. Just buy a few extra to keep on hand to use in your favorite recipes at other times of the year. 

In November I might gather:
  • Pumpkin, canned (2 - 5 year shelf life )
  • Broth, chicken or beef (2 - 5 year shelf life)
  • Brown Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
  • Powdered Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
  • Stuffing (12 - 18 month shelf life)
  • Yams (2 - 5 year shelf life)
  • Flour (1 year shelf life, but a 10 year shelf life in #10 cans) 
  • Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
The list below has all the things I like to gather and emergency supplies as well.

My emergency preparedness focus in November is heating and winter clothing. What would you do if you were without power for two weeks and had no heat? Do you have adequate blankets, coats, boots, hats, or mittens? Preparing for emergencies in mind will help our families during these difficult times. Living here in Utah makes us naturally gather these items every year. But it gets chilly in other states as well.

For some great sugar storing tips, check out this article by Leslie Probert, co-author of "Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell. See my Resources page for her book. I have learned so much from Leslie about food storage, so I highly recommend her.

I have much to be grateful for as a mother of 7 beautiful children, 7 grandchildren with two on the way, and being the wife of a great husband. I'm thankful to have my daughter (my fifth missionary) now serving in Illinois. I love the scriptures and words of the living prophets. They strengthen me each day. I am thankful for my readers who come to my site for a little motivation. May you each know that this beautiful earth was created for you. As you look at its beauties remember; you are God's most beautiful creation.

Best wishes,
Valerie

BE GRATEFUL
“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, 
and he will direct thee for good; 
yea, when thou liest down at night 
lie down unto the Lord, 
that he may watch over you in your sleep; 
and when thou risest in the morning 
let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; 
and if ye do these things, 
ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”

October 4, 2016

More Utah Food Storage Case Lot Sales October 2016

We have two more weeks of grocery store case lot sales in Utah staring this week! I highlighted the best bargains in green for Fresh Market/Dick's and Bowman's Market. These items can be used in your 3-month food storage supply.



CASE LOT SALE COMPARISON
FM = Fresh Market case lot deals
DC = Dick's case lot deals
BM = Bowman's case lot deals

BEVERAGES
FM DM BM WF Bottled Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk$1.99 ea. 
BM WF Apple Juice varieties 64 oz. $1.25 or 8 for $10.00
FM DK WF Apple Juice varieties 64 oz. $1.49 or 8 for $11.92
FM DK BM Vegetable or Tomato Juice 46 oz. $1.50 ea. or 12 for $18.00

SOUPS/BROTH
BM WF Broth 14.5 oz. $.59 ea. or 24 for $14.16
FM DK WF Broth 14.5 oz. $.69 ea. or 24 for $16.56
FM DK WF Creamed Soups 10.5 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
BM WF Creamed Soups 10.5 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56
BM Campbell's Creamed Soups 10.5 oz. $.69 or 48 for $33.12
FM DK Campbell's Creamed Soups 10.5 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56
FM DK WF Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.49 or 24 for $11.76
BM WF Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.50 or 24 for $12.00
BM Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.69 or 48 for $33.12

MEAT/BEANS/POTATOES
FM DK BM WF Beans various 15-15.5 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
BM WF Chili w/beans 15 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
FM DK WF Chili w/beans 15 oz. $.99 ea. or 12 for $11.88
FM DK BM WF Refried Beans 16 oz. $.59 ea. or 24 for $14.16
BM WF Dry Black or Pinto Beans 20 lb. for $13.99
BM WF Albacore Tuna or Pink Salmon 5 oz. $1.25 or 24 for $30.00
FM DK BM WF Tuna in water 5 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $24.00
FM DK BM WF Beef Stew 20 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
FM DK BM WF Chunk Chicken Breast 5 oz. $.99 ea. or 12 for $11.88 (Costco beats)

OILS and FATS
FM DK WF Peanut Butter 16-18 oz. $1.25 ea. or 12 for $15.00
BM WF Peanut Butter 64 oz. $6.49 ea.
FM DK BM WF Vegetable or Canola Oil 1 gal. $6.99 or 4 for $27.96
FM DK BM Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 68 oz. $9.99 (Awesome price!)

TOMATOES
FM DK WF Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.20 ea. or 48 for $9.60 (Awesome price!)
BM WF Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.25 ea. or 24 for $6.00 
FM DK BM WF Tomato Paste 6 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $24.00
BM WF Tomatoes varieties 14.5 oz. $.49 ea. or 24 for $11.76
FM DK WF Tomatoes varieties 14.5 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
FM DK Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.79 or 12 for $9.48
BM Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.89 or 12 for $10.68
BM Prego Pasta Sauce 14.5-24 oz. $1.69 ea. or 12 for $20.28

FRUIT
BM WF Fruit, various 15-15.25 oz. $.99 or 24 for $23.76
BM Shur Saving Pears or Peaches 29 oz. $1.50 or 12 for $18.00
FM DK WF Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
BM Dole Pineapple assorted 20 oz. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00

VEGETABLES
FM DK BM WF Vegetables  11 - 15.25 oz., $.50 or 24 for $12.00
BM WF Mushrooms 4 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
FM DK WF Mushrooms 4 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56
BM WF Diced Chiles 4 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56

DAIRY
BM Western Family Evaporated Milk 12 oz. $.79 or 24 for $18.96 (Have seen for $.69)

PASTA
FM DK BM Maruchan Ramen Noodles 3 oz. $.25 ea. or 12 for $3.00
FM DK BM Nissin Top Ramen Noodles 3 oz. $.17 ea. or 24 for $4.00
BM Campbell's SpaghettiO's 14.2 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
BM Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-15 oz. $.89 or 12 for $10.68
FM DK Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-15 oz. $.99 or 12 for $11.88
FM DK BM WF Macaroni & Cheese 5.5-7.25 oz. $.29 or 24 for $6.96
BM WF Pasta 48 oz. $2.50 or 8 for $20.00

GRAINS
BM WF Medium or Jasmine Rice 5 lbs. $4.99 or 6 for $29.94
FM DK BM WF Long Grain Rice 20 lb. $9.99
BM WF Quick or Old Fashioned Oatmeal 42 oz. $1.89 or 12 for $22.68
FM DK WF Quick or Old Fashioned Oatmeal 42 oz. $1.99 or 12 for $23.88

BAKING SUPPLIES
FM DK WF Powdered or Brown Sugar 2 lb. $.99 or 12 for $11.88 (Awesome price!)
BM WF Powdered or Brown Sugar 2 lb. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00
FM DK BM WF Sugar 25 lb. $10.99 ea. (Have seen for $9.99)
FM DK BM WF Honey 3 lb. $8.99 (similar to Costco or Sam's)
FM DK BM WF Flour 25 lb. $7.99 ea. 
BM Krusteaz Pancake Mix 10 lb. $5.99 ea.
FM DK Krusteaz Pancake Mix 10 lb. $6.99 ea.
BM Mrs. Butterworth Pancake Syrup 2 pk 64 oz. $5.99 ea. (Awesome price!)
FM DK Mrs. Butterworth Pancake Syrup 2 pk 64 oz. $6.99 ea.
FM DK WF Cake Mix $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68 (Awesome price!)
BM Betty Crocker Brownie Mix $.79 or 12 for $9.48 (Awesome price!)
FM DK BM WF Seasoning Packets $.33 ea. or 3 for $1.00

CONDIMENTS
BM WF Olives 6 oz. $.89 or 24 for $21.36
FM DK BM WF Ketchup 20 or 24 oz. $.99 or 12 for $11.88
FM DK BM WF Salad Dressing or Mayonnaise 30 oz. $2.50 or 12 for $30.00

This is not a complete list of sale items.

Here is my 2014 case lot price comparison list. It may help you as you compare prices.

And here are some tips on how to shop at grocery case lot sales:
How to Shop at Utah Case Lot Sales


Please email me at preparedldsfamily (at) gmail (dot) come if you see any errors. Thanks!

Happy shopping and stocking!

Valerie

October 2, 2016

October 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

My friends, I'm getting this October Emergency Prep Calendar out late, but I hope you'll still find it useful. This month the food storage focus is oils and fats, the prep focus is fire safety, and the spiritual focus is BE FAITHFUL.


You don't have to do everything on my emergency calendars or lists. These are only suggestions to get you thinking so you will come up with a plan for your own family. Circle what you think you can accomplish this month, add those items to your grocery list each week, and then go get the job done! There is always next year for modification. Remember, you will be doing more than most people can ever do.

Useful posts:
October Emergency Prep list that goes along with this
Suggest 3-month food storage supply

October 1, 2016

October Emergency Preparedness Goals - Oils, Fats, & Fire Safety

Fall is my favorite time of year with so much to look forward to: the change of color on the trees, football games, the LDS General Conference, and food storage case lot sales. It's one of the best times to stock up on food storage.


This month my food storage focus is oils and fats. Our bodies need fats to absorb certain nutrients to help our bodies function. When I think of fats it reminds me of the tin man in the Wizard of Oz getting some much needed oil. He says, "Oil my arms, please. Oil my elbows." My body needs some oil too. :)

As we enter the holiday season, cooking oil, shortening, baking chocolate and chocolate chips go on sale. Of course I put Nestle Toll House Morsels in my food storage by buying a few bags at Costco when they go on sale. I store them in my freezer for the coming year. Always put something yummy in your food storage, since those little yummies can be a great stress relief during trying times. And they taste good too!



In October I buy a few cans of roast beef at Wal-mart or Sam's Club, and some beef or turkey jerky for my 3-month food storage supply. These items are too costly to buy a 3-month supply, so I only buy what I can afford. Some of you know how to dry your own beef, but this suburban mom just buys it.

It's important to store oil properly. Oil should NOT be stored in your garage where the heat will ruin it. Unopened vegetable oil has a 1-year shelf life, though it can be stored longer if you store it in a very cool (not freezing) location. Once opened the shelf-life is 4 - 6 months, so it's a good idea to write the date you open the bottle on the outside of it.

Oils should be stored in a dark location such as a closed cupboard or pantry. Olive oil has about a 6-month shelf life, but can be stored for a year in the refrigerator. To avoid using rancid oil, always smell it first. Sticks or canned shortening have a 2-year shelf life. Once opened, canned shortening has about a 1 year shelf life, but the sticks only have a 6-month shelf life. I just threw too many numbers at you didn't I. Many of you are fans of coconut oil, and since I'm not an expert on it, all I can say is it has a long shelf life so check the label.

Peanut butter is another item I stock up on this month, but remember it has a short shelf life of about 1 year. I usually keep a 6 month supply on hand in the small 18 oz. containers since we use it slowly. If you need help figuring out the shelf life of any food item, visit StillTasty.com or look at the expiration date the manufacturer put on the item. And remember to see if the date is truly an expiration date OR a best buy date. Many items can be stored beyond the best buy date, but be careful about oils as rancid foods can make you really sick. Yuck!

There are no long-term food storage items (20 to 30 year shelf-life) to gather this month, however continue to put a little bit of money in your emergency fund each week, and keep your emergency supply of drinking water up to date. How much water? At least one gallon per person for 14 days or at least 14 gallons per person. This can be used for drinking and cooking. If you live in Utah, cases of bottled water go on sale for about $2.50 at the case lot sales. That's about .10 per bottle for commercially prepared water. You can always get them at warehouse stores too.

My October emergency preparedness focus is fire prevention. It's time to test those smoke alarms, get your fire extinguisher tested, check that carbon monoxide alarm and have a mock fire drill. If you don't have a fire extinguisher, get one for very small fires. Never use on large fires. Just get out! The September 29 through October 23rd 2016 Costco coupon book has smoke detectors ($5 off), fire extinguishers ($8 off), and carbon monoxide dectors ($8 off) on sale.

DISASTER! No one likes that word, but the cleanup afterwards is awful. If you have time this month, put together a disaster cleanup kit. Many of these supplies can be found at your local dollar store. Or you may have some on hand already. Wouldn't it be nice to be ready to help your neighbors? The following video by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a disaster cleaning bucket. I think they do a pretty good job!



That's it for October. Don't bite off more than you can chew. Decide what you CAN do this month, and do it! I'll post my October Emergency Prep Calendar in the next post.

Best Wishes,
Valerie


BE FAITHFUL
"And inasmuch as they are faithful they shall be preserved, 
and I, the Lord, will be with them."

Go here for my 12 Monthly Preparedness Lists

September 27, 2016

General Conference Activity Notebook for Primary Kids

It's General Conference time again, which means it's time to put together a General Conference activity notebook for your child. A few years ago we created an activity notebook in my ward for Primary children ages 6 - 11. The cool thing about this notebook is you can use it again and again and just remove old pages and put in new ones. My notebook has a-bit-of-this and a-bit-of-that from many sources. Look through the links and print what you think your child might enjoy. It will help keep their hands busy so their minds can feast as they listen to General Conference with you.

More ideas can be found at General Conference: Activities for Children and on my Pinterest LDS General Conference FHE board. Also see The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z, and The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z 2. Have fun creating your General Confernece notebook!

General Conference Notebook for Primary-age Children
  • Get a 1 inch clear-view cover binder for each child.
  • Buy 5-tab divider pages and label them: My Notes, Coloring Pages, Activity Pages, Family Games, For Parents
  • Print any of the copies below.
  • Hole-punch your copies.
  • Put your copies in the notebook in your notebook.
  • Add  sheet protectors to hold game pieces like Bingo cards.
  • Provide colored markers, crayons, pencils and treats for your child. Have a great time!
COVER PAGE
Step 1: Print this cover page pdf  (My 10 year-old daughter still loves this picture by Beth Whittaker!) 



Step 2: Print these section title pages or create some of your own.
Step 3: Glue or staple the section title pages to your 5 tab dividers. You may have to trim them depending on your divider pages.

MY NOTES SECTION
Step 4: Go to LDS.org and print pages 4 - 12 in the General Conference Notebook. Use these for your child to take notes or draw notes on. Elder Packer, Perry and Scott have been removed and their are spaces for three new apostles. You can use that cover instead of mine.

COLORING PAGES SECTION
Step 5: Print any of the coloring pages you want:
New! Scripture Stories Coloring Book at LDS.org
"God's Prophets and Apostles Speak to Us in General Conference" at LDS.org
"I Will Follow the Prophet" at LDS.org or anything else from this link.
"Prophets Teach Me How to Strengthen My Family"
"Jesus Created The Earth for Me" at LDS.org (It's the same as my cover)
"Prophets Speak For Heavenly Father" and "Conference listen, then color pages' at the same at LDS.org
"The Resurrection" by Harry Anderson at LDS.org
"Jesus Christ Created The Earth As a Place Where I Can Choose The Right" at LDS.org
"I Can Show Reverence For Sacred Places and Things" at LDS.org
"I Came to Earth as Part of a Family" at LDS.org

ACTIVITIES SECTION
Step 6: Print any of the activity pages you want:
"Salt Lake Temple" dot-to-dot 1-35 or another others from About.com
"Mary at the tomb" 1-79 dot-to-dot at LDS.org (scroll down)
"The Gold Plates" 1 - 35 dot-to-dot at my CTRRing.com
"Liahona Compass of Faith" dot-to-dot 1-60 at LDS.org (scroll down)
Taking The Sacrament in House of The Lord dot-to-dot 1-86 at LDS.org
"Mexico City Temple" dot-to-dot 1-65 at LDS.org
"We Do Not Doubt" Stripling Warrior dot-to-dot 1-55 at LDS.org
"Trust In The Lord" dot-to-dot 1-95 at LDS.org
"David and Goliath" dot-to-dot 1-115 at LDS.org
"Joseph Smith" dot-to-dot 1-55 at LDS.org
"Sacrament" dot-to-dot 1-86 at LDS.org
"Zion" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 34. Another packet!
"Endure to the End" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 8. Another packet!
"Easter" crossword puzzle at LDS.org
"Latter-Day Prophet" word search or any other searches at LDS.about.com
"Latter-Day Saint" word search at LDS.about.com
Current "Prophet and Apostle" word search at LDS.about.com (2 per page)
Article of Faith word searches #11 or #12 or #13  at LDS.about.com
"Joseph Smith" word search at LDS.about.com
"Noah's Ark" hidden pictures  at LDS.org
"I Love My Family" hidden pictures  at LDS.org
"The First Easter" story Rebus with word pictures (in color)
"Joseph F. Smith" crossword or "King Benjamin Teaches the People" or "Noah's Ark" cut outs at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"Word of Wisdom" and Joshua Served the Lord" hidden pictures at LDSLessonIdeas
"Remember Jesus During the Sacrament" picture wheel and other activities (scroll down)
Two "General Conference" hidden pictures at LDS.org
"President Monson Follow the Prophet" hidden picture. Print in grayscale to save ink.
Make your own tracing-the-words pages for younger children from KidZone.com. Create a page of words such as your child's name or the word "Jesus," "Prophet," "Love," "Family," "Temple," etc. Go to Tracer Pages. Click "Blank (No pictures)," and then "block" lettering. Put a word (10 letters and spaces or less) in the blank space and copy to all boxes.

FAMILY GAMES SECTION
Between sessions, play some games as a family.
Print a General Conference Squares cards for each family member from LDS.org conference squares game card
Go to LDS.org and let your child play "Articles of Faith Memory Quest"

Let your kids watch the "LDS Conference Center" video tour at this link. Very sweet!

FOR PARENTS SECTION
Print my "General Conference Helps for Parents" handout. Keep this in the binder so you can refer to it again. Or add any other handouts you find useful. A few weeks before conference, come back to this page and print something new for your child. You may also want to read "Preparing Our Children for General Conference" at LDS.org

I'm getting excited for General Conference! Hope you are too.

Valerie
(Links updated 9/27/16)

“It is when children are young that parents must be innovative in helping them develop good habits regarding conference participation. As our children are given opportunities to observe and learn the role of these special witnesses, they will receive a spiritual confirmation of the sacred calling of their Church leaders, and they will feel a deeper love for and interest in these leaders and their message.” Elder Neil L. Andersen

September 4, 2016

September 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

This September 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar has ideas of items to store in a 3-month food storage supply, 72-hour kits, savings, mini inventory, and preparedness goals. I hope it helps you start working on preparedness.


You don't have to do everything on my emergency calendars or lists. These are only suggestions to get you thinking so you will come up with a plan for your own family. Circle what you think you can accomplish this month, add those items to your grocery list each week, and then go get the job done! There is always next year for modification. Remember, you will be doing more than most people can ever do.

Useful posts:
September Emergency Prep Calendar printable
September Emergency Prep list that goes along with this
Suggested 3-month food storage supply

August 30, 2016

Smith's vs Macey's Food Storage Case Lot Sales Fall 2016

Smith's, Macey's, Harmon's and other grocery stores in Utah are having food storage case lot sales in Utah starting Wednesday, August 31 at Smith's, and Monday, September 5 at Macey's. I highlighted the best bargains in green below, but I've also included some of their crazy good Labor Day weekend deals. 


I grouped food into the same categories I use when I take a mini food storage inventory. If you open my kitchen cupboards, these categories are how you'll find food sorted on my shelves. Remember, I don't buy everything for my food storage at case lot sales because I shop year-round at store sales, and sometimes at Costco or Sam's Club. But these foods below are similar to the items I store in my 3-month food storage supply.




During September I gather meat and potato items. But feel free to buy whatever you need. If you can't buy a full case, go down the regular store aisles and most stores let you buy individual items at the case lot sale price. Yep! Check with your store.

This is NOT a complete list. There are usually more items on sale than what is in the grocery ad. It's always best to compare prices, because you will save so much more money. Have a plan. Check out some of my case lot shopping tips here:



CASE LOT SALE COMPARISON
SM = Smith's case lot and some Labor Day sales
HM = Harmon's case lot
Macey's = Macey's cl and some Labor Day sales :)

BEVERAGES
SM Kroger Drinking Water 1 gal. $0.75
SM Arrowhead Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk. $2.99 ea. (BUY 5, SAVE $5)
HM Nestle's Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk. $2.50 ea.
Macey's Western Family Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk$1.75 ea. Labor Day Sale (unheard of price!)
Macey's Western Family Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk$1.88 ea. 
Macey's Western Family 100% Apple Juice 96 oz. $1.68 or 6 for $10.08 (awesome, beats Sam's Club)
SM Kroger Apple Juice 64 oz. $0.99 ea. or 6 for $5.94 (Amazing price!)
HM Langer's 100% Apple Juice 64 oz. $1.39 ea. or 8 for $11.12
Macey's V8 Blend Juice 64 oz. $1.48 ea. or 8 for $11.84

SOUPS/BROTH
SM Kroger Broth 14 oz. .50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Macey's Western Family Broth 14.5 oz. $.48 ea. or 24 for $11.52
HM Swanson Chicken Broth 14.5 oz. $.69 ea. or 24 for $16.56 (seen for .59)
HM Harmon's Organic Broth 32 oz. $1.40 ea. or 12 for $16.80
Macey's Creamed Soups 10.5 oz. $.48 or 24 for $9.12 (awesome!)
SM Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz. $.89 or 48 for $43.20
HM Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56
Macey's Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz. $.68 or 48 for $32.64
Macey's Western Family Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.38 or 24 for $9.12
Macey's Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.58 or 24 for $13.92
SM Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.79 or 48 for $37.92
HM Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
SM Campbell's Chunky Soup various 18.6 - 19 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
HM Progresso Soup various 18.5 - 19 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00

MEAT/BEANS/POTATOES
SM Kroger Beans various 15 oz. $.55 ea. or 12 for $6.60
HM Harmons Beans various 15 oz. $.50 ea. or 12 for $6.00
Macey's Western Family Beans various 15 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
SM Simple Truth Organic Beans various 12-15 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
Macey's Western Family Chil w/beans 15 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
HM Pace Chili assorted 14.5 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
SM Nalley Original Chili w/beans 14 oz. $1.00 ea. or 24 for $24.00 (have seen $.88)
SM VanCamp's Pork and Beans 15 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Macey's Western Pork and Beans 15.5 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
SM Bush's Baked Beans 21-28 oz. $1.67 (Labor Day Sale)
HM Rosarita Refried Beans 16 oz. $.89 ea. or 24 for $21.36
SM Bumble Bee Tuna in water 5 oz. $.59 ea. or 48 for $28.32
HM Western Family tuna in water 5 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Macey's Harmon's Skipjack tuna in water 5 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $24.00
HM Dinty Moore Beef Stew 20 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
Macey's Western Family Beef Stew 20 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
SM Spam 12 oz. $2.50 ea. or 12 for $29.88
HM Hormel Turkey, Ham or Chicken 5 oz. $.89 ea.12 for $10.68
HM Valley Fresh Chicken Breast 10 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
Macey's Western Family Premium Chunk Chicken Breast 5 oz. $.99 ea. or 12 for $11.88 (Costco beats)
SM Kroger Breakfast Sausage Links (fresh) 12 oz. $1.99 ea. or 12 for $23.88
SM Jennie-O Ground Turkey 90% lean (fresh) 16 oz. $1.99 ea. or 12 for $23.88
Macey's Chicken Breasts Boneless (fresh) 20 lbs. $33.80 case ($1.69 lb.)
Macey's Ground Beef 19% lean (fresh) 5 lbs. $10.95 case ($2.19 lb.)

OILS and FATS
SM Kroger Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Western Family Peanut Butter 64 oz. $6.49 ea.
HM Adam's Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1.99 ea. or 12 for $23.88 (Awesome price! Costco less, but jar is larger)
HM Skippy Peanut Butter 15-16 oz. $1.49 ea. or 12 for $17.88
Macey's Western Family Vegetable or Canola Oil 1 gallon $6.99 or 4 for $27.96
HM Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 68 oz. $9.99 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 68 oz. $9.99 (Awesome price!)

TOMATOES
Macey's Western Family Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.25 ea. or 48 for $12.00 
SM Kroger Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.39 ea. or 24 for $8.88
Macey's Western Family Tomato Paste 6 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $12.00
HM Harmon's Organic Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $0.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
HM Harmon's Organic Tomato Paste 6 oz. $0.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
SM Simple Truth Organic Tomato Paste 6 oz. $0.69 ea. or 24 for $16.56
SM Simple Truth Organic Tomato Sauce 15 oz. $1.29 ea. or 12 for $15.48
SM Kroger Tomatoes 14.5 oz. $.49 ea. or 24 for $11.76 (Awesome price!)
SM Western Family Tomatoes 14.5 oz. $.58 ea. or 24 for $13.92
HM Ro*tel Tomatoes 10 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
HM Harmon's Organic Tomatoes 14.5-15 oz. $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00
SM Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
Macey's Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.89 or 12 for $10.68
SM Ragu Pasta Sauce 14.5-24 oz. $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Prego Pasta Sauce 14.5-24 oz. $1.48 ea. or 12 for $17.76
Macey's Pace Picante Sauce 16 oz. $1.48 ea. or 12 for $17.76
HM Hunt's Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce 15 oz. $.89 ea. or 24 for $21.36

FRUIT
SM Kroger Fruit pears, peaches, various 15-15.25 oz. $.99 or 24 for $23.76
SM Western Family Fruit, various 15-15.25 oz. $.99 or 24 for $23.76
Macey's Shur Saving Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.39 or 24 for $9.36
SM Kroger Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.50 or 24 for $12.00
HM Harmon's Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.75 or 12 for $9.00
HM Dole Pineapple assorted 20 oz. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00
Macey's Dole Pineapple assorted 20 oz. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00

VEGETABLES
SM Libby's Vegetables various 14.5-15 oz., $.50 or 12 for $6.00
HM Libby's Corn or Green Beans 15 oz., $.50 or 24 for $11.98
Macey's Western Family Vegetables  11 - 15.25 oz., $.50 or 24 for $12.00
HM Geisha Mushrooms 4 oz. $.58 or 24 for $13.92
Macey's Western Family Mushrooms 4 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
Macey's Western Family Diced Chiles 4 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56

DAIRY
Macey's Western Family Evaporated Milk 12 oz. $.79 or 24 for $18.96 (Have seen for $.69)
SM Kroger Evaporated Milk 12 oz. $1.00 or 24 for $24.00 (Have seen for $.69)
SM Tillamook Shredded Cheese 5 lb. $12.99 or $2.60 per lb. (about same as Costco or Sam's)
SM Oakdell Medium Eggs 5 dozen $3.99 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Oakdell Medium Eggs 5 dozen $2.99! Crazy awesome!

PASTA
SM Maruchan Ramen Noodles 3 oz. $.15 ea. or 24 for $3.49
Macey's Nissin Top Ramen Noodles 3 oz. $.16 ea. or 24 for $4.00
SM Hamburger Helper various $.88 ea. or 12 for $10.56
Macey's Campbell's SpaghettiO's 14.2 oz. $.58 or 24 for $13.92 (Awesome!)
SM Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-12 oz. $.85 or 24 for $20.40 (have seen for $.79)
HM Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-12 oz. $.88 or 24 for $21.12 (have seen for $.79)
Macey's Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-12 oz. $.89 or 24 for $21.36 (have seen for $.79)
HM Harmon's Pasta Sauce 25 oz. or 12 for $24.00
Macey's Western Family Macaroni & Cheese 5.5-7.25 oz. $.29 or 24 for $6.96
SM Annie's Macaroni & Cheese 5.25-6 oz. $.89 or 12 for $10.68
HM Annie's Macaroni & Cheese   5.25-6 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
Macey's American Beauty 10 oz. Pasta $.49 (Awesome! Labor Day Sale. Smith's sometimes has the same price.)
Macey's Western Family Pasta 48 oz. $2.50 or 8 for $20.00

GRAINS
SM Botan Calrose Rice 20 lb. $11.99 (LDS, Costco, Sam's are cheaper)
HM Pacific Blossom Calrose Rice 15 lbs. $9.99
SM Rice a Roni $.89 ea. or 12 for $8.28
COSTCO Quaker Instant Oatmeal 52 packets $9.79 -$3.00 off = $6.79
Macey's Western Family Oatmeal 42 oz. $1.89 or 12 for $22.68

BAKING SUPPLIES
Macey's Western Brown or Powdered Sugar 2 lb. $.98 or 12 for $11.76 (stock up!)
HM Western Brown or Powdered Sugar 2 lb. $1.19 or 12 for $14.28 (ok, or wait until October)
SM Kroger Brown Sugar 2 lb. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00 (wait until October)
Macey's Western Family Sugar 10 lb$4.49 ea. (Labor Day Sale)
Macey's Western Family Sugar 25 lb$8.98 ea. (Awesome price! Unheard of!)
HM Western Family Sugar 25 lb$10.99 ea. (Have seen for $9.99)
Macey's Western Family Honey 3 lb. $8.99 (similar to Costco or Sam's)
Macey's Western Family Flour 25 lb$7.99 ea. 
SM Krusteaz Pancake Mix 5 lb. $3.49 ea. or 6 for $20.94 (cheaper at Costco or Sam's)
Macey's Krusteaz Pancake Mix 10 lb. $5.99 ea. or 4 for $23.96 (similar to Costco or Sam's)
SM Kroger Pancake Syrup 24 oz. $1.49 ea. or 12 for $17.88 (ok price, cheaper in 64 oz.)
SM Betty Crocker Brownies or Pillsbury Cake Mix $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00
Macey's Betty Crocker Brownie Mix $.79 or 12 for $9.48 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Duncan Heins Brownie & Cake Mix $.88 ea. (Labor Day Sale)
HM Kodiak Flapjack & Waffle Mix 20 oz. $2.99 or 6 for $17.94
Macey's Western Family Seasoning Packets $.33 ea. or 3 for $1.00

CONDIMENTS
SM Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce $1.00 ea. (Labor Day Sale)
Macey's Western Family Olives $.89 or 24 for $21.36
Macey's Western Family Ketchup $.99 or 12 for $11.88

Please email me at preparedldsfamily (at) gmail (dot) come if you see any errors. Thanks!

Happy shopping and stocking!

August 28, 2016

September Emergency Preparedness Goals - Meat & Potatoes, Earthquake Prep

September is National Preparedness month in the United States so I focus on earthquake preparedness. My food storage focus in September is what I like to call meat and potatoes. I buy tuna in April, chicken in September, and beef in October for our food storage.


I keep canned meat in the house even though we typically eat fresh or frozen meat because it will be so useful during a disaster. And as long as we have rice and beans, we have a complete protein on hand. I keep about a 3-month supply of canned meats and I only buy meat my family will eat with our regular recipes. It's easy to through in a stew or casserole.

Shopping for meat throughout the year spreads the expense. In September, I buy canned chicken at Costco or Sam's Club for about $2.00 per can. You can also buy it at the Utah case lot sales.


My September Emergency Prep list suggests gathering chicken and a pork-type product for each person, but you can adjust the items and amounts on the list however you wish. I leave pork on the list because those of you with little kids might want Vienna sausages. I don't have any Spam eaters in my house, so I mostly buy chicken.

Canned chicken can be used in a variety of recipes such as chicken pizza, chicken stew, chicken salad sandwiches and chicken tortilla soup. It is something I use a few times a month, and I love the convenience. You know this semi-homemade food storage queen does not can her own chicken, but some of my amazing friends do with their canners. You can find some basic recipes on my Canned Chicken Recipes Pinterest Board.

Let's talk about potatoes. Those that have a short-term shelf-life typically come in boxes or cans, and the long-term flakes come in #10 sized cans. For short-term storage, I buy Honest Earth Creamy Mashed Potatoes (made by Idahoan Foods) from Costco for about $10.00. There are 14 pouches in the box with 8 servings each or .71 cents per meal or .09 cents a serving. It's great to use as a side dish for dinner when you don't have time to prepare fresh potatoes.

However there is nothing like homemade mashed potatoes. Instant potatoes DO NOT have a long shelf-life because they are made with a little butter or oil. Maybe a 3 - 6 month shelf life. Or you could store a bag of fresh potatoes, which are very inexpensive.

For long-term storage, I buy the instant potato flakes from the LDS Home Storage Center or online at store.lds.org. These LDS potatoes have a shelf-life of 30 years if stored in 75 degrees or less. Because butter is not an ingredient, they have a long shelf life. Each can is about $36.00. Here is a Pinterest Board with Potato Flakes Recipes.

For emergency preparedness, practice Drop! Cover! Hold on! with your family. Children learn quickly and repetition helps them know what to do wherever they are if the ground shakes. Learn how to practice Drop! Cover! Hold On! here.

My spiritual theme for this month is Be Hopeful. We are so blessed in this nation. As we continue to have hope and faith in God, we can accomplish miracles. Never give up hope when the world is falling apart.

"As we think about the future, we should be filled with faith and hope. Always remember that Jesus Christ—the Creator of the universe, the architect of our salvation, and the head of this Church—is in control. He will not permit His work to fail. He will be victorious over all darkness and evil. And He invites us all, members of His Church and others who are the honest in heart, to join in the battle for the souls of God’s children. Along with all else we will do in life, we must also dedicate and consecrate our heart, might, mind, and strength to His cause, walking in faith and working with conviction." ~ Elder M. Russell Ballard

Have hope and walk in faith.

Best wishes,
Valerie
BE HOPEFUL
“Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope;
for without faith there cannot be any hope.”

August 25, 2016

Fall 2016 Utah Case Lot Sales are Coming!

Fall case lot sales are coming to Utah! These grocery store sales give you a chance to stock up on food storage and emergency items for your family. Some stores let you shop as soon as they put items on the floor. Others make you wait until the sale date. And some let you buy individual items at the sales price. Amazing!



SALE DATES
  • SMITH'S: Wednesday, August 31
  • HARMONS: Thursday, September 1st
  • MACEYS: Monday, September 5th
  • WINEGAR'S: Monday, September 5th
  • REAMS: Tuesday, September 6th
  • LEE'S: Tuesday, September 20th
  • DICK'S: Monday, October 3rd
  • FRESH MARKET: Monday, October 3rd
  • BOWMANS: Wednesday, October 5th
Since I'm in the middle of a move and my daughter's wedding plans, I don't have time to compare prices. But print my 2014 case lot price comparison list. It may help you as you compare prices.

Here are some tips on how to shop at grocery case lot sales:
How to Shop at Utah Case Lot Sales

Preparedness is a blessing in my life, and it can be in yours!

Best wishes,
Valerie

August 9, 2016

August 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

Sorry I'm getting my August Emergency Prep Calendar out late, but we just listed our home for sale and my daughter got engaged all in the same week! We are staying in my beloved Farmington, but moving to a rambler nearby.

My August 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar has many of the food storage items I have on my August Emergency Prep List, but it also includes 72-hour kit and non-food items you may need in an emergency.

NOTE: I noticed an error on my August calendar and fixed it. August 15 should show BUY fruits, and August 22nd BUY Vegetables.

My focus in August is Fruits, Vegetables, Shelter and Bedding, but you can read more about that on my last post here.

Printable link below

You don't have to do everything on my emergency calendars or lists. These are only suggestions to get you thinking so you will come up with a plan for your own family. Circle what you think you can accomplish this month, add those items to your grocery list each week, and then go get the job done! There is always next year for modification. Remember, you will be doing more than most people can ever do.

I had a great time teaching members in the LDS Lehi 9th Ward last week. They patiently waited for me to arrive when I got caught in traffic on I-15. This ward is a great example of members who are actively working on emergency prep. They have several people already CERT trained, and they had a honey order list that night. Well done Lehi 9th Ward!

Good luck working on your emergency prep. You'll feel great when you do something for your family.

Best wishes,
Valerie

Here are some useful links:

August 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar.pdf printable
August Emergency Prep Goals
3-Month Suggested Food Storage Supply

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