Monday, March 14, 2011

Time to stock up on discount groceries

    Long time, no post!
    Can't help but thing about the importance of having some extra food around the house in case of emergencies. Mormons, for example, are taught as part of their faith to try and keep a year's supply of food on hand.
    From my reading, many Mormons end up wasting quite a bit of food by storing things like wheat. But it is possible, and easy, to store enough food to have a couple of month's supply, and in the process save money on groceries. The current events in Japan should illustrate the wisdom of at least having a little extra food around the house.
    When pasta is on sale for 50 cents a box, why not buy 50 boxes? It really doesn't go bad, and it makes for an economical meal. A couple of years ago I was able to buy about 40 or 50 jars of Ragu sauce for 88 cents a jar. You can buy 25 pounds of rice for $10 at Sam's Club, put it in baggies and have enough rice to last several years. Cooking oil, cream of mushroom soup, evaporated milk, condensed milk, canned tuna and chili often go on deep discount and have a long shelf life.
    Flour doesn't keep as well, but there's no reason not to have a extra bag or two of flour that you rotate. Same for a lot of other items. Every home should have at least a case of bottled water for emergencies and some plain bleach for water purification.
    Literally hundreds of thousands of people are lined up in Japan for a drink of water or something to eat. The country's distribution network is in a shambles. There is going to be real hardship for every citizen of that country. It probably won't happen here, but it could. If disaster strikes, you can be prepared.
    And if disaster doesn't strike, you will save on your grocery bill by stocking up on items when they are on sale.

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