Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Guest Post: J.S. from Nampa

From Marie: Reason I don't know how many that I really, really, really should check my e-mail more often--thanks to J.S. from Nampa, who wrote me an e-mail and graciously agreed to let me use it as this post:

I am not an LDS member but I also believe in being prepared. I am on a fixed income and make just enough not to qualify for any “assistance” from the government. I have 1 years worth of food already and did it in less than 6 months on a $100.00 a month budget for food. Now I’m working on not only surviving but thriving. Some things that worked for me:

Use the internet prior to shopping. Most stores have their sales flyers up on their websites every week. Fred Meyers on Sundays, Paul’s and Albertsons on Wed. Cash & Carry’s ads are once a month for dry good goods/freezer items.

Rethink priorities

100 pounds of rice will feed 1 adult for a year. You can get that at Cash and carry in Sep 09 for $35.00. Same for Beans but pintos are running about $25.00 for 50 pounds at Cash and carry. A person needs less than a pound a week of meat to be healthy. Get your basics 1st then add too them. Shop the ethnic food Isles in stores. In Paul’s I have found beans and rice up to 25% cheaper in the “Hispanic” Isles compared to the regular ones, because you buy in bulk.

Spices and more spices, Rice is so flexible you can make Indian Curries, Thai, Mexican, South American, Creole or Cajun meals just by using different spices.

Flour is critical for me since I bake all my own breads. It will store for 2 years in proper containers. I bought flour 1st and now working towards whole grains. I like Masa, better than corn meal. My body handles in better, it’s cheap and all you add is water.

My Basic List for Prep Start

50# bag of rice $17.00
50# bag of Pinto’s $25.00
50 # White Flour $15.00
10# bag Sugar $5.00 More if you have a sweet tooth/baking coffee,teas or make your own candies
Powder milk Lg Box $18.00
Honey, Real 5# $12-17.00 Great multi-tasker
Yeast 1# $2-5.00 Starter for sourdoughs and gets you going for baking breads, donuts and more.
Salt 4# $5.00 Kosher,iodized, and Pickling Salt

Now for about $100.00 you have a good start. No, it’s not perfect but it will give you a basis to build on without breaking the bank.

Thanks again to J.S. for the great info!

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's a National Day to Remember

No matter where you were in America on September 11, 2001, your hearts were with the people who died that day.
With those who were injured that day.
With those who were risking their lives that day.
With those who were trapped that day.
With those who were awaiting news about their loved ones that day.
With those who gave and heeded the cry, "let's roll", and in so doing spared the lives of others as their plane went down.
With our leaders, who had to deal with an attack on our country.
With every American who hung a flag and prayed for our country.

To those mentioned above, as well as those who are fighting and have fought for our country, and their families, our hearts are still with you, no matter where we are.

We will never forget.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Good only today....but it's really good

The part that is only good today are the deals I mentioned in the previous post that end today at Albertson's. You may want to head over to the The Grocery Girls to see a good example of what you can walk away with if you have coupons on top of the good deals. Also, thanks to Brenda from that site, who left detailed comments on my last post about info that will be particularly helpful if you live in the Meridian area, and other areas that these deals are probably in effect. That's right....

The part that is good every day is that The Grocery Girls is an Idaho blog, and is now under the Idaho blogs section on the sidebar.

I know, I just gave a lot of free advertising to Albertson's this week, but hey, if they're going to have good deals on ready-to-eat with far-in-the-future expiration date foods, among other necessities, I think they deserve it. But if you want to take advantage of these particular deals, they end tonight, so time is of the essence.....