Food Storage: Stocking Up For The Holidays

Times are getting more difficult these days and making ends meet as well.   Our financial woes are spreading like a wild fire throughout the nation.  Everyone is feeling the burn and talking about how rising costs are eating into spending power of consumers.  Being a “smart shopper” is a great way to curb the messiness of this financial crunch.

Taking advantage of the holiday deals (or any deal) that are available is the best way to extend the budget to create extra money for purchasing goods for your short and long term food storage.  Comparative shopping at the large volume supermarkets typically has better deals than at the smaller stores.  Those extra dimes and nickles that are saved can add up to another item to buy.  For example, going to websites such as Walmart and Target and looking at their local ads can save on shopping time.  The Dollar Tree even has weekly specials, so check them out too.  The Dollar Tree website even has medicine and vitamins that can be bought in bulk.  These items are more valuable than gold if the SHTF!

The holiday food sales are here, so take advantage of them and buy as much as you can.  There are a few things to consider besides the price of the cans.  Take a few minutes to consider:

  • Expiration Dates
  • Find Items On Sale
  • “In Season” Vegetables Are Typically Cheaper
  • See If Larger Canned Food Items Have Better Deals

Some great supply goods that are on sale right now are:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Gravy Mixes
  • Cranberry
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Campbell Soup
  • Disposable Plates
  • Plastic Eating Utensils
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sugar
  • Flour

Frugal shopping helps in the long run and can stretch the smaller budgets out as well.  Get creative and spend some time looking around to find the best deals.  Stocking up on extra cans can be stored food for when budgets get really tight.  Buying the items on sale a little at a time will bulk up your short term food supply in no time at all.

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Originally published November 19th, 2009
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  • Wanda King

    I stocked up on Batter Blaster organic pancake mix that was on-sale at safeway. I can make them so quickly and there’s no clean up or waste. I also stocked up on cans of Starkist tuna and Amy’s Organic soups. Having these on hand saves me from going out to eat or ordering take out when there’s nothing in the fridge.

  • We grabbed  some pancake mix as well.  Even after Thanksgiving, I am still seeing the holiday foods on sale at Wal-Mart.  I was eyeing the canned pumpkin and sweet potatoes as they are loaded with lots of vitamins.  Dry soup mixes would be a good item to look for as well.  They don’t take up much space so you could put a few pouches in your 72 hour kit.

    Thanks for the post Wanda.


  • Great blog, keeping me from working on blogging.
    Good to see more people writing about this subject.

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