- September, 16 2015
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Fall is the time to stock emergency food.
There are two good reasons for why the time is now. One, we’re heading into storm season. Here in California, we’re supposed to have a big flood season, and they tell us we’re overdue for an earthquake! Two, throughout fall and the coming holidays is the perfect time to get some of the lowest deals of the year on pantry items.
Here are some guidelines to save the most money, and keep your stock up to date.
- Don’t pay a fortune for specialty emergency food – You can rotate regular groceries, and I’ll explain more about that in the end.
- Buy a little each week – You don’t have to go out and buy a year’s worth of emergency food. Just do a little each week to make it manageable for your budget.
- Shop only good sales – A good sale is half off. You’ll find plenty of those
- Buy the limit – Most of the best sales specify a limit.
- Use coupons – It’s even better when you add a coupon to that sale, and some things are even free. But before you grab your scissors, be aware that there are more and more digital coupons to download to your club card. There is also an increase in online printable coupons, and you should also get your Sunday paper for even more manufacturer coupons.
- Shop drugstores – Drugstores feature 2-5 great pantry item grocery deals each week. Most are perfect for emergency food and emergency preparedness. Drugstore grocery deals usually also go along with a store coupon found in the circular as you walk in the door. Most of these have a limit, like the $1.99 canned salmon I got last week, which was a limit of 3.
- Ask for extra discounts – I’m known as a haggler, and I always believe in asking for a discount. At the drugstore, I asked about the limit of three on the canned salmon, and the clerk let me use two coupons to get six at that price. It never hurts to ask.
- Be careful at Club stores – Lots of folks think club stores for emergency food and emergency preparedness, but you could really overpay. Store brand canned food on sale at supermarkets is often times much less than the club stores’ regular prices. National brands on sale with coupons at supermarkets, often beats club stores on most center store pantry items, as well as other foods.
- Rotate your stock – Mark the tiny expiration date big on all pantry items with a permanent marker. Make a calendar note a few months before to either eat or donate those foods before they expire.
It’s simple! Stock some water, dried beans, a hand operated can opener and a few other supplies, and you’re ready!
Cut food costs by $523 a month
As CEO of www.TheGroceryGame.com Teri Gault is the foremost lifestyle savings expert. TheGroceryGame.com, birthed out of a home based business began franchising across the US within three years. Over the past decade, Teri has been featured and contributed to Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, Inside Edition, Time, Redbook, Wall Street Journal, and countless national and local channels. Teri has authored two books, “Shop Smart, Save More”, written with Sheryl Berk and published by Harper Collins. “The Grace of Saving”, Teri’s latest book, is the inspiring story of America’s smartest shopper, and her rise from an everyday mom, to one of the country’s leading savings experts. TheGroceryGame.com serves all 50 states and saves an average of $523 a month for a family of four. In 2014, Teri began developing smart consumer apps that would reflect her philosophy of lifestyle savings. Her first app for IOS and Android can found at www.SampleUP.com.
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