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post #101 of 360
If you love Muir Glen tomatoes, look for the $.75 off and $1 off 1 coupons that come out a couple of times a year. Last fall I bought 60 coupons, waited for a sale, and got cans and cans of crushed tomatoes, paste, etc for free. Not kidding. Free. Well, free after the $4 in coupons.
post #102 of 360
Sorry, Tilia. I cross posted with you.
post #103 of 360
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
If you love Muir Glen tomatoes, look for the $.75 off and $1 off 1 coupons that come out a couple of times a year. Last fall I bought 60 coupons, waited for a sale, and got cans and cans of crushed tomatoes, paste, etc for free. Not kidding. Free. Well, free after the $4 in coupons.

Cripes!!!! That is amazing. I have been seeing the $1.00 coupons lately. I really need to get more creative with couponing.
post #104 of 360
Okay, I can totally see this coupon thing getting out of hand. I just printed off 15 copies of $1 off Glen Muir tomatoes and bought 22 more on eBay for $2.50.

Now all I need to do is wait for a sale to come around and then go shopping! I will be so psyched if this works.

Thanks for the advice!
post #105 of 360
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Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
Okay, I can totally see this coupon thing getting out of hand. I just printed off 15 copies of $1 off Glen Muir tomatoes and bought 22 more on eBay for $2.50.

Now all I need to do is wait for a sale to come around and then go shopping! I will be so psyched if this works.

Thanks for the advice!
My pleasure. :
post #106 of 360
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Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
Okay, I can totally see this coupon thing getting out of hand. I just printed off 15 copies of $1 off Glen Muir tomatoes and bought 22 more on eBay for $2.50.

Now all I need to do is wait for a sale to come around and then go shopping! I will be so psyched if this works.

Thanks for the advice!
Where did you find the 15 copies of the $1 coupon?
post #107 of 360
1. What have been your biggest challenges/downfalls/failures turned successes with stockpiling and bulk buying?
I am very limited by space. Four of us in 1,100 sq feet, and this summer we had my MIL living here, too. But, I think of it as a challenge. See #2.

Otherwise, I am challenged by rotating out my freezer portion of my stockpile. I do ok with the shelf stable stuff (oats, rice, sugar, pasta, etc). Our extra freezer is outside, and when it is cold I get lazy about going out there to store the extras and to use the extras. It is also hard to access the outside freezer and hasn't been completely reorganized in about 6 months. It is due.

2. Where do you keep your stash?
Small kitchen pantry, on two shelves in the hall closet, and in DD's closet. Her closet is great bc it has two outside walls on the east side. It is fairly cool year round.

3. Do you have a goal?
Originally, I had a price goal of being able to afford the best quality food for our family within our tiny budget. I still aim for that, although with DH's job increasingly tenuous, I am now stocking more out of fear and security. I still am not sure how many months/weeks worth of food we have. I know we have a year's worth of some things and less than a few weeks worth of others. Regardless, we could eat something for at least a 4-6 months.

I have a year's worth of HBA, which is fairly easy considering it is only dish soap, toothpaste, baking soda, borax, vinegar and a natural body wash.
post #108 of 360
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Originally Posted by LizzyQ View Post
Where did you find the 15 copies of the $1 coupon?
This site let me print off 9:

http://www.muirglen.com/coupon/defau..._Coupon_200811

And this site let me print off 6, though I had to sign up:

http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/coupons/
post #109 of 360
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Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
This site let me print off 9:

http://www.muirglen.com/coupon/defau..._Coupon_200811

And this site let me print off 6, though I had to sign up:

http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/coupons/
Oh rats! Sorry, some of the pages I printed are not actual coupons. Looks like I have a total of 8, but I am not sure which coupons came from which sites. Sorry about the misinformation.
post #110 of 360
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
Sorry, Tilia. I cross posted with you.
Funny!

Yeah, I think I have about 20 cans of fire roasted and regular diced tomatoes left. I was buying some every time I went to the store last fall. The fire roasted ones are really good in veggie chili!
post #111 of 360
oh man, i am so in this tribe!

i stockpile not so much because i hate shopping, but because i like it.
But i don't have a lot in the budget for it, and i hate to spend it and not get much for it. I also LOVE to cook! Growing my own and preserving it is like my ultimate bulk food bliss though!:
Something about those beautiful mason jars full of veggies and pickles all lined up in the shed looking so shiny and clean and pretty just makes me tickled.
post #112 of 360
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
1. What have been your biggest challenges/downfalls/failures turned successes with stockpiling and bulk buying?
I am very limited by space. Four of us in 1,100 sq feet, and this summer we had my MIL living here, too. But, I think of it as a challenge. See #2.

Otherwise, I am challenged by rotating out my freezer portion of my stockpile. I do ok with the shelf stable stuff (oats, rice, sugar, pasta, etc). Our extra freezer is outside, and when it is cold I get lazy about going out there to store the extras and to use the extras. It is also hard to access the outside freezer and hasn't been completely reorganized in about 6 months. It is due.

2. Where do you keep your stash?
Small kitchen pantry, on two shelves in the hall closet, and in DD's closet. Her closet is great bc it has two outside walls on the east side. It is fairly cool year round.

3. Do you have a goal?
Originally, I had a price goal of being able to afford the best quality food for our family within our tiny budget. I still aim for that, although with DH's job increasingly tenuous, I am now stocking more out of fear and security. I still am not sure how many months/weeks worth of food we have. I know we have a year's worth of some things and less than a few weeks worth of others. Regardless, we could eat something for at least a 4-6 months.

I have a year's worth of HBA, which is fairly easy considering it is only dish soap, toothpaste, baking soda, borax, vinegar and a natural body wash.
Do you find that vinegar lasts a while in your stockpile? I use about 1 gallon jug per month, but I never thought about buying more than that. Do you think it stays "fresh"?

Yeah, a year supply of HBA is easy for me too, it is not a big variety of products.
post #113 of 360
Is anyone willing to post a list of what they stock their pantry with? Like what are the staples you keep on hand? And then, what things additional are you stockpiling?

Make sense?
post #114 of 360
What does HBA mean? :
post #115 of 360
Oh, health and beauty aids.
post #116 of 360
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Originally Posted by Tilia View Post
Oh, health and beauty aids.
Oh Thanks
post #117 of 360
I haven't had any problem with vinegar going bad. Anyone else?
post #118 of 360
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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post
Is anyone willing to post a list of what they stock their pantry with? Like what are the staples you keep on hand? And then, what things additional are you stockpiling?

Make sense?
dry goods:
beans
rice
sugar
oatmeal
flour
pasta
spices

canned:
tomatoes
tomato sauce
beans
soups
condiments (ketchup, mustard)

Umm.. I am sure others have a much bigger list
post #119 of 360
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Originally Posted by LizzyQ View Post
dry goods:
beans
rice
sugar
oatmeal
flour
pasta
spices

canned:
tomatoes
tomato sauce
beans
soups
condiments (ketchup, mustard)

Umm.. I am sure others have a much bigger list
Thanks! That gets me started :
post #120 of 360
Here's my list-

Dry goods:
wheat berries
oatmeal
AP flour
popcorn
pasta

Not in large quantities but never run out:
rice
honey
sugar
salt
most spices
coconut oil
WW Flour
TP and PT

Canned:
Tomatos
Tuna
Canned soups (quick dinners more than prep for disaster-type food)

Preserved from garden or local purchases:
strawberries (frozen and made into jam)
pickles
pickled jalapenos
salsa
tomatos
applesauce
sliced pears
sliced peaches

Root Cellar:
potatos
(next year will get Idared Apples, which will keep through the year in a root cellar)

Frozen:
half a side of beef
chicken
veggies
juice concentrate

Working on:
HBA
Items for making our household cleaners/detergent
water
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