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post #21 of 360
Originally Posted by Little grey mare View Post
I get strange looks at Wal-Mart because their butter is $0.75-1.00 cheaper than the grocery store, so I'll buy 10lbs when I'm there. Same with milk, when it's on sale (it tends to go on sale in the quarts rather than bags) then I'll really stock up.
Just a few weeks ago I was at the store, and they were having a good sale on Tillamook butter. So, since I only had 6-8lbs left in the freezer (I use it to bake/cook with rather than processed margarine or whatever), I was putting a bunch in my cart. A nurse who's shopping sees me do this and comments "Geez, you sure must like butter." So I sweetly reply that "Yup, I use butter a lot in my baking/cooking, and freeze it all so it it's always on hand." Nurse says "it freezes?" "Yup. Doesn't change the texture or anything for me." I walk down to my next item on my list, glance back, and she's furtively sticking a few more packages of butter in her cart.
post #22 of 360
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And DH almost had an intervention on me because of the 20 lbs of frozen butter I have in the freezer!
post #23 of 360
Thread Starter 
Who freezes milk? Does it taste different etc?
post #24 of 360
Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
And DH almost had an intervention on me because of the 20 lbs of frozen butter I have in the freezer!
Yeah, I'm sure I've got more than that. Not like it goes bad or anything though, and it's only lower than $3/lb 2-4 times a year (I jump when it's $.98 or $1.78/lb).
But again, I very rarely use Crisco (well, for the occasional fried chicken or my grandma's secret recipe cookies) or even things like Smart Balance. Nothing beats an old fashioned pie crust made of flour, butter and water.
post #25 of 360
Man am I in!

My adult dd lives here and buys $150 of groceries a month to pitch in. Yesterday she went and of her own accord added another almost $100 to that. I now have enough soy sauce, worchstershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, white rice, brown rice, pinto beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, split peas, diced tomatoes, butter, cheese, green chilis, garlic, onion, and various spices to last for at least 4-5 months!

A friend is picking up our berry co-op order on Saturday. I'll have 14 lbs of organic frozen blueberries and 14 pounds of organic dark cherries and only was $78!

In our freezer I'm wondering how we're going to put wild pig in there because we still have probably 6 goats, shrimp (shrimp farm w/in walking distance!),8 squirrel, 6 guinea fowl,12 chickens, and several domestic rabbit w/more preggo rabbits right now! (all home butchered), oh, and some deer. WHERE WILL I PUT THE PIG? The recent ice storm will cause all the acorns to rot and now the pigs will go into the 7 traps!
post #26 of 360
I do it to save money in the long run and for preparedness. We buy our meat in bulk because the only way to get the quality of meat that we want is to buy a whole or half animal.

I want to never pay full price again. I buy in bulk when things are on sale so that I get to combine the sale discount with the bulk-purchase discount.

We buy meat buy the whole beef, whole lamb, whole chicken. We buy grain in 25 or 50 pound bags and grind our own flour. I buy butter by the 30 pound case. We buy beans and sugar in 25 pound bags. We have 2 chest freezers. Every inch of our city lot (well, not quite, but most of it) is in food production. You get the picture....

We save a lot! of money this way and are thereby able to afford higher quality food...organic, local, grass-fed, etc.
post #27 of 360
Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
DH loves when I read your posts out loud and always says he wishes we knew you IRL, he thinks we could raid your stash and you would not even notice!
Are you kidding me? I keep it all in an Excel spreadsheet.

Well, the rice you could raid... we go through that pretty slowly and I probably wouldn't notice.
post #28 of 360
can't talk now, but wanna join in. back later.
post #29 of 360
we freeze milk - buy it by the gallon and have frozen it for at least a month - takes overnight on the counter to thaw for morning, but tastes fine.
post #30 of 360
We buy our meat in bulk. We just (finally) got ourselves a chest freezer instead of using the "second kitchen"'s fridge/freezer. It started out as just something that was tastier, then as something that's local... but lately it feels mostly like a security blanket.

I've been wanting to stockpile beans, etc, but DH thinks I'm competely crazy. Although, I think he's more ok with it because we now have a pressure cooker so it doesn't take as long on the beans....
post #31 of 360
I do it to save money, reduce shopping trips, and be prepared.

We do a Costco run once a month, buy meat in bulk from local farmers, etc.

I haven't had time to read through responses yet, so I'm not sure what else has been said.
post #32 of 360
Forgot to mention that I don't buy a ton of refrigerated or frozen stuff. We lose power at least once a year for a few days. I am always afraid of doing a big shopping trip and then losing all that food. I don't have a generator and most of the time leaving the food outside is just not an option due to extreme weather or animals.
post #33 of 360
I am getting there. I just bought diapers and wipes on Amazon for insanely cheap compared to what I can find around here, and they were delivered to my door for free. I am definitely going to keep an eye on the sales over there. Too bad they don't accept EBT, or I would definitely buy groceries there too occasionally when they go on sale.

I definitely keep a stash of groceries on hand, and this past month when things got a little lean and my car was dead and getting to the store was super hard, I was so thankful. My pantry got down pretty low, but I was actually pretty impressed with how easy it was to eat out of what I had on hand. I am going to be working to get it built back up over the next few months now that I realize just how important it can be.

I love the idea of stocking up on the loss leaders at stores. I just went on a huge shopping trip and found some incredible deals, and I made sure to really stick to my list and only buy things on sale that we will actually use. My freezer is now stuffed, and my pantry is getting back on track. As an above poster said, there is definitely something very comforting about having a stocked pantry. It just makes you realize that having the guarantee of a good meal on the table is such a good thing to give you peace of mind in some small way.
post #34 of 360
Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
It is great knowing I can always make dinner from the pantry, and even if the oatmeal bin on the counter runs out, I have more. It brings me a sense of security.
This is me. I don't stockpile to anywhere near the extent that I'd like to, because we simply don't have the room. However, I'm the kind of person who feels tense if I open a can/box of something and know it's the last one. I like to have a reserve, yk? I seem to take after my mom in this - nobody else in the family does it. I also like the fact that I get a better price that way. I used to always hit the "case lot" sales at one of our local grocery stores. I don't so much, anymore, because dh goes nuts if I have 12 cans of tomatoes in the pantry.

I buy flour and rice in large quantities. I always check the price on any canned goods that we use, and buy a couple (or more) when there's a good bulk price. I do the same thing with toothpaste. Even if we don't need cereal (we eat too much of it, and I'm trying to get us back to oatmeal more often), I'll buy a box or two when the price is low.

We always have lots of food in the house, and I like it that way. It's relaxing.
post #35 of 360
Originally Posted by Tilia View Post
Forgot to mention that I don't buy a ton of refrigerated or frozen stuff. We lose power at least once a year for a few days. I am always afraid of doing a big shopping trip and then losing all that food. I don't have a generator and most of the time leaving the food outside is just not an option due to extreme weather or animals.
We bought a gasoline genny for only a few hundred bucks. It produces enough wattage to run our freezers, our small fridge, a light and a fan (when it's a warm summer storm that knocks out power or when it's a fan to blow over the woodburning stove to distribute the heat). You have to only run the generator for a few hours a day to keep your food safely frozen. Buying a generator is no different than buying insurance on your car or your health, but don't have to spend a lot to protect your investment. Just a thought.
post #36 of 360
We're stockpilers! We just started within the last year but I love it. (So does my hubby!)

We ordered a half a cow from a local grass-fed only farmer - yum! Plus it was a great price.
We order in-season fruit by the bushel from the Amish and can or freeze it. Summer is a busy time but so worth it.
We order bulk grains (Wheat, flour, oats, popcorn) and store them in 5 gallon buckets from a local bakery.
We have 1 gallon glass jars on the counter top for the flour, wheat, oats, etc. to be easier to access.
I also make most of our food from scratch as I don't like to use a lot of processed foods. Granola, crackers, bread, muffins, etc. all from our stockpile.
Shopping the loss leaders is something I'll likely get into soon. We need to buy another freezer with our tax return so I have more room to store food!

Love this tribe!
post #37 of 360
Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
You know who you are. You buy the 50 lb bag of flour and use it all. A quarter of a beef is too small, you buy the side (or more??). Your freezer is huge and so is your pantry area or storage area.
{Groan}...okay, this is me. I buy my flour and grains in the largest bags I can, and I do use it all, and keep one or more bags in reserve (25# for rice flour, 10# for tapioca flour, 50# for oatmeal, 50# popcorn, rice, etc). Yes, we buy sides of beef because the quarter is too small for us. We have an extra full-size freezer and full-size fridge (both standup) in the garage, with pantry shelves in the garage, cabinets in our basement, and stuff in the closets and under the bed.

I do it for the sale prices, for the convenience, and for food security.

I'm shopping really "light" this month as we are living from pantry, but some things we use are on terrific sale and I can't pass up the opportunity to stock the pantry cheaply, including corn thins (buying 12+ cases of them), the peanut butter we prefer (4 cases to go with the 1-1/2 under the bed), margarine (1 case), and marinated tofu - a staple for my picky eater - probably four cases. I will save about 40% on all the sale items combined, which is quite significant in the quantities we use. Our maple syrup supply isn't going to be quite enough to get through until sugaring time so I will have to bite the bullet and buy another gallon of that and plan better when we buy our year's supply this spring (we have cane sugar sensitivities and only use maple) . We will need a month's worth of eggs (about 16 dozen). So that is what my month's worth of grocery shopping will look like this month. I have everything else that we need.

We live 10 miles from town and the grocery store is hardly ever "convenient." We have winter snowstorms and mud season and sometimes the conditions on our road make it impassable, so I don't want to run out of important things. I just feel generally more secure when I know I'm not relying on outside factors to make it possible for us to eat for the near future. And with DH laid off and still waiting for that first unemployment check to come through, we are now eating exclusively from our (thankfully well-stocked) pantry, with the exception of eggs and a small amount of the cheapest fresh produce (apples, cabbage, carrots.)

It took me a few years to build up my pantry and my habits to be able to manage food this way, but I am so glad I worked at it and got over the learning curve, because I find it much easier and frugaller than the old way of shopping whenever we needed something. I think if you want to do this, you must re-assess your shopping habits AND your cooking/eating habits AND your food storage habits for it to work.

Good to see that I am not alone.
post #38 of 360
From my early 20's I always wanted to have a good stockpile. My mother only had some food in the house, we never really ate at home once highschool hit because no one was ever really home. Maybe a few meals a week, but not a nightly thing.

Then I met a new friend when I was 20-ish and her mom had shelves in the basement with backups of this and that. I thought it was awesome!
A series of bad moves on my side put off that dream and then I found the grocery game.

Loved it! Finally started to stockpile using coupons and getting stuff for free and then it rolled from there.

Now, I have 1+ year of toletries and all cleaning stuff (not counting hair conditioner which I discovered this past weekend is running shockingly low)

Food is random.... 30 pounds of butter, dry cereal, oats, rice, beans and lentils to last a long time.
Maybe 10 pounds of beef/ bison, 20 pounds of chicken and 3 months of soy products. We have some sort bought as well as home canned veggies and more than enough condiments to last a long, long, long time.

My biggest challenge.... I really have been craving salad that last year... we grow lettcues in the spring and fall, but find myself buying it a lot in the summer & winter. This does not help as we are not eating the beets and green beans I home canned in favor of salads.

I really need to get better about eating in season. I know it's a failing of mine, I guess that's half the battle.

We don't buy sides of beef, we would never eat that much red meat in 3-4 years, perhaps someday, but not now. Chicken same thing, we buy when it's on sale and stock the freezer. Someday we will be butching our own, but not in the city right now.

I like the security of knowing I could feed us for a good period of time, the meals might not be the most exciting after a few months, but we would survive. I love that if I want to skip the grocery store for a week or two, it's totally do-able. And then there is the cost savings.. yowzers, I hate paying full price when I am out of something needed to make a certain meal.
post #39 of 360
We've been out of ketchup for a few days, I haven't been able to make it to the store because of sickness/working husband/life, and it's been REALLY bugging me... because ketchup was on my list and on sale at the store I *needed* to go to Saturday and didn't get to.

So, last night I bought a case of organic ketchup on Amazon. : We will use it, the price was good, the reviews were good, the shipping was free...

Yep, just confirming I belong here.
post #40 of 360
is all food free shipping on amazon? Ive never bought food off amazon is it really that much cheaper than the grocery store?
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