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post #41 of 360
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Originally Posted by I~love~pie View Post
is all food free shipping on amazon? Ive never bought food off amazon is it really that much cheaper than the grocery store?
All shipping is free on Amazon if your total is over $25.

As for cheaper vs store, varies on what one buys and what it costs at the store. However, they do sales on a handful of things each month, so for some people, yes it can be cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/grocery-breakf...1MCV4DAEEHN9V0

You can also sign up to get email alerts of what is going on sale... not certain where it is again, but look about and you'll find the sign up link.
post #42 of 360
nak so I'll be back, but I so belong to this tribe! I've been out of the game for a while because we were moving out of state and we didn't want to have to move a huge stockpile. But I'm ready to start again now! We haven't paid for dishwasher detergent in a few years, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to use all of the wipes I have collected for free. I have tons. I hate paying for things I know I can get for free or next to nothing!
post #43 of 360
Ooh, add me! Although I'm finding it more difficult to do in the winter. I don't want to take the kids out in the cold and I dislike driving in the dark so I don't like to go out when DH is home.

I do it to save money and because with 6 of us, we need plenty of food.
post #44 of 360
Oh, I stockpile. I do it without even thinking - ketchup is on sale? Buy enough to get to the next sale, or at least 2 or 3, whatever the budget allows. I bought six pounds of butter last week. We are getting a separate freezer soon and I can't wait. We haven't done sides of beef or anything but the possibility is there once we get the freezer.

My downfall is that I wind up with a bunch of free or cheap whatever and then I forget to keep an eye out for the next sale, so we get close or do run out and I get flustered.
post #45 of 360
Anyone know if there are coupons for organic stuff? We're trying to stick with local/organic but it's really hard to spend the $$ for a stockpile of organic dry goods. We do buy local beef in bulk, but it's actually cheaper in the long run. I buy bulk spices and such from frontier...
post #46 of 360
Hi Amy- I live near you (we met via the local co op group once), and can I ask where you get your organic produce from? We did Timber Creek for a while and gave up with deliveries, but I'm thinking I might go back to save time b/c I also don't enjoy driving around to different stores for the best deal or organic whatever. I am also looking for places to get raw milk and organic beef, but might settle for the nonhomogenized milk that I know some produce deliveries offer.

Where do you get the flour in such big bags, and what do you store it in? I really need to start making bread more. : Do you need to worry about it getting buggy?

I make a lot from scratch and am never comfy with a near-empty pantry, but am not a big big bulk buyer, and I'd like to move in that direction without turning it into a hobby or spending too much doing it wrong, lol. My dh really wants to get an extra freezer for the basement. I suppose I don't mind, as long as there is a lock on it. I'm assuming costco is the best place to shop for that- but I'm not sure what size we should get.

reading and taking notes!

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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
We did a 1/4 of meat in 2008 and blew thru it by June. So did a side this year and picked it up this past weekend. Hanging it was about 381 lbs. We are going to see how we do this year and maybe do the side later in 2010 (like march) or do a quarter later. We have to put in for it by summer though. IF all else fails, I will do a side and have a few people go in on it.

I have a huge huge freezer which of course this week is filled to the rim! As a rule, I like to have at least 1 month worth of meals on hand and I supplment by going to the grocery for fresh ingredients but then I started my organic delivery about a year ago. They do fruit and veggies and I also added hormone free milk and eggs. Again, I am not into shopping as a sport and in the end it was cheaper to have things delivered than pay $4 a gallon for gas last year to run around.

I buy a 50lb bag of flour and with our weekly pizza making plus we make about 1-3 loaves of bread a week, we go thru it.

We just started making our own granola and are getting better at it and tweaking it! We all eat it daily so it makes sense. Someone mentioned the amazon and I watch sales there and have things shipped for free as well. I will get about 100 fruit leathers and they will last months.
post #47 of 360
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
Anyone know if there are coupons for organic stuff? We're trying to stick with local/organic but it's really hard to spend the $$ for a stockpile of organic dry goods. We do buy local beef in bulk, but it's actually cheaper in the long run. I buy bulk spices and such from frontier...
YES! An example, Kashi organics has coupons galore and this upcoming week I am matching them with the 50% sale at Publix. I order coupons from ebay. A stack of 20 coupons for 1/2 any Kashi product was I think 1.50. Paired with the sale, I will get some good deals and get enough to last until the next sale. Also, I have gotten about a year's worth of organic Muir Glen tomato paste and sauce using $1 off coupons. I got that free using coupons! So, just look around for organics coupons- they are available and you can get some great deals. I do frontier too, but I have been finding that I can get things even cheaper than bulk pricing by matching coupons to sales.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
post #48 of 360
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
We always have lots of food in the house, and I like it that way. It's relaxing.
Absolutely. In the past, we have had some pretty lean times. I think having gone through that, keeping the pantry full is def. a priority. Everyone (dp) is just more pleasant with food in their bellies
post #49 of 360
I live in the country, about 15 minutes from town. There are only 2 grocery stores (IGA and Wmart). Not really thrilled w/either one, but we have to make due. Hubby works near the metroplex, though, and if I really need him to, he will stop somewhere for me. BUT, since watching the news about Amazon, I really started looking there and am pleased w/the selection! We buy cases of snap pea crisps, fruit leather, and various spices I can't find in town. I also bought spring roll wrappers, fish sauce (can you believe I can't even get that in town??), tamarind paste, nori, sushi rice, quinoa, etc. from Amazon. Loving having it delivered for free! There are just so many thing we eat that apparently no one else near us eats, lol. Really, not even kale is regularly available, and when it is, it's limp. Yuck. Hoping our garden is better this year so I can put more by from there.

We do it for convenience, price, and security.

Our next goal is to get our goat fencing up so we can have our own milk goats and breed w/meat goats so we can eat the offspring. Right now we buy our goats from down the road (or help my mom butcher in another state and bring home lots for free).

We have a Costco membership, but wondering now whether we really need it. We only go a couple of times a year now that I've discovered Amazon.
post #50 of 360
wow I never thought about buying in bulk through amazon. Is it really always free shipping? Is it cheaper in bulk too? I've tried to buy fish oil in a two pack and the shipping was like $12 so I passed.

It's so different depending on location too I think! I have so many stores around, but comparing prices and getting to them can still be difficult.
post #51 of 360
Anyone know if there are coupons for organic stuff? >>>

Yes Yes Yes. Sign up for Mambo Sprouts. I get a big booklet ever few months filled with coupons. http://www.mambosprouts.com/
I also will do

1. fill out surveys, I do mainly for Yogi , when I do the surveys I get coupons for free tea, or cereal or what ever. Usually they send me 2 free "product" coupons.
3. I will email companies and ask them for coupons because I am interested in there product. Generally I will say " I noticed such and such in the store. I would like to try this . May I recieve a few coupons"
Ive always got coupons the only time I havent is for Taste of the Wild dog food. they said they do not send out coupons. They said they would send me samples. What I got was a box of every food item they make. Fed my 2 dogs for almost a week LOL
post #52 of 360
Along the lines of stocking what we eat, does anyone else stock in an aspirational way? For example, I find that if I stock up on ice cream or some other processed "treat," it gets eaten WAY faster than we would normally eat it. So, for us, I no longer stockpile treats.

However, this same tendancy can also be used to improve our diet. For example, I do stockpile cheap/free frozen veggies and fruits. And, I find that when we have a freezer full, we eat them faster than if we don't.

Anyone else do this?
post #53 of 360
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
Along the lines of stocking what we eat, does anyone else stock in an aspirational way? For example, I find that if I stock up on ice cream or some other processed "treat," it gets eaten WAY faster than we would normally eat it. So, for us, I no longer stockpile treats.

However, this same tendancy can also be used to improve our diet. For example, I do stockpile cheap/free frozen veggies and fruits. And, I find that when we have a freezer full, we eat them faster than if we don't.

Anyone else do this?
Yes to all. I do not stockpile treats, or if I do, they are things like snap pea crisps, and then I only put out, say, 2 bags at a time and then I hide the rest, lol. I have to hide them from my dh.

And yes, the more veggies we have stockpiled, the more we eat of them. Same w/meat, and 98% of our meat is all home butchered, so good and healthy!
post #54 of 360
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Originally Posted by Hazelnut View Post
wow I never thought about buying in bulk through amazon. Is it really always free shipping? Is it cheaper in bulk too? I've tried to buy fish oil in a two pack and the shipping was like $12 so I passed.

It's so different depending on location too I think! I have so many stores around, but comparing prices and getting to them can still be difficult.
You just have to know your prices. Sometimes I'll buy a case of something and understand that we really have to be committed to using it in some way if it's a new item I'm not sure we'll like. Worse case scenario w/us, though, is that the chickens will eat it and then it comes back to us in the way of eggs, lol.
post #55 of 360
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
Along the lines of stocking what we eat, does anyone else stock in an aspirational way? For example, I find that if I stock up on ice cream or some other processed "treat," it gets eaten WAY faster than we would normally eat it. So, for us, I no longer stockpile treats.

However, this same tendancy can also be used to improve our diet. For example, I do stockpile cheap/free frozen veggies and fruits. And, I find that when we have a freezer full, we eat them faster than if we don't.

Anyone else do this?
For us, stocking up broke my dh of the habit of binging on treats.

In his family of origin, if his mom bought a treat, she bought one, and that was it until the next shopping trip (once a week or so). His dad and he would literally fight over the larger portion of the treat, and if you didn't eat it that night, it was gone. Early in our marriage, ice cream went on sale, and I bought 4 or 5 containers. He made himeself sick eating so much ice cream so quickly, until I was all, "um, we're adults, and if we run out, I'll get you more. Chill out." Now, he can handle large amounts in the house without gorging. LOL
post #56 of 360
Okay, I do feel that I am a *bit* of an Amazon expert, so for those of you who aren't:

1) Most orders over $25 ship for free -- look for the bold words, something like "qualifies for FREE super saver shipping. They say that these things will take longer to ship, but in my experience things get here pretty quickly, most of the time.

This is not just groceries -- books, toys, sheets, thousands of things on Amazon. Buy some underwear and some popcorn -- ship em together, for free. Whatever. As long as they both qualify for the Free Super Saver Shipping, and total over $25.

2) I get substantially better prices by using the "Subscribe & Save" option whenever it is offered. Don't let that word "subscribe" scare you away! You click the box for it to be delivered every 1, 2, 3, or 6 months -- and you automatically get free shipping and an extra 15% off. (There is no minimum order for subscribe & save, shipping is always free. Period.) And edited to say: You can cancel these orders at any. time. No strings.

Is it that much cheaper than the grocery store? Well, it depends. I never pay MORE than I would pay at the store. If I pay the exact same amount as I would pay at the store, but it is delivered to my doorstep? Done. And yes, many times it is cheaper. Maybe only by a few cents per ounce, but I believe every single penny counts. I do save a lot vs. what I would pay for health food store items, such as organic ketchup. Especially since we do not have a good store here like Whole Foods where I can go on a regular basis. I am lucky to get to one of those kind of stores, EVER, anymore.

3) I do not pay tax on Amazon. This may vary by state, I'm not sure. But *for me* that is an automatic savings of 7% tax that I do take into account. (For non-food items. We don't pay tax on food here anyway.)

4) They do have new grocery specials each month, and they also will offer you special prices on things, based on your browsing history. For example, at Christmastime I got a Fisher Price toy that was $29.99 at ALL of my stores here, for $6.47! It was a one-time, one-day deal... but man, it was a sweet one.
post #57 of 360
I think there was recently a big lawsuit in NY because the state figured out a way to charge tax on amazon. I believe. I think the state won, but not sure. (I do live in NY, but usually my husband maks our amazon orders)
post #58 of 360
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
I think there was recently a big lawsuit in NY because the state figured out a way to charge tax on amazon. I believe. I think the state won, but not sure. (I do live in NY, but usually my husband maks our amazon orders)
Okay, I knew there was something going on with New York paying sales tax on Amazon. Maybe it's only New York then?
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post #60 of 360
I kind of stockpile. No year's worth of toothpaste though, I haven't gotten that far!

We raise our own beef and pork so our freezers are always stocked with that (to dh's disappointment. He hasn't hunted in years because we just have no room!) Organic chicken went on sale a few weeks ago and mil bought several cases, so we have enough chicken now to last us quite awhile. I have a good sized garden and between that and some friends' who garden as well, my freezer stayed pretty well stocked this winter.

I do shop once a week to hit the sales and then stock up on what we eat. I usually only get enough to get us through to the next sale. I meal plan from whats in my cupboards and freezers.
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