- Start with meal planning. Plan a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners and write them all down. Make 2 columns, in the first column list the ingredient. The next column lists how much of that item is needed for each meal. (If 4 different meals contain rice, write down the amount for each meal and add them up)
- Now you know how much food you need to make these meals one time. For a 3 month supply, multiply the amount by 13. Now you have the amounts needed for 7 days worth of food (repeated) for 3 months.
- I personally have 5 weeks worth of meals planned out because a lot of dinners contain similar ingredients and can be switched around to seem different. Plan as many meals as you would like to have in rotation.
- Now that you have your list of ingredients you also have your shopping list. When the items on your list go on sale you need to buy your 3 month supply amount or as many as your budget allows. As time goes on and different sales happen, you will accumulate all the items on your list. (Sales rotate about every 3 months)
- Once your list is complete and all the items are in your home you need to USE them. The meals that you planned should be meals that you already enjoy. And since you are using your storage and replenishing the items when they go on sale, nothing is wasted.
- I took this one step further and keep enough food for a years worth of my meals. Once you get into the swing of things with your 3 month storage a years worth isn't so daunting.
September through December are the months to purchase food storage items. These months include the biggest holidays for baking and cooking. September is caselot month, and October-December are baking item sales galore. For example, canned pumpkin goes on sale in November and you won't find it on sale for the rest of the year. Come January your pantry will be ready for any situation and you will have the peace of mind that you have prepared and can handle a difficult situation.
September-Case Lot Sale Month:
Many grocery stores are having caselot sales, where food items can be purchased by the case, and this means savings for all of us. Some items are a great price while others are not. I only list the items that are the best deal. If these items are listed in your menu list now is the time to buy them. The next case lot sales aren't until April.
Smiths-Last Day is September 22nd!!
Kroger Flour 8 5lb bags (40lbs total) $12.00
Hunts pasta sauce 12 ct $8.28 (.69 each)
Kroger beans pinto, black, kidney, or chili 24 ct $11.99 (.50 each)
Blue Ribbon long grain rice 20lb $7.99
Bumble bee chunk light tuna 48ct $24.oo (.50 each)
Dinty Moore beef stew 24oz 12ct $20.28
Hormel chili with beans15oz, 12 ct $10.68
Kroger broth chicken, beef, veggie 24ct $11.99 (.50 each)
Kroger chicken noodle soup 24ct $11.99 (.50 each)
Kroger chicken and rice soup 24ct $13.99 ( .59 each)
Kroger creamed soups mushroom, chicken, celery,or broccoli 24ct $11.99 (.50 each)
Kroger everday living paper towel 12 rolls $7.20
Kroger fruit cocktail, peaches, or pears 24ct $16.32 (.68 each)
Kroger honey 16oz, 12ct $27.00
Kroger instant oatmeal 12ct $15.00
Kroger mandarin oranges 24ct $7.99
Kroger peanut butter 18oz, 12ct $12.00
Kroger tomatoes stewed or diced 24ct $11.99 (.50 each)
Kroger tomato paste 6oz, 24ct $7.99 .33 each
Kroger tomato sauce 8oz, 24ct $10.68
Kroger veg oil 48oz, 9ct $15.90
Kroger water 24ct $2.50
Libbys veggies corn, beans, peas $10.56, (.44 each) (Harmons are ..59 each)
Ramen 24ct $3.oo
Smiths evaporated milk 24ct $15.60
Smuckers grape jelly 32oz, 12ct $15.00
Spam 12oz, 12ct $22.59
Tillamook shredded cheese medium cheddar 5lb bag $8.99
Valley fresh chunk chicken 10oz, 12ct $21.48
Valley fresh white chicken 10oz, 12ct $22.56
Chicken Breast 40lb case (10lb bags ready to freeze) $1.39lb (You could buy with a neighbor is this amount is too much)
Maceys Grocery Store- Case Lot Sale 9/16-9/30 (I go to the Murray store on 13th east just past Ft. Union) I know it seems far away, but if you are out that way stop in. I love supporting Maceys because they are closed on Sunday's.
Western Family Flour, 25 lb. bag $6.99
Western Family Powdered or Brown Sugar 32 oz. $.99
Western Family Pasta 48 oz. $1.97
Western Family Granulated Sugar 25 lb. bag $9.99 (this is less than Costco)
Campbell's canned Spaghetti or Spaghettios - $.48
Western Family Ketchup 20-24 oz. $.79
Western Family 64 oz. Apple Juice or Apple Cider $.99
Western Family Cooking Oil 128 oz (8 lbs.) $4.99 (A little cheaper at smiths)
Western Family Tuna in Water $.50/can
Food Storage Items
Morning Moo Milk - 37 lb. bucket $63.99 (Cheaper at Costco $53ish)
Morning Moo Milk - 64 oz. #10 can $6.99*This is a GREAT deal on powdered milk. This is a better price than if you bought it directly from the manufacturer. And if you're wondering whether or not this milk is decent, when it's cold, I honestly cannot tell the difference. (I am used to drinking skim though, so factor that in to your assessment! In additon, it is a milk alternative and so lactose intolerant people can usually drink it and not get ill.)
Blue Chip Wheat 45 lb. bucket $15.99
Blue Chip Baker's Flour 40 lbs. $18.99
Hard White Wheat in 50lb bags $11.99 (they are sealed and have oxygen absorbers in them and don't need to be put in buckets, great deal and same price as the cannery)
(Dans grocery store is an Associated Food Store just like Maceys but Dans prices seem to run a little higher than Macey's. If you are in the Ft Union area I would stop in Maceys to get some of the items you need.)
25lbs Black beans $16.35
25lbs Nonfat Dry Milk $24.80
25lbs Hard White Wheat $5.90
25lbs Quick Oats $7.50
25lbs White Flour $10.00 (cheaper at Smiths until the 9/22- 40lbs for $12.00)
25lbs Rice $10.35 (cheaper at Smiths until 9/22- 20lbs for $7.99)