By now you know me well enough that I am not a big fan of ‘cheap food’. but neither am a I a fan of expensive food!
Some people feel as though they have to get shelves and shelves of food that is quick and easy to fix (cheap foods with preservatives and artificial colors and a shelf life of a cock-roach). Other people think they need to get the ready-to-eat meals that are simply the ‘add water’ foods (not many of them are healthy either, but they are often quite pricey as well) and are willing to pay more for the convenience.
Here are some ideas for stretching your food dollars while buying real food storage items:
Use coupons – this can be a simple start to saving so you can buy more each time. There are FREE sites on the internet for finding out what your best deals are when your store runs a sale at the same time as a coupon can be used. One of my favorites is Southern Savers.
Buy one get one (free or half price) – use one store the other. This way you know you will eat what is in storage. Some of the ready-meals may not even be to your pallet’s liking.
Find the scratch & dent isles – usually found at the ends of some longer isles in the store. Some items are still in great shape. It is still a good idea to stay away from dented cans.
Cook from scratch (often stretch ingredients due to the variety of uses vs. a one box mix food). One item can be used multiple ways instead of spending the same amount on an item that can only be mixed, used and eaten once.
Look for an alternative that costs less. For example, buy the store brand. If it is the storage rotation system that costs over $200 that has you down, there is a cheaper (and in my opinion much more versatile) option here
There are many ways to stock up your food storage, long term workable pantry and not break the bank. In fact, if you end up in a slump, you’ll be happy you had even a little food storage on hand!
Best Blessings and enJOY the journey!
Joseph & Donna Miller
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