Couponing and Food Storage

02/27/2012 2:02 pm · 28 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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It dawned on me a few weeks ago, after getting comments about what we bought for our weeks purchases, that many people do not shop like us. One comment questioned what we actually cooked for our children. The week totals for our food shopping consisted of paper plates, bag of chicken, twizzlers, and a few other odds and ends like pickles and such. Poor Sarah became disheartened when she was told she didn’t feed her children proper food. And now looking back on our shopping trips on a per week basis, I can understand where the misconception about what we buy verses what we feed our children comes from. It is how we actually shop and use our food storage, not on a per week or even per month, it is based on a per year scenario. See many people we know shop for their groceries on either a per week basis, and some even shop daily for what they eat that day!

That’s fine if that is working for you. But in today’s economy and social habits, many people do not plan ahead. How many stock brokers do you know who actually buy and sell based on what the company is doing in the years to come, not many. Most decisions today are spur of the moment. We see a TV we like we buy it, based on want verses need. The economic trouble we are in nation wide is rooted in that very theory. We want it we get it, not thinking of if we can afford it, and not only that but can we afford it if something were to happen. The housing market crashed because a handful of problems came up and the credit we put out fell due to not being able to afford what we wanted verses what we actually could of got by with. If everyone would of saved, waited for the right time, not based on our wants but waited for the right time to get a good deal then we would not be where we are nationally today.

So how does this tie in with couponing you ask? Well we buy our food (about 95%) based on what we need for the year. Now we do not yet have a solid year supply of food, but we could live and survive on it for close to that. We still need to diversify our storage. More rice and flour, and a larger water supply. So those weekly updates on what we bought that week are only what we add to our existing food storage system. It is not what we plan on eating that week or even in most cases what we are going to consume that month even. When we first started this blog well over a year ago, there was a sale on soda, we still have much of that soda around. Last spring there was a sale on cereal, we just barely ran out of that cereal from back then, and not long ago there was another sale on cereal that we restocked with. Recently we bought a large 25 pound bag of sugar that we restocked our current containers of sugar with. That same week we bought 5 bags of graded cheese that we put in the freezer to use in future dishes. Most likely it will take 2-3 months to use up that cheese.

We plan ahead. We don’t need storage buckets right now, but when we were in Tillamook Oregon at the cheese factory we bought some. They have these cute little 3 gallon buckets with lids for only 50 cents each. We bought 10. They are a lot easier to handle, and fit in shelf’s much better then the large 5 gallon buckets

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Now as a deal comes along on rice, sugar, salt, oatmeal, or what ever else we can save on we will put in these buckets. This way if we can not make it to the store due to an illness or even financially we will have food stored for a day that we need it.

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28 comments
Kellie
Kellie

I was so happy to find this thread and website today. Last night I was upset when my best friend (who eats healthy and exciting meals at my house on a weekly basis and has known me for 6 years)said that she does not coupon because there are only coupons for junk food. She knows that my husband and I coupon on a weekly basis, yet she has never had a meal of junk food at our house. In fact, when she comes over she often wants junk food after dinner, but we don't have any.

Lindsay C
Lindsay C

I was not sure how to start stock piling without it cutting into out budget but your site is the most down to earth site for this and I eagerly await your menu ideas each week!!

JACQUIE
JACQUIE

i wouldnt worry about what others have to say. you know you feed your children well, much better than most americans that pull through the fast food places to grab their kids dinner to eat in the car. my religion teaches us to have a one year supply of food storage so that you are prepared for all cases that may arise in life. i use #10 cans to seal grains, sugar, salt etc. and it lasts for 30 years. i also use the large buckets and buy gama lids for them. i love your website, i check it daily. i think you have great ideas and make very healthy meals :)

Tonya
Tonya

Sarah: Sorry you were upset by someone thinking you didn't feed your kids well. If people would take the time to read they would know that you shop from your stockpile as well. Don't let the comments of an ignorant person get you down. Anyone that follows your site knows better. Love the idea of the buckets!!! Duh....why didn't I think of that?? Looks like that will be the next thing on my list to get. Food buckets!!! Thanks for the post Matt.

Jamie
Jamie

@Cathy B - try www.azurestandard.com and www.waltonfeed.com

Jamie
Jamie

Keep up the information on food storage! People need to be informed on this important concept. We are not even LDS, but if you were to see our food storage room, you'd think we were. :-) Everyone should stock up on wheat, sugar, salt, beans, pastas, oils, canned meats, vegetables, powdered milk, etc, etc, etc!!!!

Marilyn
Marilyn

I am so sorry about those negative people~ I have saved so much money by reading and following your blog. I have managed to get my garden seeds started and got a great deal this weekend at CVS because I follow you! Don't listen to them. You are both awesome parents!!!

kristina hill
kristina hill

I dont have the space to stockpile as much, just flour. I do however stockpile coupon items, and then plan a menu using those items.

Dee
Dee

Thanks for the tip! Another new way of thinking about groceries!

Rachel Sanchez
Rachel Sanchez

When I first started reading couponing blogs I was confused with the weekly shopping lists but soon figured out that people must be cooking from some kind of stash. I feel sorry for the new couponers that can't figure this out on their own and instead feel the need to attack others. You're doing a fantastic job. Keep up the great work with your family and this blog!

Lee P
Lee P

Yes how true. My oldest child just recently spent weeks in hospital in our town and then was rushed to the big children's hospital in Salt Lake City for surgery and time there. After living out of a hospital & hotel room and just grabbing food at the cafeteria there I was so glad to come home to my stock pile (which is small but could feed us for 6 months I think) and with the exception of milk and a few prescriptions I've hardly had to see a store. So nice because we're all exhausted in every way possible. I know I'm going to miss couponing when I move back home to Australia later this year that's for sure!

Sarah
Sarah

You are making my mouth water for Tillamook ice cream!

Amy
Amy

Sara, I love your website, and as a fellow stock-piler, I know your cupboards are full, and your children are well fed! This reminded me of something that happened to the mom who wrote the "Tightwad Gazette" years ago. Someone said she was abusing her children, because the person did not understand the process of how she stockplied. Please know that there are more of us here who support and understand, rather than those who don't. And for those that are new to this process, it is an enlightening journey; one that will change your life for the better in so many ways.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Thanks Thrifty Dad-great post! You obviously have the fatherly heart of a responsible provider and protector. More families should to have this vision of self responsiblity and sufficiency. All to often in today's culture there is no foward thinking. Instead many believe someone else (the government aka taxpayers) will "bail me out". My husband and I strive to have at least six months of food, but a year would be even better. Great thoughts thanks again.

Shelley
Shelley

grrr. Do they read your posts about your garden and your healthy recipes? Like you guys sit down to a meal of Twizzlers and pickles. Ha. Love your website and I check in a couple of times per day - for about 1.5 yrs. Oh - I'm making your Almond/Apricot chicken recipe for dinner tonight. Thanks for ALL you do!!

CathyB
CathyB

I like to stock larger quantities of staples like flour, sugar, rice, oats, ect. too. Right now I usually get them at Costco (or good sales at other stores) but have been wondering if there would be somewhere better to buy larger quantities. I have contemplated buying buckets of wheat and a grinder. I would love it if you ever run across any great "bulk" deals to know about it on your site. (I am in your local area). Thanks!

Valerie
Valerie

This is similar to the way past generations provided for their families, except our great-grandmothers didn't receive catalinas.:) Our nation desperately needs to shop the way you do. I also use these methods and it saves so much time, money, is convenient, less stressful and provides a little insurance for the future. Please take those negative comments as a sign of the many people who still need to be instructed in the areas of shopping and importance food storage.

nessita
nessita

any idea how to keep moths out of the kitchen?? I stored my rice-beans-cereal in plastic containers and always get those nasty white larves(moths)

Teresa W
Teresa W

Sara you are amazing and I just want to know if you could put a lesson on u-tube to show me how you do it with four children lol if any one was to read this blog on a daily, like me, they would see how you are a great mom and wife that cooks great for her fam. Just look at little Maveric he is gonna bust if he eats anymore the cute little buttercup. I love your site and I am a follower in every way I also use you on my blog and lead every one to you your great and God loves ya!! :)

Megan
Megan

reading your blog every day, I never think you feed your children proper food. I think you feed your children good and healthy food which not many of us can do. I wish that I have more time and more room to stock up when it comes to a good deal. I just calculate how much we spend for food each month and it is a lot more than I thought even though there are only 3 people in my house. You know what is best for you family. They (who have negative comments) do not live in your family and who cares about what they think?

valerie
valerie

Dont let the few with loud opinions discourage you. From what I see on your blog, you are a wonderful mom, wife and planner! You are an encouragement to us and I am sorry not everyone is as encouraging in return. Keep up the good work. We appreciate you!

Angelene
Angelene

Wow I wish that I knew about those buckets. We were at Tillamook last year and man these would have been awesome to have. I know what I am getting when I go next time. Oh I am excited for them to come. Thank you for letting us all know about it. I love all that you do.

Ang
Ang

I love your savings ideas. Please keep them coming! I don't understand the mean comments. I'm guessing that is just coming from ignorance. I saved so much money last week on a box top sale at our grocery store! I was ecstatic! I followed your advice and started shopping at grocery stores other than Wal-mart for the deals and the customer service. I'm loving that!

Sara Ross
Sara Ross

I hope you take the negative comments with a grain of salt because what you are doing for so many people is amazing! You are helping people save so much money on groceries and household items. I can't express my appreciation enough for all the hard work that you do. I can honestly say that I wouldn't be able to make ends meet without your help each month. The things I have learned from you I have been able to share with others.... paying it forward. So thank you!

kirsten
kirsten

I'm sorry that someone said that you don't feed your children properly. Obviously the person who said it doesn't read Sarah's posts very well or they would have seen that Sarah clearly explains that she does not shop like most people do and that although one week she may buy twizzlers and cereal that she also feeds her family with meats from her freezer and veggies from her Garden! I am facinated by the whole subject of stockpiling and honestly i'd be doing it myself if i could just get my husband on board with the idea :) You guys ahve a beautiful family ! Sarah don't get disheartened by what others say - your doing a great job !!!

Christine
Christine

I love reading your recipes, as I'm not a very creative cook. Maybe posting more of those, showing what you're actually making for dinner would help eliminate those silly comments. Otherwise, just know you're doing right by your family and ignore them!

Megan
Megan

I do not understand why people would say anything about what you feed your family! If they would look at the recipes you post it's obvious that you feed your family nutrional meals. I think the way you shop is great and I am slowly learning how to do it myself from reading your blog, my husband always is shocked when I have a cart full of things but the food bill is still lower than what it used to be! Your blog has saved us so much money during a difficult financial time for us. Thank you!

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Nessita, once you get them it is hard to get rid of them. I have been lucky so far and have not had trouble with them. I know my mom use to put a bay leaf in the flour to repel them...not sure if it worked but that is what we did

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