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  • How To Stockpile Meat & Produce

    Stockpiling Meat & Produce.

    Stockpile Meat and Produce

    Stockpiling is a great way to save money on your grocery bills, but there are some items that are more difficult to stockpile then others – like meat and produce.

    It’s very rare that you will come across a coupon for fresh meat or produce, so stockpiling those items seems like an expensive task – but rest assured, it is possible to stockpile these items without paying an arm and a leg.

    Below I have outlined the best ways to stockpile meat & produce.

    Invest in a chest freezer

    Just like you probably don’t have enough room to store your grocery stockpile in your kitchen cabinets, you likely will not be able to store your meat & produce stockpile in the little freezer above or below your refrigerator. That’s why a chest freezer is essential.

    I admit, when someone suggested the freezer idea to me 2 years ago, I thought they were crazy. Surely I didn’t need that much space for frozen food. What a waste of money, space and electricity that extra freezer would be!

    Well, I was wrong. One day I picked up 6 almost-free frozen pizzas from the grocery store and stuffed my freezer full. The next week, chicken breast was on sale and we were almost out – but we were almost out of space in the freezer as well. It was then that I realized that the extra freezer was actually a good idea.

    I missed out on the chicken deal that week, but I also learned my lesson. After a bit of research, I picked up a freezer for our basement and it now houses lots of extra chicken, frozen pizzas and more!

    My point is – if you want to save money by stockpiling meat and produce, you really need to consider getting an extra freezer. They are definitely worth it.

    Only buy sale items

    Only purchase sale items when you are stocking up, never full price. The front (and sometimes back) pages of most store flyers will have the best deals. Look there first. Only add the cheapest items to your shopping list.

    As for how much you should stockpile, well, this really depends on your family and how fast you can consume certain items. For our family, we eat chicken breast at least 3 times per week. That’s 12 chicken breasts per month, per person. If we would like the chicken to last us 6 months, we would need to have a stockpile of 72 chicken breasts for each person.

    Don’t stock up on items that your family will not consume before they go bad, no matter how cheap they are.

    Find out your store’s mark-down schedule

    The next time you are at your local grocery store, ask the staff when they mark down produce and meat. It’s best to ask the staff that works in the back of the store, as cashiers usually don’t know this information.

    Try to find out which day of the week and what time(s) they mark down those items, so you can try to swing by the store at the perfect moment to snatch up cheap meat & produce.

    Remember that items that are marked down are usually cheap because they are going to expire very soon. Be sure to get those items into your freezer as soon as possible to prevent spoiling.

    Have a stock-up budget

    It’s a good idea to set aside a certain amount of money every week (or month) for stocking up. Even if it’s only $5 per week; knowing that you have that limit will prevent you from overspending. The point of stockpiling is to save money, so don’t go over your budget.

    When you come across meat or produce (or other grocery items) that hit your stock-up price, pick them up and add them to your stockpile.

    Purchase directly from a local farmer

    I know a few people that save quite a bit of money by purchasing 1/4, 1/2 or even a full cow directly from a farmer in their area.

    You can often purchase pigs and other animals as well, but each farmer is different, so check with the ones in your area to find out what they offer.

    If you can’t afford the purchase of a 1/4 (or more) cow on your own, consider splitting the cost with another family and then dividing up the meat.

    Check out the clearance racks

    Many grocery stores have a clearance rack with marked down fruits & vegetables.

    They are often only bruised or have other small imperfections. They are still edible.

    Freeze properly

    Remember that freezing food is not as simple as just tossing something into the freezer. The way that you prepare it for freezing is the only way to gauge how long it will last in it’s frozen state.

    Use freezer bags or storage containers

    Get the products that are made specifically for freezer use.

    I don’t recommend freezing meat in the packages they come in at the store, unless you plan on thawing and consuming all of that meat in one meal. Instead, take the amount of meat you need for one meal and put it in it’s own container or bag.

    Information on freezing fruit & vegetables: How To Freeze Fruit and How To Freeze Vegetables.

    Label everything

    Mark everything that you put into the freezer with the current date and a note on what’s inside.

    Don’t forget to check our list of things you can and cannot freeze, and how long you can freeze them for.

    Although it’s difficult to find coupons for fresh meat and produce, you can still save money on these items and you can certainly stockpile them.

    The key is to buy low and freeze properly to guarantee yourself a healthy supply in your stockpile.

    How do you stockpile meat & produce?

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  • 8 Stockpiling Tips for Success

    Building a successful stockpile is a great way to save money and make your life easier. You will always have what you need on hand, and the luxury of not needing to go shopping because you already have lots of groceries at home.

    Here are some of my favourite stockpiling tips for success.

    8 Stockpiling Tips for Success

    Stockpiling Tips for Success

    1. Find a place for your stockpile

    For a successful stockpile, it’s best to figure out where to put it before you get started. It’s best to keep your stockpile in one place where you have room for shelves, such as a basement.

    If you don’t have a lot of room for your stockpile, try storing it in several places; food items in kitchen cupboards, paper products in a hall closet and personal care items under the bathroom sink. Knowing where you are going to put everything will make it easier once you get it all home. There are many stockpile storage ideas!

    2. How much to stockpile

    Knowing how much to stockpile is important. Think about what items your family uses often that you will want to stockpile, such as toilet paper, toothpaste, cereal, pasta, etc. Then you will need to determine how much of each item you would like to have on hand. Keep in mind that this will be different for everyone.

    Next time you start a box of tissues, mark the date on it and make note of the date you finish it. If it takes you 2 weeks to use that box of tissue and you would like to have a 6 month supply in your stockpile, you would need 13 boxes. Doing this with all of the items you would like to stockpile will help you figure out how much to have on hand without going overboard.

    Food Stockpiling

    3. How much to spend

    A mistake people often make when stockpiling is buying too much, too fast and spending more money than they should. It takes time to build a stockpile; several months or even up to a year to get you stockpile to where you want it to be.

    Take a look at your budget and figure how much you can afford to spend each week on stock up items. It doesn’t need to be very much, even $10 a week will be enough to stock up on a few items every week.

    Also, pay attention to sale cycles so you know that you’re paying the absolute lowest price when you’re stocking up.

    4. Keep it organized

    The most important thing for a successful stockpile is to stay organized. Always put your groceries away when you get home and put like items with like items. Take the time to put everything away properly instead of throwing stuff on a shelf or in a closet to organize later.

    For smaller items, I love using bins from the dollar store. They are inexpensive and don’t take too much space on my shelving unit. The only danger of bins is not being able to see what is in there and buying things that you already have. Labeling your bins will not only keep them organized, but it’s easier to find items you’re looking for.

    Stockpile Bins

    5. Check dates

    When putting items away, make sure to put new items behind old so you’re using the oldest items first. Every few months, check dates on items to make sure you’re using them up before they expire.

    Keeping a list of short dated items in a handy spot, like on your fridge, will help you remember which items need to be used right away.

    6. Take inventory

    Another thing that will keep you organized is to have a stockpile inventory. This will help you know what and how much you have on hand, as well as what you still need to purchase.

    Say you want to have a dozen boxes of cereal in your stockpile and your inventory says that you only have 4; you know that you will need 8 boxes to replenish.

    This will keep you from over-buying because you’ll always know what you have in your stockpile.

    7. Keep it clean

    In addition to organizing your stockpile, it’s important to keep it clean. Every time I reorganize things (which I do pretty often) I quickly run the duster over the shelves and products. I think of my stockpile as any other shelves on my home; something that needs to be clean.

    8. Don’t compare yourself

    One of the worst things you can do, is to compare your stockpile to someone else’s. Everyone’s needs are different, so your stockpile is never going to look like someone else’s. Whether it be the size, the items or the length of time that the items last.

    Focus only on what you need to keep in your stockpile – don’t try to re-create another stockpile that you’ve seen.

    Remember that over time your stockpile needs will change. As time goes on, you will need to have more or less of certain items on hand and more or less space to store everything. Follow these tips and no matter what changes along the way you will be successful at stockpiling.

    Do you have a stockpile? Share in the comments how you keep everything organized.

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  • Stockpiling – How Much to Stockpile

    Stockpiling Groceries.

    How Much to Stockpile

    When it comes to stockpiling, there is one question that I am constantly being asked:

    How much should I stockpile?


    Most people aren’t satisfied with my answer, which is “it depends”, but I am being honest. It really all depends on you, your lifestyle and your family.

    There are a 2 things you want to look at when trying to figure out how much to stockpile: how many people you are stockpiling for and how long you would like your stockpile to last. For my family, there are 4 of us, and my goal is a stockpile that will last us 1-3 years (depending on the product).

    Here is our “how much should I stockpile?” list:

    Stockpile Canada

    Food

    Cereal - 1 Year (24 Boxes)
    Condiments (BBQ Sauce, Mustard, Ketchup, etc.) – 2 Years (24 Bottles Each)
    Sugars, Honey - 3 Years (36 Each)
    Pasta – 3 Years (72 Packages)
    Canned Vegetables – 3 Years (72 Cans Each)
    Rice - 3 Years (36 Small Bags)
    Coffee – 1 Year (12 Jars)
    Crackers – 6 Months (12-24 Boxes)
    Granola Bars – 1 Year (24 Boxes)
    Tea – 1 Year (10-12 Small, 72ct Boxes)
    Juice – 1 Year (12-24 Large Bottles)
    Meat (Chicken, Beef, etc.) – 1 Year (Frozen) (LOTS! About 720 Servings)
    Oils – 2 Years (24-48 Small Bottles)

    Household Supplies

    Cleaners – 2 Years (12-36 of Each)
    Facial Tissue - Indefinitely (At Least 100 Boxes at all Times)
    Bathroom Tissue – Indefinitely (At least 300 Rolls at all Times)
    Paper Towels – Indefinitely (At Least 50 Rolls at all Times)
    Zip-top Bags - Indefinitely (At Least 50 Boxes at all Times)
    Tin Foil – Indefinitely (At Least 5 Boxes at all Times)
    Plastic Wrap - Indefinitely (At Least 5 Boxes at all Times)
    Hand Soap – 2 Years (48 Bottles)
    Dish Soap – 2 Years (48 Bottles)
    Laundry Soap – 2 Years (96 Bottles)
    Fabric Softener – 2 Years (24 Bottles or 700 Sheets)
    Dishwasher Detergent – 2 Years (1,000 Tabs)

    Health & Beauty

    Medicines & Pain Relievers - 1 Year (10 Boxes of Each)
    Bandages – 2 Years (10-20 Boxes)
    Make-up – 1 Year (4 of Each)
    Hair Products – 2 Years (48 Bottles)
    Body Wash & Bar Soap – 2 Years (48 Bottles + 48 Bars)
    Body Lotion – 2 Years (24 Bottles)
    Toothpaste – 1 Year (48 Tubes)
    Toothbrushes – 5 Years (At Least 100 at all Times)
    Deodorant – 1 Year (24 Sticks)
    Feminine Products – 2 Years (24 Packages)
    Razors – Indefinitely (At Least 50 at all Times)
    Shaving Cream – 2 Years (24 Cans)

    Baby & Toddler

    Diapers/Pants – 3 Years (4,500 Diapers in Various Sizes)
    Baby Wipes - 3 Years (144 Tubs of 72)
    Baby Lotion – 2 Years (24 Bottles)
    Baby Wash – 2 Years (24 Bottles)

    How long do want your stockpile to last?


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  • My Stockpile – April 2013

    Mrs January Stockpile 2013 April

    I took some photos of my new stockpile room yesterday. We had this room built when we were getting our basement renovated. It was actually intended to just be a regular storage room, but then I realized how perfect it would be for a stockpile – so, now this is where our stockpile resides!

    We also keep our chest freezer in this room. The only thing not in here is laundry stuff (in our laundry room upstairs) and diapers (in Kaylee’s huge bedroom closet).

    Bins for Organizing Stockpile

    Right at the end of the room are 4 bins with drawers. This is where I keep smaller items.

    Couponing Stockpile

    Stockpile in Canada

    Canada Stockpile

    Free Toothpaste Couponing

    Stockpile Canada

    Household Stockpile

    Is it just me, or are stockpile rooms just fun to look at?

    Beauty Stockpile

    This shelf has beauty items and some odds and ends.

    Food Stockpile

    This is one of our food shelves. It stores cereal, pasta, canned beans and tomatoes, rice and it also has soda and bottled water on the very bottom.

    Food Stockpiling

    This food shelf has snacks (crackers, granola bars), condiments, drinks, and a few random food items.

    Stocking Up

    Over here we have cleaning supplies, paper products and baby wipes.

    Grocery Stockpile

    That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my stockpile tour. Maybe I will do a video tour soon, too. :)

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  • Walmart – Shopping Deals, I Saved (34%)

    Stockpile Photo

    I spent most of yesterday organizing our new stockpile room (more photos coming soon!), so because I was very busy, my husband slipped out to pick up a few groceries. Here`s what he bought:

    Walmart Deals in Canada

    Walmart Canada Deals

    1x Pam Spray @ $4.77
    1x Rice Krispies Squares @ $1.94 – $1 coupon from Websaver.ca (gone) = $0.94 (saved = approx. $2.03)
    1x Pop Tarts @ $1.94 – $1 coupon from Websaver.ca (gone) = $0.94 (saved = approx. $2.03)
    1x Grape Tomatoes @ $1.97
    1x Feta Cheese @ $3.97
    1x Campbell`s Soup @ $1.97 (was supposed to be $0.69)
    1x Fresh Mint @ $1.97
    1x Pepperoni @ $3.97
    1x Garlic, 3 Pack @ $0.67
    1x Avocado @ $0.77 (saved = approx. $0.23)
    1x Raw Almonds @ $3.68
    1x Cucumber @ $1 (saved = approx. $0.97)
    1x Iceberg Lettuce @ $1.77
    10x Bananas @ $2.99
    1x Potatoes, 15lb. bag @ $3.97 (saved = approx. $2)
    1x Pineapple @ $1.88 (price matched Food Basics) (saved = approx. $1.09)
    3x Yams @ $0.88/lb. (price matched Food Basics) = $1.03 (saved = approx. $0.50)
    2x Strawberries @ $1 each (price matched Food Basics) = $2 (saved = $3.94)
    2x Tostitos @ $3 each (price matched Longos) = $6 (saved = approx. $1.94)
    1x Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast @ $3.99/lb. (price matched Longos) = $8.59 (saved = approx. $8.59)
    1x Kids Listerine Rinse @ $4.99 (price matched No Frills) – $4 hang tag coupon = $0.99 (saved = approx. $5)
    1x Old El Paso Taco Kit @ $2.97 (price matched No Frills) – $2 rebate = $0.97 (saved = $2)
    1x Natrel Milk @ $3.99 (price matched Sobeys) (saved = $1.98)
    Tax @ $1.43

    Total value of products = $98.17
    Total paid out of pocket (OOP) = $65.18
    Savings of 34%

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  • Stockpile Storage Chart

    Stockpile Storage Chart

    Are you wondering how long you can store and/or freeze the items in your stockpile?

    Download our new stockpile storage chart to find out!

    When it comes to freezing, there are many items that you can freeze, in order to prolong their life and save you money, but you need to know how long and HOW to store those items if you really want to save money. If food items are not frozen properly, they will not be edible when you eventually go to eat them.

    Don’t flush your money down the drain. Instead, learn how to properly store your stockpile items and how long you can stockpile them for.

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  • Stockpile Organizing: 3 Easy Ways to Stay Organized (New Video)

    I often get asked how I organize my stockpile, so today I’m going to show you 3 things that I do to keep my stockpile organized at all times.

    Bins/Baskets

    The number one thing that I recommend when starting a stockpile is to use bins whenever possible.

    I always recommend using bins, because they will help you to keep your smaller items contained and not falling all over your shelves.

    To save money, use the bins you already have on hand. This could be a plastic bin from the dollar store that you already have, or small cardboard boxes.

    Categories

    Tip #2 is to have categories. These are very important when you’re stockpiling.

    Categories to consider:
    - Health & Beauty
    - Food
    - Household
    - Kids/Baby
    - Laundry

    Setting up categories is really going to help you to find things when needed, which will prevent your items from expiring before you actually find them.

    Donation Station

    My final tip is to have a donation station. This is just an area in your stockpile (or even another area of your home) where you keep all of the items you plan to donate.

    Keep it all in one area, so that once that area is full you’ll know it’s time to take it to be donated.

    Those are my tips for organizing your stockpile.

    There are many ways to keep things organized, so do what works best for you. The important thing is to store your items in a way where you are able to use them before they expire.

    Do you have any tips for organizing your stockpile?

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