Friday, April 8, 2011

Coupon Class

Would you like to know an economical way to stock your shelves using coupons?

Come to the Stake Center on April 28th @ 7:00 p.m. in the Relief Society Room
Instructor: Lisa Anderson-10th Ward

Provident Living and Emergency Preparedness

Julie Packer-10th Ward

With the recent events in Japan, we are reminded once again of the importance of being prepared for a disaster. It is critical, as heads of households, we do our part to ensure our family can support itself if left for several days on our own. This month's article is a detailed suggestion of the best time of year to purchase grocery items and supplies which if followed will help us be more prepared for an emergency.

In general, grocery and household items have a particular time of year when they go on sale. Some are
quite obvious with the seasons, but others are not so obvious. Follow these guidelines and you can start acquiring your pantry items over an extended period of time without breaking your family’s budget.

SPRING SALE ITEMS (February, March, April)
Canned Meats: Tuna, Beef, Chili, Chicken
Canned Soups
Personal Products: Soap, Deodorant, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Shampoo, Lotions, Feminine Products
Protein Spreads, Peanut Butter
Shortening, Oils
Juices: Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Grape (bottled or frozen)
Personal Products: Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Floss, Razors, Shaving Cream
Mixes: Cake, Pancake, Muffin
Spices & Herbs
Rice: White & Brown
First Aid: Gauze, Swabs, Cotton Balls, Tape, Band Aids
Garden Seeds & Needs: Seeds, Sprouting Kits, Hand Tools
Anything needed to complete, replenish or rotate into your 72 hour kits

SUMMER SALE ITEMS (May, June, July, August)
Flour & Wheat
Dry Soups & Crackers
Gelatin, Pudding
Condiments: Mustard, Mayo, Catsup, Relish, BBQ Sauce, Pickles
Picnic Supplies: Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils, Charcoal, Matches, Lighters
Emergency Items: Cord, Twine, Flashlights & Batteries
Cheese: Powdered and/or buy extra cheese and grate and freeze for later use
Paper Products: Napkins, Paper Towels, Foil, Plastic Wrap, Freezer Bags, Garbage Bags
Water: Fill or change water jugs; make sure part of your storage is portable
Jams & Jellies: Buy pre-made or make your own (store pectin, jars, freezer containers)
Canned Goods: Whatever kinds your family eats the most of (soups, veggies, fruits, etc.)
Egg Products
Butter Products
Baking Soda & Baking Powder
Salad Dressings
Equipment: Can Openers, Wheat Grinder
Light Bulbs
Legumes (beans)

FALL SALE ITEMS (September, October)
Apples: Fresh, Pie Fillings, Applesauce, Juice, Apple Butter
Hot Drink Mixes: Hot Cocoa, Hot Cider, Herbal Teas
Potatoes (all varieties)
Sweeteners: Sugar, Honey, Karo, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Powdered Sugar
Vinegar (you can use for making household cleaners as well as cooking)
Grains, Flour, Popcorn
Candles & Matches
Sewing Kit
WINTER SALE ITEMS (November, December, January)
Canned Soup, Chili
Pasta Products (canned, bags or boxes)
Holiday Canned Foods: Pumpkin, Condensed Milk, Cranberries, Olives, Yams
Baking Chocolate
Breakfast Foods: Pancake/Waffle Mix, Syrup, Cold Cereals, Granola, Breakfast Bars
Grains: Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Grits, Hot Cereal
First Aid Supplies: Basic Kit, Band Aids, Neosporin, Calamine, etc.
Cleaning Supplies: Detergents, Bleach, Cleaners
Medicine: Cough Syrup, Tylenol, Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Ibuprofen, etc.

The months listed are approximate. Sales may start earlier and continue longer.
Information compiled by Lisa K. Anderson, Co-Founder Prospering Families

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