There’s a really good conversation about food storage over at MMW and I want to throw one more idea out there, because it hadn’t occurred to me until recently that the best place to do my food storage buying was the most expensive grocery store in town.
In our area, Randall’s is the Fancy, Overpriced Grocery Store. But, like every other Fancy, Overpriced Grocery Store I’ve known, they have a few items each week that are steals. (It is my understanding that these things are actually sold at or below cost to get people in the door.)
So I’ve been running into Randall’s once per week and, exercising immense self control to stay away from the prepared Indian sauces and imported olives, buying whatever they are giving away. Lots of it. Here are some recent items:
cans of pineapple, 25 cents
cans of diced tomatoes, 25 cents
boxes of cereal, one dollar
I usually buy 20-50 of whatever item is on sale. Fortunately, we have lots of room to stow these things in closets. Over the long run, this should save us money (since I buy 20 boxes of cereal for 20$ at once instead of buying a few boxes each week at 2-3$ each), too.
And–best of all–we have food storage that my kids will actually eat! So while some of you are trying to sell your children on the merits of pinto bean fudge that you spent an hour making, I’ll be reading a book while my kids eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch straight out of the box.