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Old 01-09-2008, 04:38 PM
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Default Secret Doc/Tools to help you manage/maximize your Usable Food Storage...

Background/Disclaimer: Until last summer, I served in a religious capacity as a Food Storage coordinator for my congregation/emergency preparedness/disaster area for 3 years. That said, I have accumulated some great docs/tools that can help other PYP'ers manage/utilize their Usable Food Storage. Each of these docs/tools can easily be personalized for you and your family's needs.

These are general tools, not guarantees. You will need to customize & tailor details to your own unique situations.

The first item is a detailed listing of what & when the Seasonality Sale Cycle of Retail Operations are. This can assist in maximizing planning/stretching food storage dollars. HTH!

Seasonal Sales Cycles

JANUARY - Historically, Quaker has hot deals on cereal/all items. We see Pepsi/Tostitos go on sale mid-January (again, rebates abound for these). Other items of note this time of year are chili, side dishes, anything for hearty/warm meals.
Post-Holiday Sales
White Sales
Sports and Weight Loss Equipment
Computers
Winter Apparel and Accessories
Organizers, Rubbermaid totes, shelf organizers, planners, filing cabinets

FEBRUARY many of the same food items as January
Electronics
Floor Coverings
Housewares
Furniture
Candy and Chocolates

MARCH - Frozen food month. You'll find many stores are offering free freezers or fill-a-bag deals. Between March and April, look for spring cleaning deals, so many cleaner items will be on sale. With Easter, looks for eggs, ham, Kraft products to cycle into good sales. Paper products like towels, napkins, plates are starting to come on strong. Beverage items.
Spring Apparel and Accessories
Winter Sports Equipment
Gardening Supplies
Luggage

APRIL
Spring Apparel and Accessories
Coats and Hats
Paint
Wallpaper
Jewish Foods and Eggs

MAY -
get ready for summer! Here come loads of deals on BBQ sauce, frozen veggies, baked beans, and condiments of all kinds, summer-time meats (ribs, hotdogs, and ground beef). Also with all the holidays, look for tons of paper goods that match the holiday and pick them up after clearance. These deals generally continue through September!
White Sale - Linens and Towels
Spring Cleaning Supplies
Auto Maintenance
Home Maintenance
Sodas & Bottled Water, Hotdogs, Hamburger Meat, Condiments, Paper & Plastic plates & cups
* Raid/Off bug repellents and sunscreens

JUNE
Summer Apparel and Accessories
Pianos
Television Sets
Building Materials and Hardware
Dairy Products

JULY
Air Conditioners
Summer Sports Equipment
Sportswear
Craft Supplies
Sodas, Hotdogs, Hamburger Meat, Condiments

AUGUST
White Sale - Linen and Towels
BBQ and Patio Equipment
Back to School Supplies
Bathing Suits
Fresh Fish and Vegetables
Breakfast foods (Cold cereal-Juice-Waffles-etc)
Cold lunch items for in lunch boxes

SEPTEMBER - back to school; time to fill up on snacks! Pudding cups, Capri suns, fruit snacks, cereal sales start up hard again, peanut butter/jelly. Also, like clockwork, there will be Prego coupons in August, and plan on getting lots and using them in a hurry before they expire in September when the spaghetti sauce goes on sale. Sauce wars between Ragu and Prego this month. Campbells soups will go on as well and there will be coupons in the end of August for these as well. Lunchables are on sale this time of year, too.
Back to School Supplies and Apparel
Gardening Supplies
Housewares
Bicycles
Canned Goods

OCTOBER - Stock up on holiday foods Stove Top, turkey, instant mashed potatoes, broth, cranberries, marshmallow, ice cream, pie shells, whipped cream, pudding. Look for great Kraft deals again this time of year. Piggyback those Kraft coupons when you can. Crackers are a biggie - going on for $1 or less a box. Lots of extra deals like $ off cheese WYB crackers. The real kicker is the after Christmas food deals! Save your coupons because pie fixings, fried onion, broth and canned green beans will be on deep discount. I got those onions for .50 a can, normally almost $4. These generally continue through December.
Cars
Houses
Fishing Equipment
Crystal, Silver, and Glassware
Candy
Baking/candy-making items (choc chips, sprinkles, vanilla, corn syrup, nuts, etc)

NOVEMBER -
Winter Apparel and Accessories
Quilts and Blankets
Heating Devices
Turkey, Sweet Potatoes
Canned goods (soup, chicken broth, condensed milk, veggies etc)
Baking goods

DECEMBER
Toys
Gift Items
Party ware
Post-Holiday Sales
Party Foods, Baking Goods, and Various Meat
Canned goods (broth, soups, etc)

Year-round after a holiday, you can always pick up cheap cookie dough and any food related to a holiday.

Continual sales are candy, popcorn, chips, anything snacky, cereal (heavier in the fall/winter, but still around in the spring).
Frozen food sales seem to centralize on a brand and the switch brands the next month. I think the manufacturers buy slot time for sales. So last month, Stouffers was on sale hard, now lean cuisine is. Save the entire frozen coupon and then keep checking back for the brand of the month.

Frozen pizzas go on sale in the fall and then again the spring; not often in the summer because people don't want to turn their ovens on in the summer.

By all means, this isn't everything that you can get on sale, but if you follow the cycle and stock up (I never buy BBQ sauce in the winter), then you can get where you have enough on hand and only need to refill when the items are in season. The result is that you spend less and less with each successful cycle.

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Sources: Various numerous sites on the internet over years of time from an obsessive compulsive cpn-er.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:49 PM
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Default Food Storage calculator.

Next tool is a Food Storage/Stockpile calculator to assist one in getting a grasp of what is literally in the pantry/freezer, how much one uses in a 12 week period (the average period til an item goes back to its lowest price again). And how much of an item, a family unit NEEDS to have on hand, too. Time spans can be customized for other time frames or one can literally see how much TP is used in any given amount of time.

The calculator is done in excel and VERY user friendly.

Hope it helps as it has help me keep track of what I have on hand. It has really helped prevent waste as I know what is in my storage at most times.

Again, hth!
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Wow thanks.. This is really cool
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:25 PM
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Thank you for all the very helpful info.
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Very cool...one more reason to justify the unreasonable amount of time I spend on my computer!
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Cool grocery shopping list via Scott Paper (bath tissue & paper towels). This website has some cool info and other resources, too.

Grocery Shopping Checklist
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Here you go!

Recipes and Food Storage List - link
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Here you go!

Recipes and Food Storage List - link
Cool link, but I haven't see fat back for ages.

Thanks!
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Cool link, but I haven't see fat back for ages.

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Go to a butcher and ask for it.
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Fabulous information Deann! Thanks for sharing. I love that excel worksheet!
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