Albertsons Doubles Coupons

Sunday, May 31, 2009
Guess what?!? There are Albertsons doubles coupons in TODAY's papers (both DesNews and Trib). They are in Section A, printed in the actual section (not on an insert). (They were NOT in the Sunday previews...I'm very sad.) If you get a Sunday paper at your house, don't throw it away without checking for the coupons first!

For those who don't have a Sunday subscription (like me) - many stores that sell the newspapers (Walgreens, Albertsons, Smiths, Walmart, etc.) will often have "leftover" Sunday papers available for purchase on Monday and then continuing on through the rest of the week until they are all sold. Once word gets out that the Sunday papers have doubles in them, though, they may go faster than usual, so if you would like some, try to go as early in the week as possible. (I believe the doubles will only be good through Tuesday anyway.)

HERE is more information from the fabulous folks at PinchingYourPennies.com!

BTW - please don't feel like you have to go rushing out to find papers tomorrow...there will be more doublers coming soon (possibly next week) and there are always more deals to be found next week. Sometimes you just need a break from chasing deals, and that's okay! (I have been known to pass up doubles coupons just because I don't want the extra hassle that week.)

Grocery Deal - Country Time Lemonade at Smiths

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Smiths has the canisters of powdered Country Time Lemonade on sale this week for .99 each (it's a holdover from last week). There is a printable coupon on some of the internet coupon sites or at kraftfoods.com for $1.50 off when you buy 2. There is also a Catalina coupon deal running (started Friday). If you buy 2 canisters, you'll get a $1 coupon good on your next shopping trip.

So:

Buy (2) Country Time Lemonade mix, on sale .99 each
Use (1) 1.50/2 coupon
Pay .48 for two (plus tax), then get back a $1 coupon good off your next shopping trip.

Since this is one of those few deals where you actually MAKE money, and since this is an item that they don't tend to stock a lot of, it's very possible that most of the Smiths stores have been wiped out of the lemonade already. But if you're heading there anyway, and you happen to like Country Time lemonade, you might want to see if they have any left.

UPDATE: Looks like the Catalina coupon is for $1, not $2.

Week 10 Assignment - Spare Clothes

Friday, May 29, 2009
Okay, this week's assignment is "relatively" easy - you need to gather up one full change of clothes for each member of your family, to go in your 72-hr kits.

Try to aim for the following:
(1) long-sleeve shirt
(1) long pants
(1) undergarments (females include a sports bra)
(2) pair socks (try to get at least one pair wool)
(1) sweatshirt (with hood if possible - but no drawstrings for kids)
(1) pair sturdy shoes (if you have room)

For colder weather, you're going to want a few extras. You can pack them in your 72-hour kit if you have room, or if not, have as many of the items as possible gathered somewhere near your kit so they can be taken along if needed:
(1) winter hat
(1) pair gloves
(1) coat or jacket
(1) scarf

If you don't have extras of these items on hand to go in your 72-hour kits, consider taking a trip to Deseret Industries or Savers or some of the other local thrift stores to find what you need.

We're also going to continue this week with the food items for 72-hour kits. If you didn't get yours finished last week (like I didn't), that's okay, just keep at it!

72-Hour Food - Sample Menu

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sample Menu Plan for Adult
(pictured groupings are, from left to right: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)

Day 1
Breakfast: (3) NutriGrain bars [390 cal], (1) fruit cup [80 cal]
Lunch: (1) chicken salad kit [240 cal], (1) trail mix [280 cal]
Dinner: (1) baked beans [250 cal], (1) carrots [30], (1) pudding [120 cal], (1) granola bar [100 cal]
Snacks: (1) PowerBar [220 cal], (1) pk peanut butter crackers [190 cal], (2) fruit strips [90]
TOTAL CALORIES: 1990
TOTAL WEIGHT: 2lb 5.5oz

Day 2
Breakfast: (1) breakfast trail mix [240 cal], (1) fruit cup [80 cal], (1) cereal bar [180 cal]
Lunch: (1) peanut butter [390 cal], (1) crackers [100 cal], (1) peas [60 cal]
Dinner: (1) Ronzoni Bistro entree [260 cal], (1) trail mix [280 cal]
Snacks: (1) Planters nut bar [220 cal], (1) pk peanut butter crackers [190 cal]
TOTAL CALORIES: 2000
TOTAL WEIGHT: 1lb 14.8oz

Day 3
Breakfast: (2) oatmeal bars [440 cal], (2) fruit strips [90 cal]
Lunch: (1) tuna salad lunch kit [510 cal]
Dinner: (1) Beanee Weenee [240 cal], (2) raisins [250 cal], (1) pudding [120 cal]
Snacks: (1) Planters nut bar [220 cal], (1) pk peanut butter crackers [190 cal]
TOTAL CALORIES: 2060
TOTAL WEIGHT: 2lb 2.6oz

My thoughts:
This list was catered to my husband and reflects his choices out of the options I gave him. I'm concerned about the weight, since this represents over 6 total pounds to carry. I think nutrition-wise this is good, but size-wise it's terrible. I'm still not entirely satisfied with this, but it will do for now. I do like that we've been able to find things that we're okay with eating cold, so I don't have to worry about packing cooking utensils or a stove/fuel.

I'm going to keep working on some additional options to decrease weight without sacrificing nutritional needs or calories, and I'll hopefully be able to post more next week. I will also post a sample menu plan for younger kids.

Week 9 Assignment - UPDATE

So, how are you doing on gathering food for your 72-hour kits?

I will post my finalized menu plan later this evening, I promise! Until then, here are some additional resources you can check out:

Higher Calorie Meal Plans

Bucket Kits with Meal Plans

Additional Menu Ideas

Backpacking Food at REI Outlet These usually feed two people.

Guess what I spent my Wednesday night doing...?


That's 12 pints of chicken, my friends!

While I LOVE the end product of the canning - I LOVE having meat that is shelf-stable for several years and that isn't taking up space in my freezer - I really HATE all the work that goes into it sometimes. Last night wasn't too bad, though. This was my third time using the pressure canner, and I'm finally feeling a bit more comfortable with it. I actually got all twelve pint jars to seal this time, so I'm getting better with practice. The whole endeavor still takes me a long time though. I started at about 7:30 last night, and was able to pull the jars out of the canner at about 10:30.

Lest any of you think I am some sort of domestic diva, let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth! :) Learning to use the pressure canner became a necessity after I bought 80lbs of chicken within two months and then ran out of freezer space to store it in. Ha ha ha!

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/27

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here is my trip to Albertsons today:


(4) Kraft Mac N Cheese Family Packs (5 boxes each) - on sale Buy 1 @ 5.69 Get 1 Free
(4) Capri Sun Sunrise, 10ct - FREE (coupons attached to the Mac N Cheese packages)(one not pictured)
(8) V8 V Fusion, 46oz - on sale 1.88 (.88 after coupon)
(2) V8 regular, 46oz - on sale 1.88 (.88 after coupon)
(2) TreeTop juice, 64oz - on sale 1.48 for first 3 (.98 after coupon)
(8) 2-liters of Coke products - on sale .79 each
(2) gallons whole milk (not pictured) - FREE with coupons from previous cereal deal

Total: $26.28 + I got a $2.00 Catalina coupon good off my next shopping order (from the Mac N Cheese purchase)

If you go to do the Mac N Cheese deal, they are allowing you to substitute any of the regular Capri Suns because there are not enough of the Sunrise varieties in stock. I think the Mac N Cheese will go fast, so go sooner rather than later if possible.

What I'm Buying - Maceys 5/27

Here is my trip to Maceys today:


(3) 2lb bags apples, on sale $2.00 each
(2) cantaloupe, on sale .39/lb
(3) 1lb bags mini carrots, on sale .79 each

I didn't use any coupons on this trip.

Total: $11.68

What I'm Buying - Smiths 5/27

Here is my trip to Smith's today:


(4) California Pizza Kitchen pizzas, on sale 4.99 (see last week's Smiths trip)
(2) dozen large eggs, on sale .99 each
(2) Don Julio tortilla chips, on sale .99 each
(3) Country Time lemonade drink mixes, on sale .99 each

I had $6 in coupons for the pizza and a 1.50/2 coupon for the Country Time. Plus I used the $5 catalina coupon from my previous pizza purchase.

Total: $17.20 + I got a $5.00 Catalina coupon good off my next shopping order (from the pizza purchase)

P.S. If you want to do the Country Time lemonade, you may want to wait until Friday or after - there is a new Catalina coupon deal that will start then, buy (2) canisters and get a $1.00 Catalina coupon good on your next shopping order. So, buy (2) for .99 each, then use the $1.50/2 printable coupon, pay .25 for each and then get a $1.00 coupon in return - you'll actually MAKE .50 on the deal!

Maceys Emergency Preparedness Sale - June 3-16

The West Jordan Maceys is throwing another Emergency Preparedness sale June 3-16!

Here's the list of items and prices.


Highlights:

45lb sealed bucket wheat, white or red, 18.99
empty 5-gal food grade storage buckets, 3.99
55-gal water drum, 39.99
SAF yeast, 16oz, 2.99
lots of powdered items (sour cream, butter, honey, milk, cheese, eggs, etc.)
lots of freeze-dried vegetables
dehydrated vegetables
large buckets of beans, dent corn, cornmeal, etc.

My little blurb: If you have not tried powdered eggs, now is the time to pick up a can! I love these things! They are so easy to use in recipes and are great for food storage. A 36oz can of powdered whole eggs is 18.99. They taste good, and are a great way to have eggs in your food storage without worrying about refrigeration. They are very easy to rotate since you can use the powdered eggs in just about anything you would use normal eggs in.

72-hr Food - Sample Menu Plans - UPDATE

Monday, May 25, 2009
We decided to try out our 72-hr food menu today because there were some things for the kids that we weren't sure they would eat, and some of the things we had planned for us needed to be tried out while cold.

Most everything was okay, with the exception of the rice meals. When eaten cold, the rice is slightly hard and it doesn't leave a good texture in your mouth. So I think we're going to replace the ReadyRice and the Zatarains meals with other options. (They both taste great once warmed, but just not so good cold.)

So, don't run out to get those items for your food kits yet - you'll definitely want to try for yourself before you include those.

72-hr Food - Sample Menu Plan for Adults

My husband and I stayed up late last night working on food kit ideas. Here is a preliminary menu plan that we came up with:

(It's not finalized, and I still want to do some checking on weights and different containers, so I'll post a finalized version later this week.)

For Adults or Teenagers:

Day 1
Breakfast: (2) Fiber One Toaster Pastries (one pouch), (1) small can fruit cocktail
Lunch: (1) Chicken Salad kit, (1) trail mix
Dinner: (1) Zatarains rice meal, (1) small can peas & carrots, (1) pudding cup
Snacks: (1) PowerBar, (1) package peanut butter crackers
Total calories: 2080

Day 2
Breakfast: (1) Emerald Breakfast to go trail mix, (1) fruit cup
Lunch: (1) Ronzoni Bistro meal, (1) trail mix, (1) small can corn
Dinner: (1) StarKist TunaCreations tuna fish, (1) Uncle Ben's ready rice
Snacks: (1) Planters Big Nut bar, (1) package peanut butter crackers
Total calories: 2010

Day 3
Breakfast: (2) Oatmeal to go bars, (1) fruit cup
Lunch: (1) BumbleBee Complete Tuna Salad lunch kit [tuna salad, crackers, fruit cup, cookie and spork]
Dinner: (1) can VanCamps Beanie Weenies, (1) can peas & carrots, (1) pudding cup, (1) small box raisins
Snacks: (1) Planters Big Nut bar, (1) package peanut butter crackers
Total calories: 2050

We were able to get all of this to [just barely] fit in a 6-can square expandable cooler (about $5.88 at Walmart), but we had to expand the top, and that made it really floppy and kind of top-heavy. We're going to see if we can find a slightly larger cooler to put it in. Or we might just get larger backpacks since we'll have to carry our food plus the food for the kids as well (it's too heavy for the little ones to carry themselves).

Now that we've put together a tentative menu, I want to calculate the costs and weights for each day (I'll post the info when I have it). That will help us make the final decisions as to what we actually pack.

72-hr Food - Snack Ideas

Sunday, May 24, 2009
Here are some ideas for snacks to include with your 72-hr food:

  • granola bars

  • fruit snacks

  • beef jerky

  • hard candy

  • pudding cups

  • Planters peanut bars

  • trail mix

  • canned fruit/applesauce

  • energy bars

  • graham crackers

  • peanut butter crackers

  • raisins, or other dried fruit

  • fruit cups or applesauce

72-hr Food - Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Saturday, May 23, 2009
Here are some ideas for lunches and dinners:

  • Tuna salad kits

  • Chicken salad kits

  • Ham salad kits

  • Zatarain's Ready-to-Eat pouch meals

  • Ronzoni Bistro Ready-to-Eat pouch meals

  • StarKist Tuna Creations or other pouch tuna

  • Uncle Ben's Ready Rice pouches

  • Minute Ready Rice

  • canned Vienna sausage

  • Chef Boyardee bowls

  • canned Spam

  • Hormel Compleats meals

  • VanCamp's Pork&Beans or Frank'nBeans (or Bienie Wienes, etc.)

  • canned vegetables

  • canned fruit

  • jars of baby food

What else can we add to the list?

This is What You DON'T Want...

...to be in an emergency situation and to open your 72-hr kit in order to eat and find a something you put together nearly 6 years ago which has been sitting in an alternating hot/cold garage for that whole time, which doesn't have enough food for all the members of your family, and that what food it does have has gone horribly, horribly bad.


This is a food kit I put together way back in 2003 as part of a Super Saturday activity we did. I dutifully packed all the food up, labeled it, placed it with my emergency bag out in the garage, and then promptly forgot about it. Six years and two kids later, things weren't looking so pretty when I opened it up last Friday night.


First of all, I had never updated the food to include the two little ones who joined our family in the ensuing years. So what was already fairly sparse for two people was going to be nowhere near enough to feed four.

Second, I had never rotated any of this food. This is all the same stuff I packed away 6 years ago. Right from the start I knew there was trouble when I opened it and found evidence of bugs inside...bad news! They had gotten into the container, but it didn't look like they had gotten into any food (that I could tell) - but still...yuck! The trail mix was horribly, horribly rancid (I did not taste it because the smell was enough to tell me what I needed to know). The fruit roll-ups were stale and hard. The beef jerky was hard as a rock and tasted nasty. Even the gum tasted sour and gross! I think the hard candy would have been okay, but it was partially melted, so I just tossed it all. The crackers were very stale, and everything was way, way beyond all expiration dates. I guess if it was the last food on earth and we had no other choice, it would have been better than nothing, but just barely.

NO COUPONS THIS WEEKEND!

Friday, May 22, 2009
There will be no coupon inserts in this Sunday's paper due to the Memorial Day holiday.

72-hr Food - Breakfast Ideas

Let's get started with some ideas for breakfasts. These are by no means the only options, so if you have other ideas or suggestions, please post them in the comments!

  • Quaker Oatmeal-to-Go bars (I really like these - they have great fiber, just like instant oatmeal, but no water or cooking involved, just open and eat)

  • Kellogg's PopTarts (or similar generic versions)

  • FiberOne Toaster Pastries (like PopTarts, but with more fiber)

  • Emerald Breakfast-on-the-go Trail Mix (bought these last week to try - they are SOOOO good!!!)

  • General Mills Milk 'N Cereal bars

  • Kashi Breakfast Bars

  • South Beach Living Cereal Bars

  • small boxed cereals with a plastic baggie of powdered milk (milk can be mixed in the plastic baggie and then poured into the box, and cereal can be eaten directly out of the box)

  • individual packets of rice cereal (for babies/toddlers - make sure to include a bowl or small cup, although you might be able to mix it right in the package perhaps)

  • instant oatmeal (will require hot water/cooking and bowl)

  • granola bars

What else could we include on this list?

Basic Guidelines for Food Kits

Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when putting together food options for your 72-hr kits:

  • Aim for foods that don't require a lot of water or cooking and that can be eaten cold if necessary. You may not have access to stoves/microwaves in an emergency, and even if you pack your own ultralight stove, you may not be able to use it (if you are inside a crowded evacuation shelter or are in an area with possible gas leaks, etc.).
  • Try for at least 2000 calories per day for adults, and 1500 for children.
  • Make sure to include appropriate food options if you have younger children in your family. Nursing or expecting mothers need extra calories. Small children will need more than just water to drink, so try to include some juices or juice mixes. And very young children and nursing or expecting mothers need milk, so include powdered milk or UHT boxed milk.
  • Pack food by meal, then by day, then by person and make sure to label with each individual's name so there is no confusion as to what to eat when and whose food is whose.
  • Avoid foods that are spicy or very salty. They will require you to drink more water, and they may cause stomach or bowel upset.
  • Keep a list of the foods you include in your 72-hr kits and their expiration dates. Check your food kits every 6 months (or more often) and rotate as needed. If you have a list, it will be easier to determine what needs to be rotated and when, rather than searching through all items to try to find expiration dates.
  • If you choose to include gum in your food kits, be aware that spearmint/peppermint/mint flavored varieties can leach a minty taste and smell to surrounding foods (especially when stored in hot areas like garages or sheds), so you may want to pack these items separately and move them away from other food in your kits.

Week 9 Assignment - Food for 72-hr Kits

Your assignment this week is to put together food for your 72-hr kits.

You'll need:
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • snacks
  • utensil(s)
  • cup/bowl (depending on food choices)
  • ultralight, wing stove or buddy burner, etc. & fuel (depending on food choices)
There are so many ways to do food for 72-hr kits. There are lots of ideas out there and lots of variations. Throughout this week, I'll give you some ideas and suggestions for doing your own, and give you links to ones that others have already put together.

Here's my current thinking on food for 72-hr kits:

I'm going to try to put together food that does not require any mixing or cooking. I want to find items that can be eaten cold if necessary without being heated. (I don't plan to store an ultralight or wing stove or fuel with my food.) I want something that I can open and eat without a lot of prep or fuss. But I also need things to be lightweight and portable, as well as shelf stable. I want to put in items that have a shelf-life of at least 6 months. I want to make sure I have sufficient calories each day for a body under stress, and I need to keep in mind some specific dietary restrictions for my family (several of us are dairy-allergic). I haven't decided whether I want to try to include the food in the main 72-hr kit packs or put it in a separate container. I will probably try both ways and see what works better for us based on weight and size.

I'm really a novice at this, so I'm sure some of my ideas and plans will change as I learn more and experiment more.

A reminder of why I coupon

Thursday, May 21, 2009
I had a good reminder today of why I put the time and effort into using coupons...

This was my trip to Walmart today:


(4) Luncheables (not pictured) - two had .50 peelie coupons on them
(1) Luncheable Jr. (not pictured)
(4) Ronzoni Bistro pastas
(4) Zatarain's ready-to-eat meals [the cashier charged me for 5 but I didn't notice until I got home - GRRRR!!!!!]
(2) Uncle Ben's ready rice
(1) 8ct hot dog buns (not pictured)
(1) large fruit assortment
(4) Weight Watchers muffins

The pouch meals are all for 72-hr food kits (you'll see them again this next week)- they were the original reason I stopped in to Walmart today in the first place. I didn't use any coupons except the two peelies that came on the Luncheables. I'm sick today and wanted something quick and easy for lunch, hence the Luncheables and the fruit.

Total: $50.25

UGH!!!!!! What was I thinking?!? [*hangs head down in shame and embarrassment*] Don't try this at home folks...

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/20

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Well, ya'll know what day it is, so I'm guessing you'd like to see some pictures and lists, right? :)

This was my trip to Albertson's this morning:


(4) Marie Calendar's Pasta Al Dente frozen entrees, on sale 1.88 (or .88 with coupon)
(2) gallons whole milk, free with coupons from cereal deal last week
(2) French's yellow mustard, on sale 1.50 (or .75 with coupon)
(2) La Victoria salsa, on sale 1.00 (or .50 with printable coupon from a few weeks ago)
(2) Lowry's garlic salt, on sale 1.00 (no coupon)
(1) box Honey Maid graham crackers, on sale 2.89 (or 1.89 with coupon)
(1) bag Jet-Puffed marshmallows, on sale 1.00
(1) Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, 6pk, on sale 3.00

The last three items are part of a "Smores" promo - if you buy one of each you get an instant $3 savings. It wasn't working automatically this morning, so they had to ring it in by hand (so just watch this if you go to do this deal today - they'll most likely have it working by this afternoon). I used the three doubles coupons from the weekly flyer ad I got in the mail yesterday, and doubled three $1.00 coupons (2 Marie Calendar's meals and 1 graham crackers). I also used a $5 Catalina coupon I got from last week's ConAgra promo.

Total: $3.53

P.S. I had one of the Pasta Al Dente entrees for lunch today - the Tortellini - and it was great! (I've not had this brand before, so now I know they're good in case I want to go back and get a few more later in the week.)

What I'm Buying - Smiths 5/20

Here is what I got at Smiths today (I did two transactions):


(2) California Pizza Kitchen pizzas, on sale 4.99 (2.99 with printable coupon from a few weeks ago)*
(2) DiGiorno flatbread pizzas, on sale 4.99 (3.49 with coupon)*
(1) Minute Maid lemonade, on sale .99
(1) Minute Maid fruit punch, on sale .99
(4) canisters KoolAid drink mix, on sale .99 (.49 with coupon)
(4) CoolWhip, on sale 1.00 (.50 with coupon)
(2) Dole salad mixes, on sale 2 for $5 (no coupon)
(2) loaves white cottage bread, on sale .99
(11) packages Energizer batteries (various sizes), on sale 2.00 (1.00 with coupon)

I used a $5 gift card I got in the GM cereal from last week. I had (11) coupons for batteries with me, but when I got to the store, several of the packages had a 1.00 peelie coupon on them, so I used that instead on some.

*There is also a Catalina deal with the pizzas, buy 4 and get a $5 coupon good for your next shopping trip.

Total: $34.50 + $5 off next shopping trip coupon

Because I didn't use all of my battery coupons, and I had some additional pizza coupons, I decided to do a second transaction.

Here's what I got:


(4) California Pizza Kitchen pizzas, on sale 4.99 (3.99 or 2.99 with coupons)
(6) packages Energizer batteries, on sale 2.00 (1.00 with coupons)

Three more of the packages of batteries had 1.00 off peelie coupons, and then I used my last three 1.00 coupons leftover from the first transaction. I also used the $5 coupon from the previous purchase.

Total: $17.38 + another $5 coupon good on next shopping trip

Help!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Okay, really, none of you have any questions or comments about the stuff we've gone over so far? None at all?!? Not even suggestions on things you'd like me to research?

Help me out here, my friends - PLEASE!

Even if you're not a member of our ward, please feel free to ask questions, make suggestions or leave comments. The more people we have contributing, the better! I like to get feedback - I want to know whether the topics I'm posting about are meeting your needs or not. If I'm just spouting off about a whole bunch of random nonsense, then it doesn't really do anyone any good now, does it? :)

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/18

Monday, May 18, 2009
I made a trip to Albertsons this morning to take advantage of the double coupons. Here's what I got:
(sorry, I didn't get a chance to take pictures this time)

Transaction #1:
(4) Kellogg's pop tarts (12ct box), on sale for $2.50 reduced to $1.50 when you buy 4
(2) Philadelphia cream cheese, 8oz, with in-ad coupon $.88 each

I used two 1.00/2 coupons for the PopTarts, one 1.00/2 coupon for the cream cheese, and two doubles coupons (for the PopTarts - they would not let me double the cream cheese coupon because it would have been for more than the items cost).

Total: $3.93

Transaction #2:
(6) GM cereals, on sale $2.50 and part of the GM promo
(3) Green Giant boxed frozen vegetables, on sale 3/$5 and part of the GM promo

This made for $20 towards the GM promo, so I saved $8 instantly (no need for coupons). I used two 1.00/3 coupons for the cereal and one 1.00/3 coupon for the vegetables (it was from a home mailer a few months ago). I then used three doubles coupons to double each of the three manufacturer coupons.

Total: $6.27 (I used one of the $5 cards I got in the cereal last week, so I paid $1.27 out of pocket - oh, and one of the boxes I bought had another $5 card in it!)

Transaction #3:
(6) Healthy Choice All Natural entrees, on sale 3/$5 and part of the ConAgra promo
(10) Hunts pudding snack packs, on sale $1.00 each and part of the ConAgra promo

I used two 1.00/3 coupons for the pudding (from an All You magazine) and three 1.00/2 coupons for the entrees (from Sunday's coupon inserts). I doubled the three Healthy Choice coupons.

Total: $12.54 (I used another of the $5 cards from the cereal, so paid $7.54 out of pocket) + got a $5 catalina coupon off my next shopping order (from the ConAgra promo)

Transaction #4:
(4) Kellogg's pop tarts
(2) Kraft Singles cheese slices, 16ct, on sale for $1.88 with in-ad coupon

I used two 1.00/2 coupons for the PopTarts and one 1.00/2 coupon for the Kraft Singles. I used three doubles coupons to double each of the coupons used.

Total: $3.96

Transaction #5:
(6) Healthy Choice All Natural entrees, on sale 3/$5 and part of ConAgra promo
(4) Healthy Choice All Natural Complete entrees, on sale 2/$5 and part of ConAgra promo

I used five 1.00/2 coupons and doubled three of them. I also used the $5 Catalina coupon from the previous ConAgra transaction.

Total: $7.51 (I used my third $5 card from the cereal, so I paid $2.51 out of pocket) and got a $5 off next shopping trip coupon

[I got a lot of PopTarts because I'm going to include them in my food for 72-hr kits.]

Ideas for Albertsons Doubles Coupons

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thanks again to the fabulous guys and gals at PinchingYourPennies.com, we have another list of ideas for using the Albertsons doubles coupons.

LINK

Remember, doubles coupons are only good through Tuesday, May 19th. You may only use three coupons per transaction, and they may limit one you to one trip (one set of three doubles) per day (you'll have to check with your particular store).

Counsel from President Faust

“Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency. Most of us cannot afford to store a year’s supply of luxury items, but find it more practical to store staples that might keep us from starving in case of emergency. Surely we all hope that the hour of need will never come. Some have said, 'We have followed this counsel in the past and have never had need to use our year’s supply, so we have difficulty keeping this in mind as a major priority.' Perhaps following this counsel could be the reason why they have not needed to use their reserve. By continued rotation of the supply it can be kept usable with no waste.

"The Church cannot be expected to provide for every one of its millions of members in case of public or personal disaster. It is therefore necessary that each home and family do what they can to assume the responsibility for their own hour of need. If we do not have the resources to acquire a year’s supply, then we can strive to begin with having one month’s supply. I believe if we are provident and wise in the management of our personal and family affairs and are faithful, God will sustain us through our trials."

(James E. Faust, ‘The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family,’ Ensign, May 1986, pg. 20)

Doubles Coupons for Albertsons

Saturday, May 16, 2009
There are indeed doubles coupons for Albertsons in this Sunday's paper (or the Sunday Preview).

There are three coupons in a one-page ad for Albertsons. Coupons valid 5/17 to 5/19 (Sunday to Tuesday).

Distribution list:
Ogden Standard-Examiner
Provo Herald
Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News
St George Spectrum-A

What I'm Working on for Next Week's Assignment

Friday, May 15, 2009

I hope that you will all make good use of your "free" assignment week. Here's what MY assignment is this week in preparation for YOUR assignment next week:

I'm working on food to go in 72-hr kits. This has proven to be WAY more challenging than I suspected. Why? Because there isn't necessarily a specific right or wrong way to do this, and there are so many options and other things to consider.

I want to be able to put together something that is simple, edible, easy to rotate, doesn't require a lot of prep work or heating/mixing/boiling/etc., and most importantly, something that will meet the dietary and nutritional needs of a body that is under stress (if you're needing your 72-hr kit, you're definitely going to be under some stress). I'm also trying to take space, weight and cost into consideration as well.

Will I have the perfect solution? No, not even close. I really think this is something that is going to have to be honed over time, and with some practice and further research. And it's going to be something that each family needs to tailor to meet their specific needs. But we at least need a place to start, right? Because ANY preparation is better than NO preparation at all...

If you have some ideas you'd like to share, or suggestions on things to look into, let me know!

To motivate me, I went and threw out all of my "current" 72-hr food supplies (don't worry - the stuff was from 2003, had bugs in it when I opened it up, didn't include food for my two kids, and what it did have was absolutely no good anyways, I know because I tried a few of the things this evening *GROSS!*) - so now I've got to get into gear and get something else put together quick!

More Albertsons Double Coupons This Weekend?

I don't know for sure. I keep hearing rumors, and some people have said that they have had the information confirmed to them (but they didn't say how).

I'll know for sure if I find them in my papers tomorrow morning, and I will definitely let you know.

A thought...

"Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life. . . . As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year's supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness" ("If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36).

Week 8 - Assignment

This week is a freebie! Take this time to catch up on or finish any previous assignments you're still working on. Here's a recap of what we've worked on so far:

Week 1 - Tithing
Week 2 - Batteries in smoke detectors; take stock of current food storage and emergency supplies
Week 3 - Water Storage
Week 4 - Commit to food storage/preparedness budget amount; 72-hr kit container
Week 5 - Toiletries for 72-hr kits
Week 6 - First Aid, part 1
Week 7 - First Aid, part 2

This is also a great time for Q&A - do you have questions on any of the assignments so far? Do you have a question on another food storage or preparedness topic? Do you have suggestions or ideas you'd like to share?

Coupon Preview for 5/17

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here is a LINK to the TaylortownPreview listing of possible coupons in this Sunday's inserts. There will be either 3 or 4 inserts - for sure 2 SmartSource inserts and 1 RedPlum, and there may also be a small P&G insert as well.

Great meal idea with items that are on sale this week

Here is a great meal idea that uses items that are on sale this week:

Meaty Biscuit Cups
Makes 20

1 lb. ground beef
1/3 c. finely chopped red onion (I just use dried minced onion)
1/3 c. barbeque sauce
1/2 c. frozen corn, thawed
1 (10ct) can flaky biscuits (I use the 8ct Pillsbury Grands! usually, so it makes 16)
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a medium non-stick skillet, cook the hamburger and onion over medium heat, about 5 minutes or until meat is done. Drain excess fat. Remove from heat and add the barbecue sauce and corn, mixing well.

Divide each biscuit in half by pulling apart the layers. Press each half into non-stick muffin tins coated with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the meat mixture evenly into the prepared "cups". Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to over for one minute or until cheese melts.
(Recipe from Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific Freezer Friendly Meals)

I know from the ingredient list this may seem a little odd, but it is really good stuff. My 5-yr-old picky eater gobbles these things up like they are pure sugar... :)

Ingredients on sale this week:

Albertsons shredded cheese, 6-8oz, with in-ad coupon .88 [Albertsons]
Green Giant boxed frozen vegetables, .70 with coupon and GM promo [Albertsons]
Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, .85 with coupon and GM promo [Albertsons]
73% lean ground beef, in 5lb chubs, 1.58/lb [Smiths]
Kraft BBQ sauce, .14 or free [Smiths - see previous post on this blog for coupon info]
85% lean ground beef, 2.19/lb [Maceys]
Western Family shredded cheese, 32oz, 3.99 [Maceys]
yellow onions, .33/lb [Maceys]

Electrasol for $.49 through Sunday

Electrasol is on sale at Smiths this week for $2.99 for the 20ct gel packs, powerball tabs or 75oz powder/liquid. There is a coupon for 2.50/1 in the 4/19 SmartSource insert, which makes these $.49 each. That is a fabulous deal! [Note that the coupon expires Sunday, 5/17, so you'll have to get your Electrasol before then.]

Grocery stores don't often stock a lot of these kinds of products at once, so they go fast when there is a good deal like this. If you go to get some and they are out of stock, don't fret - you can take a copy of the Smiths ad to Walmart and price match! They should adjust the price down to the $2.99 and STILL allow you to use the manufacturer coupon.

[This is corporate policy and should be followed at every store, but like most things, your mileage may vary - I have had problems with various "interpretations" of coupon policy at Walmart. If you want to be sure, go in and ask to speak with the front-end manager first. Explain that you'd like to price match an item and then use a manufacturer coupon and ask him or her if they will allow that.]

First Aid Kit at Costco


I saw this first aid kit at Costco yesterday, for $14.99. Sorry the pictures aren't better - the display was up high and I couldn't get a clearer picture.

Free Kraft BBQ Sauce

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Smiths had bottles of Kraft BBQ sauce on sale this morning for $.89 each. (The Smiths on 54th had a huge end-aisle display full of them this morning.) There is a .75/1 coupon for them in the SmartSource 5/3 insert. Use this coupon and that makes them .14 each.

Or, if you go to GrocerySmarts.com and go to the GroupA printable coupons, there is a 1.00/1 coupon for the BBQ sauce. Use this coupon and that makes them free! (You'll need to combine it with other items though, as the coupon will create .11 overage and you'll need to apply that to another item or have them adjust the coupon amount down to .89.)

I did not check to see what size the Kraft BBQ sauce was - the SmartSource coupon states that it must be used on an 18oz. or larger bottle. I think those were the ones that were on sale, but I'm not sure, so if anyone goes to get some and finds that the bottles on sale are less than 18oz, please let me know!

Free milk with purchase of GM cereals - TODAY ONLY!

This looks like a holdover from a promo last week...

In conjunction with this week's General Mills promotion at Albertsons, but for today only, it looks like if you buy 4 boxes of certain GM cereals, you'll trigger a catalina coupon at checkout good for 1 free gallon of milk! With coupons (SS 4/5 or SS 5/3), and if you do the cereals as part of the Buy $10 Save $4 promo, the cereals are $1.17 each, plus then you get free milk.

It appears that Trix and Cocoa Puffs are included, but Reese's Puffs are not. I have no information on any others that may or may not be included, so your mileage may vary...

UPDATE: It appears that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is also triggering the free milk coupon.

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/13

I just have to say that I had a blast thing morning with this sale - I feel like I got some really amazing deals, and I love it when grocery shopping is actually "fun"!

Here's what I got:


(4) boxes GM Trix cereal
(4) boxes GM Reese's Puffs cereal
(2) boxes Kellogg's Mini Wheats cereal
(2) boxes Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal
(2) boxes Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal
(2) boxes Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
(8) boxes Kellogg's Pop Tarts (12ct)
(2) boxes Suddenly Salad pasta salad
(2) Green Giant Fresh Steamers vegetables
(2) Yoplait Yo-Plus yogurts (4ct)
(3) Philadelphia cream cheese, 8oz
(2) Fresh Express salad mixes
(2) Guerrero tostadas, 24ct (I forgot to add these in for the picture)

Everything had coupons (see the lists at GrocerySmarts.com or PinchingYourPennies.com for specific coupons). Plus, I used a $10 catalina from last week's Johnson&Johnson promo.

Total: $21.19

PLUS, I got a $2.00/5 GM cereal coupon AND (much to my surprise) a catalina coupon for a FREE gallon of milk! But wait - it gets even better... All of the GM cereals I bought had an ad on the box that said you had a chance to win a cash card inside. I never win those things anyway, but I decided I'd look in the boxes just in case...


Out of 8 boxes, 2 of them had gift cards, each for $5! The cereal paid for itself!!! :)

I was so excited about the free milk and the possible gift cards that I went back after lunch for more GM cereals. [Definitely qualifies me as a crazy coupon lady...]

On trip #2, I bought 20 boxes of GM cereals. I paid $23.90 after coupons (I did not use the gift cards) and got 3 free milk coupons. I have yet to open the boxes to see if I got any of the gift cards...

No one is entirely sure on the details of the free milk catalina. I know it triggered on the cereals I bought this morning, but others on the forums are reporting that it either didn't trigger for them or it triggered for different amounts. What I DO know is that today is the last day for the promo. It seems to be triggered for every 4-5 boxes, but not all varieties are included, so your mileage may vary.

What I'm Buying - Sunflower Market 5/13

I've been meaning to stop in to Sunflower Market now for months, but have just never gotten around to it. This morning I had time to kill before picking my son up at preschool, so in to Sunflower Market we went.

Here's what I got:


Do you like the cat in the background? :)

(4) 1lb containers strawberries
(4) 5.6oz containers blackberries
6.75 lb bananas
(2) cartons soy milk
(2) green bell peppers
(1) red bell pepper
(1) yellow bell pepper
(1) orange bell pepper
(1) head green leaf lettuce
(1) Cook's Illustrated magazine

I did not use any coupons.

Total: $22.87

What I'm Buying - Smiths 5/13

Here is my trip to Smiths this morning:


(4) boxes Electrasol All-in-One dishwasher tabs, 20ct
(2) gallons whole milk (I picked up the Smiths brand by mistake - the Mountain Dairy is .20 cheaper)
(2) super-saver packs beef chuch roast (9 lbs total)
(1) whole young chicken (6 lb total)
(4) Oscar Meyer lunchables

I used (4) 2.50/1 Electrasol coupons.

Total: $28.90

Lists of Suggested Items for First Aid Kits

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Here are some additional lists of suggested items you should include if putting together your own first aid kit(s). With the remaining days in this week's assignment, go through these lists and make plans to include any items that you think would be important that we have not yet included.

Red Cross: Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

Ready America: First Aid Kit

FEMA: First Aid Kit

WebMD article: Be Prepared (page 2 has itemized list)

Remember, your first aid kit(s) can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them.

A Word on Albertsons Double Coupons

Monday, May 11, 2009
Here are the "rules" on the doubles coupons:

1. Three doubles coupons per family per shopping trip.
2. Coupon to be doubled may not exceed $1.00.

So, you can use up to three doubles coupons per transaction, and can double manufacturer coupons that are up to $1.00 in value. But, you may not use more than 3 doubles coupons in any transaction. Each store may interpret the "per shopping trip" part differently. Some are allowing you to go through the line once with your three doubles, then go out to your car, and then come back in to do another trip with three more doubles. But some stores may not allow this - you'll need to check with the individual store.

The doubles coupons are only valid through Tuesday, May 12.

Here are some additional ideas on using your doubles coupons:

Buy (6) Bar-S 16oz. jumbo franks, on sale Buy 1 Get 1 Free

That makes the price 2/$2.29. There is a coupon in this last Sunday's RedPlum insert for $1/2 Bar-S franks. Use three coupons (for a total of six packages) and three doubles coupons. The hot dogs will be $.15 each (plus tax)!!!

Buy (3) Breyers ice creams, 1.5qt, on sale for $2.50

Use three coupons from the Unilever RP 4/5 for $.75/1 Breyers ice cream. Combine this with three doubles coupons and you'll pay $1.00 each (plus tax) for the ice cream.

Buy (3) Suave deoderants, 2.6oz, on sale for $1.66

Use three coupons from the RP 3/29 insert, for $.75/1 Suave deodorant. Use three doubles coupons with this, and you'll pay just $.16 each (plus tax)!

Or mix up the above in other combinations.

From the Kraft promo:
Buy (4) TreeTop apple juice, 64oz, on sale 4/$10 and part of the Kraft promo

Use two coupons from the SS 3/29 insert for $1.00/2 off TreeTop 100% juice products. Combine that with two doubles coupons and the $3 you'll save for the Kraft promo, and you'll pay $.75 each (plus tax).

There are many more options. For a great list of doubles options put together by the fabulous folks at PinchingYourPennies.com, check HERE.

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/11

I went to Albertsons this morning to take advantage of some great deals with the doubles coupons that came out in Sunday's paper.


(2) Kraft mayo, on sale for $3.99
(1) CapriSun Sunrise, 10ct, on sale for $2.49

These were all part of the current Kraft promo, and totaled just over $10, so I got an instant savings of $3 at the register, no coupon required. Then I had (1) $1 off coupon for the CapriSun (SS 4/19) and (2) $1 off coupons for the mayonaise (SS 4/26). I doubled each of the three coupons, for an additional $3 savings.

Total: $1.60 (saved $10.30)

In the end, the CapriSun was free and the mayo was essentially $.75 each. One caution on the mayo - don't stock up too much unless you use a lot of it, because it doesn't have a very long shelf life. The ones I bought this morning both have expiration dates in September '09.

Coupons for 5/10

Saturday, May 9, 2009
This Sunday's [or Sunday Preview's] paper has 2 coupon inserts: 1 SmartSource and 1 RedPlum. Also included in the paper is a 1-page ad for Albertsons. At the bottom of the ad are three "doubles coupons" you can use to double the amount of a manufacturer's coupon up to $1.00.

Pre-Assembled First Aid Kits

Friday, May 8, 2009
Here are more ideas and options for pre-assembled first aid kits:

At REI.com - LINK

At REI-OUTLET.com - LINK

At RedCrossStore.org - LINK

At Amazon.com - LINK

Coupon Preview for 5/10

Here is a link to the coupon preview for this Sunday's paper, at TaylorTownPreview.com. Coupons and coupon amounts will vary from region to region, so this is only a list of "possibles".

Items for Week 7 Assignment


You can get travel sizes of most major pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve), or sometimes even individual 2-pill packets. This Tylenol came from Walmart and was just under $2 (ugh, expensive for 10 pills). I saw the individual packets of medications at ShopKo this morning. They even had individual doses of DayQuil, too. They ranged from $1.25 to $1.99 (for 2-4 pills) depending on the medication. Sometimes you can find coupons that you can use on these. (The Tylenol not usually, but I was able to get Advil in the little travel vials for free at the beginning of the year with coupons - too bad I have since lost them in the storage heap in my garage...)

I like the chewable version of the bismuth tablets because they are smaller and lighter than carrying around one of the bottles of liquid. They do make a children's strength in chewables as well.

The insect repellant and sunblock came from Walmart. I found them up at the registers. It's not my first choice for insect repellant - I'd really like to find some individually wrapped towelettes to save space and weight, but I haven't had much luck finding those yet, so this will do in the meantime. I'm betting a sporting goods store would have some, so I'll be checking for those this week.

The sunblock was just under $2, but there is a coupon in this last Sunday's SmartSource insert (5/3) for $1/1 Banana Boat sunblocks that you could use on this. I have also heard a rumor that this small size is available at Target in the travel-sizes section for $.99 (I haven't been there to find out for sure yet). If that's true, then you could use the $1 off coupon and get some for free to include in your kits.

Week 7 Assignment - First Aid Part 2

We're going to continue with our first aid items this week.

If you are putting together your own kits, add the following items to at least one:
  • tweezers
  • (2) pair non-latex gloves
  • pain reliever/fever reducer (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.)
  • anti-diarrhea medicine (include child-strength medication if you have kids in that age-range)
  • cold medications (again, include infant or child-strength if you have children in those age ranges)
And whether you are putting together your own kit or have bought a pre-assembled one, add the following (if not already included):
  • a 3-day supply of any prescription medications currently being taken
  • sunblock
  • insect repellant
  • any other medications you feel you or your family might need
  • small vial of consecrated oil*
For those of you with advanced medical training, you might consider including additional items beyond the basic first aid supplies.

*Even if you do not have a priesthood holder in your home or family, it's a good idea to have some of this with you - you never know when you might need a blessing and will be able to find priesthood holders but no oil...

Coupon List

Thursday, May 7, 2009
If you've ever wondered if you had a coupon for a particular item, or remembered seeing a coupon somewhere but just can't seem to find it now, the wonderful people at PinchingYourPennies.com have compiled a list of current coupons and where to find them in the inserts.
Coupon List

First Aid Resources Online

Here is a link to online tutorials and resources for basic first aid topics:

Mayo Clinic

What I'm Buying - Smiths 5/6

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Here is my trip to Smiths this morning:

(4) boxes Kellogg's Corn Pops
(4) boxes Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
(3) gallons whole milk
(2) packages Smiths flour tortillas
(1) carton Daisy sour cream (24oz.)
(1) carton Kroger cottage cheese
(3.5) pounds bananas
(1) 10# bag russett potatoes
(2) 3lb rump roasts
(1) 3.5lb package petite sirloin steaks

Total: $41.41

I had $1.00 off coupons for all the cereal, and a $.50 coupon for the sour cream.

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/6


Here is this morning's trip:

4 bottles Kraft BBQ sauce (18oz.)
6 cups Kraft Easy Mac

Total: $1.21 + received a $2 Catalina coupon good off next shopping trip

I did this transaction twice.

I hope that it doesn't seem like I'm trying to brag by posting the results of my shopping trips. That's not my intention at all. But if that's how it's coming across, please someone be kind enough to tell me.

First Aid Items on Sale at Albertsons 5/6 through 5/12

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Albertsons will have some good deals on some first aid items and over-the-counter medicines this coming week.

Here is a link to the list [provided for free, by the amazing people] at PinchingYourPennies.com. Sale starts Wednesday.

Week 6 Assignment - Continued

Monday, May 4, 2009
So, if you're putting together your own first aid kits, let's focus on including these basic items this week:

  • alcohol and/or antiseptic wipes [to clean the wound]
  • antibiotic oitment [to treat the wound]
  • assorted sizes of adhesive bandages [to protect the wound]
Unfortunately, with the current H1N1 flu scare, this is a difficult time to be hunting down first aid supplies. I don't think there is a bottle of hand sanitizer in any store in the state...masks and non-latex gloves are gone too, as well as most antiseptic wipes.

I did see alcohol wipes at Walmart on Saturday - they were $1.14 for a box of 100 (they are by the diabetic supplies - on the top shelf). So try to at least get these included in your kit, although you will probably have to wait several weeks if you want antiseptic wipes. Just put them on your shopping list for later. And we'll at some point need to add non-latex gloves, but those are going to be hard to find for awhile, too.

What is the Right Way to do Food Storage?

Well, all I can tell you is that there is no "right way". To be most effective, food storage and emergency preparedness should be based on the individual needs and circumstances of each family. The closest you'll get to a "right way" is by following the counsel of the prophet and other leaders of the Church. But they will generally not give you item-specific lists or details. Why? Because they expect you to take the principle of preparedness and apply it to fit your family's own situation.

We have been counseled to be prudent and to be prepared. We have been given four general guidelines:

  1. Three-Month Supply
    "Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet...These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage."

  2. Drinking Water
    "Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted."

  3. Financial Reserve
    "Establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount."

  4. Longer-Term Supply
    "For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans."
    (All is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage)

Notice that there are not many specific details given. That part is up to us.

Also notice under the "Longer-Term Supply" it states "where permitted". That applies to "where permitted by law" but it also means "where your circumstances will permit". The Lord knows our circumstances. He knows if we are without space in our home or apartment to store a full year's worth of supplies. He knows if we are limited by our current financial resources. He expects us to do all that we can, but He doesn't expect us to do more than we are able. If we are faithfully doing our part, even if it means we can only store one week's worth of food because of space, or cost, or other reasons, as long as we are doing it diligently, He will make up for the rest.

Please keep in mind as we go through these assignments, that the information here is just a "suggested" course of action. Please feel free to modify as needed for your individual or family circumstances. And please feel free to share examples or ideas or suggestions you might have. There is no one standard "right way" for everyone to do this - the only "right way" is whatever way works best for you and your family!

Here is a link to a great article from a recent Ensign.

First Aid Kits - What I'm Thinking of Doing

I really like all of the three larger kits I mentioned previously - they are well-organized and well-stocked. The Red Cross kit is a bit big, and since I'm putting together backpacks for our 72-hr kits, it won't really fit inside a backpack (it was originally purchased to go in the car, but then we got home and found that we already had one buried in the trunk). SO - since I've already got it and don't want to waste it, what I'm planning to do is store the large red Red Cross kit with the 72-hr kits (but not inside one), and then also include some basic first aid items in each individual backpack (bandaids, antibiotic, acetaminophen). That way, if we have to evacuate on foot and I cannot carry the large first aid kit along with everything else (my backpack, my water jug, baby, baby's bag, baby's water jug, etc.), or if any in the group are separated, we will each have at least some basic supplies with us at all times.

I also plan to keep a small toiletry bag with medications in it, in one of the 72-hr kits. I have a small bag with kids' medicines that goes with us on trips, and I want something similar to include with the 72-hr supplies, with medicines for children and adults (to cover all members of my family). Having a kid get sick on a trip with no easy access to medications was a difficult experience for all involved, so I can only imagine how much more miserable it would be if we were in an evacuation-type situation and one of us got sick and we had no medicine. I won't be able to store medicines for every possible illness (space and weight restrictions) but I do want to have some basics.

First Aid - Basic Supplies List

Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here is a brief list of the basic supplies you'll want to have for your first aid kit (whether you make your own or buy a pre-assembled one):

  • assortment of bandaids and bandages
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antiseptic wipes or wash (like Bactine or iodine)
  • pain killer/fever reducer*
  • antidiarrheal*
  • alcohol wipes
  • tweezers
  • non-latex gloves
*If you have children at your house, make sure you have these in a child-resistant container. Kids find their way into the darndest things...Well, really, all of these things should be kept where kids cannot get to them.

Beyond the basics, you might want to include:

  • medical scissors
  • cloth tape
  • hot/cold pack
  • ace bandage
  • triangular bandage
  • thermometer
  • cortisone cream
  • insect sting relief
  • finger splints
  • cotton-tipped applicators (Qtips)
  • gauze pads
Additional items to include (that won't come in most pre-assembled kits):

  • 3-day supply of all prescription medications for each family member
  • cold medicines
  • children's medicines
  • sunblock
  • insect repellant

First Aid Kits - Sample Ideas 2

I guess you could say I'm kind of a first aid geek...I have quite a collection. :)

We have 8 first aid kits around the house in various places. Plus I have a whole drawer upstairs full of bandaids and bandages and other supplies, as "extras".


Here's where they all go:
  • kitchen
  • garage
  • emergency kit
  • cars
  • upstairs bathroom
  • C.E.R.T. bag
  • diaper bag

This is the one I keep in the kitchen. It gets used a lot for the everyday scrapes and cuts that occur. I also keep a bottle of antiseptic wash with it.

You can get the newer version of it, with 170 pieces, at Walmart for $9.00 (a great price). They had a whole bunch in the main aisle by the pharmacy/medicine section of the store when I went the other night.

This is the most recent addition to the collection. I grabbed this one at Costco for $17.99. I believe they are still available in the store, or online.

It is set up almost like a notebook, where the supplies are in pockets on "pages" and the instructions and list of items are on the facing page. This kit is quite comprehensive for a family first aid kit, and even includes a rain poncho, emergency blanket, light stick, drinking water, hand warmers and other items.

The other two large kits you see in the picture are similar, and have similar items to the Red Cross one above. These are the two we keep in our cars. I picked up the green one a few years ago at Sams Club, and the red one came from either Sams or Costco (I don't remember which). They were about $15 each.

The square plastic container with the blue-rimmed lid is one that I put together myself about 6 years ago, when we put together our "emergency bucket". It has lots of stuff, but it's not well-organized (everything is just thrown in there all together), and the plastic container makes it heavy and hard to pack in tight spaces.

The grey box is my first aid kit from way back in my Girl's Camp days... The ziploc bag has items put together for my C.E.R.T. bag (I was very fortunate to be able to go through Community Emergency Response Training through my employer several years ago). The small white mini kit is one that I have kept in diaper bags/purse. (See previous post for contents.)

Walmart had at least 6 different types of first aid kits available when I went the other night. They ranged in price from $5.88 to $18.46. There are a few available in the pharmacy section, but there are more located back with the sporting goods (camping supplies).

First Aid Kit - Sample Ideas

Saturday, May 2, 2009
First-aid kits are kind of tricky things - they are really only as useful as the person's knowledge who is using them. What I mean is, you can have a first-aid kit with TONS of stuff in it, but if you don't know what to do with that stuff or how to use it, it does you no good. So, in a certain sense, in order to be most effective, first-aid kits really need to be tailored to the people who will be using them. Because of that, I can't really give you an exact list of what you should put in or look for in a first-aid kit. I will give you lots of suggestions, and then you can choose what you'd like to include that will meet your (and your family's) needs.

Here are some ideas for very basic "kits" to get you started:


Neosporin has come out with a little "first aid case" container, with a .5oz tube of Neosporin ointment and 3 BandAids. They are $3.86 at Walmart, plus you can use the $1.00/1 Neosporin product coupon from last Sunday's paper, making them $2.86 plus tax. There is ample room to include a few more bandaids and a small travel-size bottle of Advil or Tylenol (the ones that hold about 10 pills).

Johnson & Johnson makes this little mini first-aid kit. You can find it in the travel items section at Walmart for $.97. (And sometimes you can find a Johnson&Johnson $1.00 coupon online, which makes it free.) It comes with a gauze pad, 2 cleansing wipes, and several bandaids.

I added a few items to one, and you'd be surprised what you can fit in there. I added a little mini bottle of hand sanitizer (don't remember where I found it), a travel-size bottle of Advil, some alcohol wipes, an extra gauze pad, and some additional bandaids.

The lid closes, but just barely. :)

So, even if you just did something like this, or just put a few items in a ziploc bag, you'd still be better off than not having anything at all.

I'll give you some lists for additional items, and show off some options for more complex first-aid kits tomorrow.

What I'm Buying - Walgreens 4/28

Here are the results of that BandAid sale I told you about earlier in the week:



I did two transactions, each with:

(2) boxes BandAids, on sale for $3.00
(1) .5oz Neosporin ointment, on sale for $4.00

I had (2) $1.00 off coupons for the BandAids, and (1) $1.00 off coupon for the Neosporin.

Total: $7.68, and I got a Register Reward for $4 off my next purchase.

So for everything in the picture, I paid $15.36, and got $8 off my next purchase (I bought some cold medicine that we needed).

Now, you might notice that $3 for BandAids and $4 for Neosporin isn't exactly a screaming deal on it's own...what made the deal a good one was the $4 Register Reward off my next purchase combined with the $1.00 off coupons for each item. When you figure that $4 Register Reward back into the original price, it made each item $1 (plus the tax).

Week 6 Assignment - First Aid Kit, Part 1

Friday, May 1, 2009

The next thing I'd like to add to our 72-hr kits is a supply of basic first-aid items. There are so many options for this, but I'd really like to start small and simple. There are two approaches:

  1. Purchase a pre-packaged first-aid kit(s) to include in your 72-hr kits; OR
  2. Begin assembling your own first-aid kits to include.

There are pros and cons for each, and neither is necessarily better or worse than the other. The important thing here is that you get SOME kind of basic first-aid supplies included in your kits.

If you'd like to go with option 1, I will post info on some first-aid kits that I have found around town or online and we'll talk about what things you should look for.

If you'd like to go with option 2, to start, get a quart-sized ziploc bag for each kit you're preparing and put in an assortment of various sizes of bandaids (5-10 will do). Make sure to label the bags with the name of the person whose kit it is going into - not all of the first-aid kits will have the same items when we're finished.

Then stay tuned, there is more to come...

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 5/1

Yup, I went to Albertsons - AGAIN ... :) Wasn't planning on going this many times, but then Albertsons surprised everyone and put out some double coupons in Wednesday's newspaper. Combining the doubles coupons with some great coupons I got in January, together with the current P&G promo, made for some great deals.

Transaction #1:

(2) 6 Mega rolls Charmin Ultra
(3) cans Pringles SuperStacks (bigger than the normal can)
(1) Secret anti-perspirant/deodorant

I had $1 off coupons for all items (from a previous P&G coupon promo back in January), and used 4 double coupons (they came in Wednesday's newspaper). I also used a $5 off coupon from a previous promo (ConAgra promo last week at Albertsons).

Total: $8.12 and got $5 Catalina coupon (for the P&G promo)


Transaction #2:

(2) Tide 2x Ultra, 100oz (64 loads)

I used (2) $1 off coupons (again, from a previous P&G coupon promo in January), (2) doubles coupons (Wednesday's newspaper), and the $5 off coupon from the previous transaction.

Total: $14.49, and got another $5 off coupon

This has been an unusual week (in many ways) and I have been to more stores than I care to count (ok - 9 trips total). For those of you just starting out, don't panic! You do not have to make multiple trips to multiple stores every week just to get good deals and save money on groceries. This was not a normal week for me, and I do not normally make 9 trips in one week. Usually, I go to two stores, do it in less than 2 hours all in one morning, and then I'm done for the rest of the week. So I'm definitely ready to have a couple "normal" weeks again... :)

Week 6 Assignment

The assignment info is forthcoming - I just haven't had time to finalize it and post it yet. I will try to have it up later tonight.

Coupon Preview 5/3

There will be three coupon inserts this weekend - 1 SmartSource, 1 RedPlum, & 1 Procter & Gamble.

Here is a link to the list of individual coupons. (Just remember, coupons vary by region, so we may not get all of the coupons you see listed, or we may get them in different values than what is listed.)

Kellogg's Pop Tarts


Item: Kellogg's Pop Tarts

(lots of various varieties)

Cost: ?

Nutrition Information (Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon)
Serving Size 1 Pastry
Servings Per Container 6-12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Total Fat 7g
Sodium 170mg
Total Carbohydrate 34g
Dietary Fiber less than 1g
Protein 2g

Since they're packaged in twos, serving info should really be 420 calories, 14g fat, 1g fiber, 4g protein.

There are also the higher fiber versions now.


Item: Kellogg's Pop-Tarts 20% Fiber

(select varieties)

Cost: ? for 8

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 Pastry
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Total Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrate 34g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 3g

Since they're also packaged in twos, count them as: calories 380, fat 10g, fiber 10g and protein 6g.

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Fiber One Toaster Pastry


Item: Fiber One Toaster Pastry

(Brown Sugar, Chocolate Fudge, Blueberry, Strawberry)

Cost: ? for box of 6 (3 2-packs)

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 pastry
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Total Fat 4g
Sodium 150mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 4g

Since these are packaged in twos, that's how I would include them in the food kits, so really you should count these as 380 calories, 8g fat, 10g fiber and 8g protein.

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Quaker Oatmeal to Go Bars


Item: Quaker Oatmeal to Go Bars

(Oatmeal Raisin, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon, Cinnamon Apple, Raspberry Streusel)

Cost: ? for box of 6

Nutrition Facts (for Oatmeal Raisin variety)
Serving Size 1 Bar
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
Total Fat 4g
Sodium 230mg
Total Carbohydrates 43g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 4g

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Emerald Breakfast-on-the-Go Trail Mix


Item: Emerald Breakfast-on-the-Go Trail Mix - Berry Blend

(Dried Blueberries, Dried Strawberries, Glazed Walnuts, Roasted Peanuts, Dried Cranberries, Yogurt Raisins and Granola Clusters)

Cost: $3.98 (Walmart) for 6 individual pouches (2.25oz)

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1 oz
Servings Per Container About 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
Total Fat 6g
Sodium 45mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Protein 2g

One pouch is two servings, so calories for one pouch would be approximately 240, with 12g fat, 4g fiber and 4g protein.

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