Best Food Storage to Buy in August 2011

July has been a busy month for me. I’m excited to announce the birth of my first grandson, Andrew, born early at 32 weeks. He is doing well in the NICU, and we are so glad he is here. Between this, and girl’s camp earlier this month and getting teens ready for trek, I’ve had little time to write posts. However, I want to share the stock-up list for August.

The focus for August is fruits and vegetables, and a few lunch items. Normally, next month we would focus on the Utah case lot sales, but Macey’s is having their sale this week starting on Wednesday, August 3rd. So in an effort to keep everyone happy, I’ve created a list that should work wherever you live. Because some of you are great at canning, and some of you are not, I suggest you focus on the following items whether you buy them or can them yourself. My favorite canning site is

The cost for the “Food Storage Items” is $25 per person. Additional items on the list will cost you more. Next month I will focus on different items you can buy at the other case lot sales.

Also, see my Mega Case Lot Sale price list (next post). This list will help you compare prices at Macey’s, Sam’s Club/Costco, Walmart, and the LDS Home Storage centers. I’m all about saving you money. Try to match coupons to sales to save money as well. And if you can store more than a 3-month supply for your family, go for it.

The August List

STEP 1: 3-Month FOOD STORAGE SUPPLY – Fruits and Vegetables
(Suggested amounts are for 1 adult)
CL = case lot sale, WM = Walmart, SC/CC = Sam’s Club/Costco

1. Decide on a monthly food storage budget
2. Choose a few items from the list that you want to focus on
3. Multiply list amounts by # of family members. Adjust amounts and items for younger children
4. Each week look at your grocery store ads for items on sale that match your goals
5. Carry your list with you, or put it on your cell phone notepad

Fruit, 12×15 oz. cans (CL)
Vegetables, 12×15 oz. (CL)
Applesauce 3×15 oz. cans or 45 oz. (CL or WM)
Raisins 16 oz. (SC/CC)
Green chiles 1×4 oz. can (casCL or WM)
Mushrooms 1×4 oz. can (CL or WM)
Peanut butter 32 oz. or 2×18 oz. (I am waiting for Smith’s sale)
Jam/Jelly 32 oz. (CL or WM)

Great Buys at Macey’s!
Aug. Farms Whole or Scrambled Dry eggs #10 can $11.99
Aug. Farms Dough Enhancer $3.59
Aug. Farms Banana slices #10 $4.99
Vanilla, imitation 32 oz. .99
WF Refried beans 16 oz. .59
WF Chili w/beans 15 oz. .79
WF Assorted beans 15 oz. .50
WF Apple juice or cider 64 oz. $1.25
WF Ketchup 20 or 24 oz. .79
WF Olives small 6 oz. .79
WF Pineapple various 20 oz. .88
WF Peaches, pears, fruit cocktail 15 oz. .79
WF Applesauce 15 oz. .50
SureSavings Pears or Peaches 29 oz. .99
WF corn or green beans, various 15 oz. .50
WF mushrooms 4 oz. .59
WF chiles 4 oz. .50
Hard White or Red Wheat 50# bag $11.99
Hard White or Red Wheat 45# pail $15.99
Aug. Farms Oatmeal 50# bag $19.99
WF Instant Oatmeal 10 ct. packets $1.19
WF Albacore tuna 5 oz. .97
Aug. Farms TVP #10 $7.99
WF Pasta 3 lb. $1.99
WF Mac & Cheese .35
Campbell’s Spaghettios .50
WF Beef or Chicken Broth .50
WF Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup .39
WF Cream of mush or chick soup .50
WF Brown or Powd. sugar 2 lb. $1.25
WF tomato sauce 8 oz. .25
WF tomato paste 6 oz. .39
WF tomatoes various 15 oz. .50
WF grape or strawberry jelly 32 oz. $1.99

NON-FOOD ITEMS (per family)
Facial tissue
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Canning supplies (if you didn’t get last month)

72-HOUR KIT (per person)
Emergency contact list
Jeans or pants

Family tent (watch sales)
Mess kits
Calamine lotion
Eye drops
Cold pack

Walking shoes
Multi-function pocket knife
Tire pressure gauge

Store a 2-Week Supply of drinking water, which is about 14 gallons per person. If you’ve already started this, continue to add to your supply. For drinking, that is about 4×24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles per person. You may need more for hygiene and cooking which you can store in other containers. Always keep stocked up on water. You can’t live without it.

Each week add some money to an emergency fund. Decide on a do-able amount and set up weekly transfers from checking to savings. Or put aside your loose change in a jar. Whichever way you choose to save, use it only for emergencies.

1. Can fruits and vegetables
2. Rotate water barrels
3. Update emergency contact list

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