Stocking up the pantry with Christmas Clearance

I’m focusing on stocking up the pantry in the new year 2012.  I’ve started early.

With all the Christmas sales and holiday clearance finds, I’ve been able to get a good start on stocking up my pantry with some basic canned food.

Look for these canned food items now:

  • canned pumpkin
  • canned chicken broth
  • canned milk
  • canned veggies:  corn and green beans specifically
  • canned milk

I found chicken broth clearanced out at Walmart for $.25 cents a can!  The good stuff that was normally over a $1 a can.  I bought a big case of it for $6.

I’ve seen several grocery stores run excellent deals on canned vegetables.  Walmart  and Kroger had canned corn and green beans for $.44 cents a can as an unadvertised deal last week.

Many stores will be clearancing out their holiday stock now.

As the year comes to a close, look for clearanced out holiday themed food items.  Check out this Christmas Clearance Prep List for more tips on stocking up on clearanced holiday themed items at Target.

Grocery Trip This Week: Free Pasta and Saved Over $100

I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a long time.  Yesterday afternoon was the first time I made a large grocery trip since before the baby was born (almost 8 weeks ago).  For this grocery trip, I wanted to go to Publix to take advantage of the .59 cent lb turkey deal I read about on I Heart Publix and also pick up the free pasta this week. 

I made my list, printed off my coupons and loaded up the kids. 

I ended up with a ton more stuff than shown in this picture.  In this picture,  I ended up with 21 boxes of pasta all for free.  Actually better than free…because I earned over $6 in overage and free pasta!  All the Quick Cook pasta had .50 cent peelie coupons stuck to the boxes…which doubled to $1 off each box.  Yippee!  The Cheerios were a great deal too because they ended up costing $.99 cents a box with the sale and the peelie coupons. 

I also bought 5 turkeys at .59 cents a pound……and a bunch of other stuff! 

I was very happy to have a truck load of groceries for $129.50!

The 6 week slow down…

I’m slowing quite a bit in this last 6 weeks of pregnancy.  I have a few, actually a lot, of household goals this month that I still am wanting to get accomplished before the baby comes as well as getting my pantry stocked a bit more this month.  So I’m taking some time off from blogging over the next month or so…it will be very random when I do post ;-) 

Ohhh yeah…and school starts back this month!!!  I’m a little overwhelmed at starting school and having a baby at the same time, however, I’m trying to be ultra proactive in being more organized than normal.  This week, I’m gathering school supplies, making meal plans for the next month and altering my schedule to work with my down time. Lately,  I’ve learned a lot from some more experienced homeschooling moms which has helped me put a lot of things in perspective.  We’re excited about the upcoming school year, the coming fall weather and the arrival of the new baby. 

Publix Weekly Ad 4/14 – 4/20

Here are a few great deals I saw for the new weekly Publix ad starting 4/14-4/20. 

Mueller’s Pasta, Assorted Varieties, 12 or 16 oz box or 100% All Natural Whole Wheat Pasta, 13.25 oz box (Excluding Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, and Noodles) BOGO $1.29
-$.55/2 Mueller’s Fettuccine or Your Favorite Mueller’s Pasta. Valid 4/1/10 – 4/30/10 – Plan on Pasta 2010 Calendar
Mueller’s Pasta
Mueller’s Whole Wheat

Arnold Whole Grain Bread or Grains & More or Country, Assorted Varieties, 24 oz loaf, BOGO $3.69
-$1/1 Arnold premium brand breads – 03-28-10 SS
Buy 2 loaves of bread, use two $1/1 coupons and get bread for $.85 cents a loaf!!!

Sparkle Paper Towels, Pure White Giant Rolls: Pick-A-Size, 2 roll pkg, $1.99
-$.50/1; $1/1 Sparkle Paper Towels, Any 2-Giant Roll Package Or Larger – 02-14-10 RP
Using the $1/1 or the $.50 doubled, get a 2 roll package for $.99 cents!

Scotch Brite Scrub Sponges, Heavy Duty or No Scratch: Multi-Purpose or Greener Clean Natural Fiber; or Delicate Duty Sponge or Dobie Cleaning Pad, 3 ct pkg, 2/$5
     -$1/2 Scotch-Brite Greener Clean products, any (2) – 04-11-10 SS
     -$.75/1 Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge, Scour Pads, Dishwand or Dishwand Refills, Any – 03-07-10 SS
     -$1/1 Scotch Brite Product
Use the $1/1 and get two 3 count packages (6 sponges)  for $3.

Remember the Scotch Brite single pack sponges are around $1 or under at Kroger, Target and Walmart too.  To score free sponges, use the $1/1 Scotch Brite product printable coupon.   

For more weekly Publix deals, check out I Heart Publix

Stock Your Home Pantry Store with Free Light Bulbs from Target!

Here’s an item we’re always running out of:  Light Bulbs!  You can’t do much better  than free?!?

Buy 1, 4-Pack of GE Reveal Light Bulbs at $2.14 (on price cut)

Use $1/1 coupon from 1/3 SS (smart source insert)

Use $1.50/1 Target web coupon

Final Price = FREE

Even if you do not have the manufacturer coupon from the Smart Source insert, using the $1.50 printable from Target brings the final price to .64 cents!! Great deal.

Target has changed their coupon printing rules.  You can only print 2 prints normally…sometimes the limit is You might ask friends or family to print a coupon for you to use!

Your Pantry Home Store

I’ve written in the past on building your own pantry home store.  So what is a pantry home store?  Everyone will have a slightly different definition of what a home store means to them.  For me, my pantry home store is my grocery and household supply stock that is in my home and not at the grocery store.  I want to free myself from the dependence of the 24 hour stuff-mart and save money buy buying these items at rock bottom prices and building a home pantry with them.

It may take a while to get a nice well-rounded stockpile of groceries and supplies. My goal is to continue to grow my stock and have a well-supplied home store from which to pull.

Over the years I can not begin to count the number of times that I have been out of items and purchased them at regular price just because I was unprepared and needed it. Currently, I am working on building a stock of items that I regularly keep at home to avoid those panic times of being out of necessary items like baby diapers or bathroom tissue. It is a “Think Ahead” strategy of always being prepared that has escaped our modern mindset of always thinking it-will-be-there-when-you-need-it.  Not only am I wanting to stock up when a product goes on sale, but I am wanting to have a cushion supply of items for those rainy days.

1.) Start collecting coupons for items you use. If you have the time, collect coupons for things that you would buy if they were outrageously cheap or free.

2.) Learn the coupon policies for the stores in your area.

3.) Watch for store sales and trends. Even without coupons, store sales are an excellent way to stock up. I recently purchased 5lb bags of potatoes for $1 a bag. This week they have a sale on bags of onions for the same price. Being that the cooler weather is moving in, root vegetables will keep for longer periods of time in a basement or in a garage.  Also, as you begin to strategically shop, you will notice certain items go on sale seasonally.  For example, canned milk is usually a really great deal around Thanksgiving to Christmas time.  Other baking items are also great deals this time of year.

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