Posted by: thesavinghabit | April 21, 2011

Stocking up for Hurricane Season

With hurricane season approaching, this is a good time to review the principles of stockpiling.  Some of you may have seen TLC’s new show “Extreme Couponing”  and may have a misconception of this concept.  I am not promoting “hoarding” a year’s worth of supplies. However, there is much to be said for a reasonable stockpile of products.  Hurricane season is a prime example. For those of us who have lived in S. Florida, or other hurricane zones, for a few years, I’m sure you understand! 

 Now is the time to start stocking up on certain non-perishable items. Canned items such as tuna, vegetables, etc. become essential when you end up without electricity for several days. Hurricane Wilma still remains vivid in my mind. While many people were scrambling to find food they could eat, we were well prepared with our camping equipment, some propane, and a reasonable supply of non-refrigerated items.  It is also a good time to minimize the items in your freezer. Go through it and make a list of what is in there, and try to utilize what is there before buying more. While avoiding buying freezer items, it allows you more of your grocery budget to stock up on the non-perishable items without over-extending your grocery budget.  If hurricane season passes and those non-perishable items were not needed, you can then use your extra grocery money to restock the freezer without having to purchase canned goods later.

 In today’s economy, saving money wherever possible has become an essential for many people.  Grocery prices continue to rise and yet incomes are not.  However, good prices are available if you take a few minutes each week to plan your shopping.

 In my experience, there are two main things you can do to really stretch your grocery budget.

 Stock up on nonperishable items when they are on sale so you never have to pay full price for them.  Sales are usually on an 8-12 week cycle, so purchase enough to get you through 12 weeks if possible so you are not paying full price in between sales

  1. Save coupons and look for printable coupons to add to the sale prices to provide you an even bigger discount. 

There are many more tips that help but focusing on those two is a great start.

Now on to some great deals!

Know the Lingo

BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Now for some other good stuff!

All You Magazine May Coupon List – FrugallyThrify has been kind enough to provide us a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine that hits the newsstands soon.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for less.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals – Iheartthemart.com has a list of the Walmart deals starting 4/23. You can find the list here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

 Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

 Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

 ***Check your store for the newest coupon booklets as shown here and here.

***Also, store ads from last week extend through Saturday due to Easter. ***

 For Publix “Super Deals” for 4/14-4/23/2011, please click here.

 For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 4/14-4/23/2011, please click here.

 For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

 Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

E-Book now available!

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here

 Kindle book now available!

My book is now available for the Kindle! Please click here!

Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

 “Copyright © Renita R. Perrone All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article on your website without alteration (excluding the weekly deals)  if you include this copyright statement and leave the hyperlinks live and in place.” http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com

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