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Old 12-16-2013, 08:56 AM   #61
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Buy as needed...I like fresh foods.

TP & non-food, larger qty's.
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Depending on where you shop and what you shop for, you can save a lot of money by stocking up on items that you use that are on sales. Grocery stores generally (I'm sure there are exceptions but I'm talking about in general) cycle products in terms of when they are on sale. So there will usually be a time within a 12 week or cycle when something is at its lowest price. If it is non-perishable it makes sense to buy those things in bulk then (consistent with how much storage you have) rather than buying them, say, once a week when you pay an overall larger price.
This is pretty much what I do. I live in a small apartment so I have little storage space but I do stock up on the food items I use often, especially if they are non-perishable or can be frozen. The most important item I look for when it is on sale is boneless chicken (cutlets) because I can save $20 when I load up on them when it is on sale. But if I lack the freezer space at the time I still have to forgo buying those packages.

From a practical standpoint, I try to keep a little extra in inventory in case I can't get to the store (bad weather, usually) or in case the store is out of the item (which happens with one or two items). I go to the store every 10-14 days but once in a while it is a little longer than that. (I have a local minimart I can get my milk from in case I run out of only that.)
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:16 AM   #63
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I live less than 2 miles from the grocery store that I frequent. Things that spoil are usually bought as needed. If there is a really good price on meat, we will sometimes buy, vacuum seal, date and freeze. Items with very long shelf life are usually stock up things when prices are good.

If the zombie apocalypse arrives, I have enough toilet paper and bourbon to last a good while. I also have stocks of other less important things like canned food and basic cooking supplies. :-)
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This thread reminds me a cute movie, Blast from the Past, where a family hides in its well stocked bomb shelter for 35 years. Hilarity ensues.

I am not worrying about the zombies because they don't eat food anyway. So we have maybe a week's worth of staples on hand but prefer buying what catches our eye every couple of days. We don't have any ammo either for the relic we inherited, but bullets don't work on zombies so we should be good there too.
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... but bullets don't work on zombies so we should be good there too.
Not to hijack the thread, but what does work on zombies? Does one have to use a machete or explosives?
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Not to hijack the thread, but what does work on zombies? Does one have to use a machete or explosives?
Squash racquets and golf clubs, per Shaun of the Dead.
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Um, okay. Now back to groceries...
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Squash racquets and golf clubs, per Shaun of the Dead.
Hopefully I'd have more success clubbing zombies than I do hitting golf balls.
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I've never been to Aldis, had the impression they were just canned foods. I'll check it out. Thanks for information.
We don't stock up much now. I go to grocery at least twice a week for fresh food. We did for Y2K, had lots of gas for our Ford 8N. Lots of food, water, and yes reloading supplies(still stay stocked on those).
After a recent ice storm, while I was in hospital 3 days, it stunk coming home to not as much food as I would have liked. Quick run to grocery store to restock some stuff, that was no fun. Feeling like I was going to fall over at any moment, but I need to get food, bs to that. We will start keeping more on hand.

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Squash racquets and golf clubs, per Shaun of the Dead.
They do a lot of running away in the Simon Pegg movies, too.
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No Aldi's in my hood... Not even sure if they're in my state...

I agree that Costco has some of the best prices on organic stuff...

I shop at costco and sprouts (a produce place). We make an effort to cycle things through. We have limited pantry space, and no second freezer... We do buy things like organic diced tomatos in cases of 8... but we use them often when fresh tomatoes are out of season. We move the older stuff forward in the make-shift pantry, when new canned goods arrive. Same with the freezer... cycle the older stuff to the front when we load in the newly purchased stuff. No issues with finding really old stuff buried that way.

I stock up on some items that I get annoyed when they run out. My preferred brand of toothpaste isn't sold at costco so I keep an eye out for a sale end buy in bulk when the price dips.

I have two boys (tweener and teen) that eat a lot and drink milk in vast quantities... so we have to shop weekly - and infill with milk from Sprouts during the week.

My goal has been to make more "real" food vs relying on processed food - so we're now buying flour, beans, etc in bulk. They're stored in bins on top of the fridge.
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I stock-up on paper goods at Costco but that's about it other than the occasional super sale on meat we enjoy. We do have a separate freezer but it mostly contains the homemade chicken stock I make from carcasses and frozen leftovers of our main dishes for DH to eat when I'm traveling up north to see my mother.

I am pretty good now about planning well enough to avoid emergency runs to the store during the week.
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We are stocker-uppers. When there is stuff on sale at silly low prices I buy with both hands. Due to grocery store promotional pricing, I now have 8 turkeys in my basement freezer awaiting my attention. .
Turkey is my favorite protein so I absolutely stock up on it when it is 59 cents a pound. I've made 7 turkeys so far, and another will be made tonight. I roast, debone and freeze (1/2 a turkey per freezer bag). I have a small cube freezer and a deboned turkey takes up surprisingly little space. Meat is one thing I always stock up on when it is on sale. Thankfully the amount of space available limits how much I can store otherwise I'd probably overdo it
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...I am not worrying about the zombies because they don't eat food anyway...
But, but, but that's the problem! Only if zombies would eat food, then I would be able to satisfy them with stuff that my wife chokes our refrigerators and pantry with.

Anyway, I have been able to get my wife to stop buying meat for a while, so that we can go through what we have frozen and see what already gets freezer burn and what has not. She did not label anything, so I said we should just thaw a pack of mystery meat and I will think of a dish once I find out if it is beef, pork, or chicken.
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I have a system on keeping correct inventory on meat in the freezer since I buy by 1/2 pig, 1/4 cow etc. I have extra large ziplock bags and mark them with numbers, and put different cuts of meat in them while I keep track of what I put in in each numbered bag in a piece of paper. I have a sheet just for pork and I have a separte *beef* sheet. If I want to eat ground beef for example, I look at the beef sheet and find bag numbers with ground beef, and find the right bag in my chest freezer. It's easier to plan meals too since I can see what I have on just two sheets of paper (for pork and beef). I'm sure this system would work with many other types of foods. I initially thought keeping the inventory up to date was hard, but it hasn't been at all (this is my 3rd year.)

I am otherwise not a very organized person...(I sometimes find mystery items in my fridge!)
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I hunt and fish, she shops and won't clean fresh caught fish.

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Anyway, I have been able to get my wife to stop buying meat for a while, so that we can go through what we have frozen and see what already gets freezer burn and what has not. She did not label anything, so I said we should just thaw a pack of mystery meat and I will think of a dish once I find out if it is beef, pork, or chicken.
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I hunt and fish, she shops and won't clean fresh caught fish.

Last zombie I killed was done in with a Walther P99 9 mm Luger.
Her rule, any fish or game had to look like it came from the store before it came in the house. Wife was happy to go fishing, I just had to bait hooks, remove fish, clean fish, all the work of the sport. Never cleaned a zombie.

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Her rule, any fish or game had to look like it came from the store before it came in the house. Wife was happy to go fishing, I just had to bait hooks, remove fish, clean fish, all the work of the sport. Never cleaned a zombie.

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Sounds familiar. DW does not want to see or be around when I am cleaning fish, although she will eat it. Game is required to be cleaned in the field, and if it has/had fur she will not eat it. Have not brought home frog's legs or a snapping turtle, so no idea whether they will pass muster.
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Well, it is all readily available... until it is not. It is a trivial cost to hedge against shortages, supply chain disruptions, natural disasters, etc. so I am happy to do so. YMMV.
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Several events that have affected friends and acquaintances (not me fortunately) have made me think that having one to two weeks worth of food and water at home is worth the effort. The reality is that in the case of a major natural disaster, we may have to go without help for a week or more. If it occurs in the cold, wet, dark winter, the problems can be even more sever.
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