Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Stocking up for Winter 2008
Stocking up for Winter can mean different things for different people. If you live in a very cold and snowy area, its serious business for you! If you live in a more moderate weather area, you might not even consider it.
There are two things that have reminded me that I need to get more serious about stocking up for our winter. First of all, Coleen left a comment on a previous post asking if I was planning to stock up for winter. Here and here are some posts from last year showing my winter stock up.
Secondly, this past weekend our time returned to standard time and I realized that when I get off work in the afternoon, its nearly dark, especially if its a cloudy, rainy or snowy day! I definitely don't want to have to worry about running to a grocery store in those conditions. I need to go straight home.
I already have a good start as you can see from this picture. My little "pie safe" is full. It definitely needs to be organized and some of these cans were purchased for my Church's food pantry. I'm sorry to say I forgot to take them for the past two Sundays.
I have already stocked up on lots of canned items, such as beans, corn, green beans, tomato products, spaghetti sauce, soups, rice, pasta and peanut butter. There have been unbeatable deals on canned items recently and we bought lots. This is the most economical way to stock your pantry. Only buy what's on sale and when its on sale, buy several.
My plan for this week is to organize the pie safe and figure out how many more of the items I've already bought that I need more of.
Also, what would I want to have on hand if we were snowed in or just had some bad weather, such as a Nor'easter? Snow is not too common here, but when it comes, trust me, you do not want to be in a North Carolina grocery store when its supposed to snow or if we are having a hurricane!
So with that being said, I would want to have a couple of gallons of milk and a couple of loaves of bread in the freezer. We would like to have some of our favorite canned foods and some snacks. I would want to make sure we aren't ever close to running out of something we really need or want, such as coffee, creamer, medications, gas in the car, etc. There are also those emergency items, such as bottled water, batteries, candles, matches and a hand held can opener.
Putting this post on paper (well on the computer screen) has helped me to start thinking about these things and to get them done. I hope you have been motivated a little too! Stocking up for winter, or any season, is a great way to save money, stress and time in the kitchen!
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