Items To Stockpile In April

My stock-up price is when an item is 60% -75% off regular price and for the most part everything we buy goes on sale every 3-4 months. But there are products that only go on sale certain times of the year and become extremely cheaper compared to normal. Here are items you need to stock up on during the month of April!

  • Easter Leftovers- With Easter just ending, you will find many stores marking leftover candy, dye kits and decorations down to at least 50% off all the way up to 90% off! This is the time to pick up all your decorations and dye kits for next year! Candy can be used for craft projects, upcoming parties or just to pig out on!
  • Spring Clothes- Remember back in January when you started seeing bathing suites and spring clothing? Well now that those items have been in the stores for several months, retailers are now marking those items down to make way for summer items! So hit the racks for all your spring attire at a great discount!
  • Some Electronics- Spring seems to be the time of year when manufacturers roll out the latest tablet or even sometimes phones. So as long as you don’t need the latest model, then check out the older models for deep discounts! Retailers will start slashing the prices of these items to make way for the new!
  • Seasonal Produce- There is certain produce items that are plentiful this time of year which means great pricing for you! Find recipes that you can incorporate these items into your daily meals or freeze some of these items to make them last even longer! Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Chives, Horseradish, Lettuce, Limes, Oranges, Papayas, Peas, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Sweet Onions and Turnips.

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Power Outage- How Long You Have To Keep Your Frozen Stockpile!

Power outages seem to happen fairly often in our neck of the woods. So knowing how long we have before all of our frozen stockpile items have before they need thrown out, is a great tip! Thanks Mindfully Frugal Mom!

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Items To Stockpile In September

My stock-up price is when an item is 60% -75% off regular price and for the most part everything we buy goes on sale every 3-4 months. But there are products that only go on sale certain times of the year and become extremely cheaper compared to normal. Here are items you need to stock up on during the month of September!

  • Back To School Items- school has most likely already started so stores are wanting to get rid of all the Back To School items they have left over. These things range from paper, pencils, crayons, markers, dorm room items, backpacks, clothes and uniforms.
  • Lunchbox Favorites- Juice Boxes, Lunchables, Pudding Cups, Peanut Butter, Fruit Snacks & Fruit Roll-ups.
  • Breakfast Foods- Waffles, Cereal & Pop Tarts
  • Gardening Items- Most people have put away their gardening tools and have finished their season of growing new plants. But if you know anything about gardening there are some plants that are great to start planting now and to start collecting seeds for next year. Stores are quickly getting rid of items like garden hoses, seeds, planter boxes & containers and necessary items to maintain a great garden, to make way for their holiday items coming in. This is a great time to snag cheap garden items for your next growing season!
  • Canned Goods and Soups
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Seasonal Produce- There is certain produce items that are plentiful this time of year which means great pricing for you! Find recipes that you can incorporate these items into your daily meals or freeze some of these items to make them last even longer! Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Apples, Onions & Bell Peppers.
  • Diabetic Items- Meters, diabetic foods and other diabetic products.
  • Outdoor Items- Anything for the patio, grills, etc is getting clearanced out right now to make room for all those holiday decorations. Take advantage of these great sales!

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Things To Stockpile In February

When I first started using coupons and building my stockpile, I had no idea when to buy products or when to ever expect them to go on sale. After a good year of this, I started tracking what went on sale when and quickly learned when to buy the products that my family needed.

My stock-up price is when an item is 75% off regular price and for the most part everything we buy goes on sale every 3-4 months. But there are products that only go on sale certain times of the year and become extremely cheaper compared to normal. So I thought I would share with you some items that you should stock up on and get the lowest price on during the month of February!

  • National Snack Food Month
  • National Can Food Month
  • Jell-O Week (2nd week) is also on February
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Black History Month
  • President’s Day
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • Chinese New Year
  • Valentine’s Day Items- the day after Valentine’s Day stores will mark down all Valentine’s day items and candy, within a few days they will be practically giving the stuff away, this is the time to stock up for next year. Especially on items like Valentine’s Day Cards- with 3 kiddos in school and all of them exchanging cards, they can get expensive at $3-$4 each box. I wait til they hit the clearance shelf and pick them up for around .25 a box. This way I can grab 4-5 boxes so our girls can pick and choose which ones they want to give out, plus this allows me to send in extra with our girls for class mates that may not have any to exchange!!
  • Can Food Items- With it being National Can Food Month, you will see a lot of these items dropping in price, stock up on the can food you need!
  • Breakfast Foods- Waffles, Cereal & Pop Tarts are all on sale as well as oatmeal and sometimes sausage or bacon
  • Chinese Food- Foods that are Chinese inspired- Soy Sauce, Noodles, etc
  • February Fruit- Strawberries
  • February Veggies- Asparagus and Potatoes

  • Adult Romance Products- Romance is in the air in February, but after Valentine’s Day, no one is buying this stuff any more. So stock up on all the unmentionable love products (KY, etc) that will quickly be hitting the clearance racks after V-Day!

  • Exercise & Healthy/Diet Items- Everyone has broken their New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat better, meaning stores are left with stuff no one is buying any more. Stock up on protein bars for the kiddos soccer games, buy that new treadmill you wanted but couldn’t swallow the regular price tag that came with or find some cute workout outfits!
  • Super Bowl Items- Now that all the hype of the Super Bowl is over, you can grab some really inexpensive football accessories and football inspired kitchen accessories!

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Things To Stockpile In September

When I first started using coupons and building my stockpile, I had no idea when to buy products or when to ever expect them to go on sale. After a good year of this, I started tracking what went on sale when and quickly learned when to buy the products that my family needed.

My stock-up price is when an item is 75% off regular price and for the most part everything we buy goes on sale every 3-4 months. But there are products that only go on sale certain times of the year and become extremely cheaper compared to normal.  So I thought I would share with you some items that you should stock up on and get the lowest price on during the month of September!

  • Back To School Items- school has most likely already started so stores are wanting to get rid of all the Back To School items they have left over. These things range from paper, pencils, crayons, markers, dorm room items, backpacks, clothes and uniforms.
  • Lunchbox Favorites- Juice Boxes, Lunchables, Pudding Cups, Peanut Butter, Fruit Snacks & Fruit Roll-ups.
  • Breaskfast Foods- Waffles, Cereal & Pop Tarts
  • Gardening Items- Most people have put away their gardening tools and have finished their season of growing new plants. But if you know anything about gardening there are some plants that are great to start planting now and to start collecting seeds for next year. Stores are quickly getting rid of items like garden hoses, seeds, planter boxes & containers and necessary items to maintain a great garden, to make way for their holiday items coming in. This is a great time to snag cheap garden items for your next growing season!
  • Canned Goods and Soups
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Seasonal Produce- There is certain produce items that are plentiful this time of year which means great pricing for you! Find recipes that you can incorporate these items into your daily meals or freeze some of these items to make them last even longer! Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Apples, Onions & Bell Peppers.
  • Diabetic Items- Meters, diabetic foods and other diabetic products.

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Ways To Save- Add Dates To Your Stockpile

How many times have you planned to use an item in your stockpile, only to start dinner and realize the product is expired or it has gone bad? Well here is an easy way to make sure you use your food before it goes bad or expires!

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Getting Started 101: I Can Freeze What?

There are many things that you can freeze! With getting ready for my Bulk Cooking Day, I have been checking through old recipes and notes that I have made over the years of things that freeze well. Here are a few I thought you may want to try…

All fruits and vegetables should be washed before freezing.

  • Cheese- bars, sliced or shredded- If you are making a cheese tray I would not use frozen cheese, you can taste a little difference after it has been frozen. Most of the frozen cheeses I use for cooking- grilled cheese, manicotti, lasagna, toppings on cooked foods, etc.
  • Canned Biscuits- will not as rise as a can of un-frozen biscuits but taste the just as good
  • Eggs- whisk together, put into ice trays, freeze, remove from ice tray and store in zip lock bags until needed up to 6months, refrigerate to thaw
  • Hot Dogs
  • Yogurt or Gogurts
  • Cookie Dough
  • Butter
  • Bread
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Garlic and Ginger
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fruit- Oranges and any Berries are the best
  • Fresh Vegetables- (cook these for 2-3 minutes and then cool before freezing- peas, broccoli, celery, spinach, corn (remove from cob), carrots) good for 4-6 months
  • Onions- peel and chop- good for 2-3 months
  • Peppers- cut and remove seeds

Fresh vegetables in a zip lock bag with seasoning and/or butter are great. When you start dinner you can pull out as many you need and pop them in a pan and reheat, they are basically finished, no prep time. This is great if you have older kids or a husband that has to cook on their own. They just pull out what ones they want and reheat in a pot. You did all the work but they can help fix dinner. (Think Green Giant Steamers, just made with fresh products you prepared-great if you have a garden and want to keep some of the fresh items you grew!)

Homemade items freeze very well also. Here are a few to try……

  • Muffins
  • Biscuits or Dinner Rolls
  • Pancakes or Waffles
  • Lasagna
  • Manicotti
  • Any meats- Chicken, Hamburger, Pork Chops, Ribs, etc.
  • Vegetable Soup (don’t add potatoes if you are going to freeze it, they taste different after they have been frozen- I will usually cut up some the day that I reheat it and add it to it, cook until they are soft)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Spaghetti Sauces
  • Cakes (just wait to ice them until you want to eat them)
  • Tuna , Chicken or Ham Salad (go easy on the mayo, mayo tends to separate when frozen)

A lot of the items above can be made in advance and then just reheated when you need them. This will save you time and money. There use to be so many times that I would want something to eat for breakfast, say pancakes, but I knew we were in a hurry and I would not have time to make them. So we would leave a few minutes early and just stop at McDonald’s or somewhere to grab breakfast. If you have pancakes already made then just pop a few in the microwave and that’s it, breakfast in just the time it takes to reheat in the microwave. Time and Money saved!!!

Don’t Freeze

  • Mayo (tends to separate, if your recipe calls for it, try to use as little as possible)
  • Potatoes
  • Sour Cream

These are all items that I have used and tried. As I find more items that freeze well I will add them to this list.

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FYI……..
According to Thrifty Puppy…….
You can freeze milk as well…just make sure you pour a little out before sticking it in the freezer. Otherwise, it will expand when it freezes and bust the carton.

Thanks for the extra info!!!

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