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My preferred method of shopping is "pre-shopping" by going online and searching for the ads and specials from my neighborhood supermarkets (from which I have about a half-dozen to choose) and comparing them against my lists of staples and "what I need, now". I don't have the room, the money, the means of defense, or the means of transportation to be a "prepper" nor do I have the room to store spares of high-volume, low-use staples. For example, we rarely have more than three packages of whole-wheat pasta one of them started in the apartment, and anything larger than a five-pound bag of onions (which I use almost every day) can go bad on me if I'm not making soup, stew, or chili that week.
That said, sometimes it's cheaper overall to purchase larger amounts than smaller ones. If I need two pounds of potatoes for Shepherd's Pie, it's cheaper for me to buy a five-pound bag at $1.29 than two pounds of loose potatoes at $.69 a pound. If the remaining three pounds of potatoes go bad on me, I'll still have saved nineteen cents. If I choose to use the rest of the potatoes with a roast, meat loaf, or stew, I've come out ahead of the game.
This doesn't mean I don't cook ahead or plan ahead. I make stews and chilis in batches that can be frozen as individual servings the homemade version of "TV dinners", if you will. When family-sized roasts and London broils go on sale, I'll make one up, slice up the whole thing, and freeze some in individual serving sizes so The Other Half can take it for lunch. Sometimes I'll slice up the meat before cooking, add in a small amount of soy-and-five-spice marinade, and freeze it so I have pre-marinated meat for stir-fry...and sometimes some the rest of those potatoes will join some of that pre-cooked roast beef to make homemade hash.
For those of us who use coupons, there is a way we can support dLife by couponing. It's called "Common Kindness", and it's a web site that features coupons whose manufacturers (and stores) pay to advertise on the site. The revenue from the coupons you clip goes to charities you specify. Two of the charities listed are the dLife Foundation and the Diabetes Research Institute. Please consider joining the site, following @CommonKindness on Twitter, and supporting dLife, DRI, and/or other organizations of your choosing.
Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life. (Read More)