Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food Storage Frugal - Stock Up Items For This Week

Just received my Aldi sales ad and noticed the fruit sale. I have heard from other sources in the news and from www.hotcouponworld.com that now is the time to stock up on a few things while the prices are still relatively low:

Apples. There is some concern that apple growers set the bar low on prices because the initial outlook for crop yields were going to be higher than anticipated, so new crop apples flew out the door at prices unseen of in ages. But then late fall weather caused some crop loses. (Heard that phrase anywhere lately?) So we are going to see apple prices creep back up to ensure there's product until the next harvest. If you can get apples under .70/lb then it's a good time to think about freezing, drying or canning apples.

Fortunately, Aldi has their apples (Gala, Granny Smith, Red and Golden Delicious for .99 per 3lb bag. That's .33 per lb.

Another item to stock up item is orange juice. With the crazy weather in Florida lately (reports of snow and freezing), orange and orange juice prices are likely to skyrocket while concentrate available to bottlers depletes.

Aldi has navel oranges for $1.29 per 4lb bag, pineapples .99 each, pears .99 for 28oz pkg, and grapefruits .25. At prices like these and knowing the possibility of rising prices, I plan on stocking up. Maybe I could peel the oranges and grapefruits and section them. Throw them in freezer bags and freeze. I wonder how these fruits would taste after freezing. Pears could be pear butter. Pineapples and apples could be dried.

Do you have any ideas about how I could preserve these stock up items?

Also, chicken continues to be the meat of choice for deal hunters. It is versatile, lean and right now, cheap at .79/lb at Sav-u-mor this weekend.

Dairy is going up. Milk is now up from $1.99 to $2.29 at Aldi. Eggs are $1.19. So those prices are on the way up again. Walgreens have their large eggs for .99, limit three dozen. That's the place to get your eggs this week.

Thanks to hotcouponworld for the info and our local stores for the sales. I hope you can find good deals near you.

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