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Step right up - deals!

By now anybody whose been reading the main blog here the last day or so should be more than familiar with the (currently out-of-stock) Walgreens canned ham deal.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/celebrity-boneless-cook-ham-with-natural-juices/ID=prod2065446-product

Since stocking up on good deals when they appear is really a "Preparing Accordingly" type of activity, I checked out this forum thinking there might be a topic where good deals on items online or otherwise might be found.  Didn't see one.

So, thought I'd start one and see where it goes.  Maybe nowhere, maybe not.

The idea would be whenever somebody finds an exceptional deal on any 'Preparing Accordingly' appropriate item, put a link to it here, not just in the main blog where it's liable to become lost in the shuffle.

This doesn't necessarily have to be food either.

If I had one to share, I'd kick it off with that, but other than buying a dozen hams myself yesterday and suggesting that anybody who hasn't get on down to their Walgreens & buy the limit, I'm out of ideas.

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Another website with the Celebrity Hams

ok, it's the same ham, not quite at the wallgreen price. I'm also not sure of their shipping price.

http://www.philamfood.com/CELEBRITY-HAM-12OZ.html

Disclaimer, I've never bought from this site before.... there's 69 left...

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I don't get the fascination with these hams . . .

Y'all ever ate one?  They're um, interesting.

Spend the money on gas to your most local pasture/sustainable farming pork-raising and on-site curing Farmer and make a new friend. 

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Walgreens

Though I received my 12 hams in the mail, I decided to stop in the local Walgreens and see if I could pick up a few more.

Not only did I get an additional six for the same $2.29 (they had no limit of three), there were plenty of other really good deals there too, canned Chicken of the Sea salmon was about 1/2 the price, as was honey and cream of mushroom soup.

We stocked up on all sorts of stuff - wife was impressed!

Head on down to Walgreens!  Who knew they were such a good place to stock up on supplies?

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Walgreens has

great couponed sales on their mandarin oranges and mushrooms, as well.  Just have to find the right week on sale.  Thanks for the thread!

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Walgreens

There can be some super deals in each weeks sale flyer, but watch out!  They are designed to just draw you in and then maybe you'll buy some other impluse stuff which is usually double the price.

If you stay disciplined, and stick to the sale items, you can make a killing each week at Walgreens.

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Family Dollar/Dollar General/Aldi

Get familiar with your closest Family Dollar, Dollar General, or Aldi store.  For basic food items, cleaning supplies, and paper products the everyday prices are hard to beat, plus they have weekly sales also that put things even cheaper still.

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tread_w_care wrote: Y'all

tread_w_care wrote:

Y'all ever ate one?  They're um, interesting.

Spend the money on gas to your most local pasture/sustainable farming pork-raising and on-site curing Farmer and make a new friend. 

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Cheap food is cheap for a reason. You get what you paid for. Sure there are "deals" now and again, but pay now or pay later.

If you're absolutely convinced you'll be immersed in a post-apocalyptic nightmare in the near future, then spend the money on learning how to feed yourself with food from the local environment including finding a network of farmers who will need YOU as badly as you need THEM. Once your canned nitrate snacks are out, what then???

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Nothing wrong with any of those suggestions…

And while I agree that canned hams aren't the most healthy items in the pantry, they sure beat the hell out of going hungry in a pinch.

We have a garden and go to the farmer's market weekly.  This year, unfortunately, our garden loved to vine and grow but it didn't particularly care to fruit and produce.  Don't know why, just the breaks.  We'll set out a fall garden in a bit and keep our fingers crossed.

We dehydrate and can as much as we can, and pickle, and freeze.  We also try to get freshly processed meat from local farms.  I think it's all good when you get right down to it.

And as far as Walgreens and Aldi's & the like are concerned, hey, I got a great deal today on honey at the Walgreens, and the canned salmon contains two ingredients - salmon and salt, so there are healthy items to be had wherever you look for them.

One more resource - we have an Amish community not too terribly far from where we live, and once every other month or so we make the trek there and load up on staples for dirt cheap - 20 lb bags of flour for about $4 & the like.

And don't get me started about the virtues of having a bread machine.  Why everybody doesn't have one and use it all the time is beyond me.  I take a generic bread recipe, add cracked wheat to it, then throw in a generous portion of freshly chopped basil from our garden (we got basil, luckily), and some garlic, and the family goes ape for it - like nothing you can buy from the store, and pennies on the dollar to make.

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I LOVE canned ham.  It's

I LOVE canned ham.  It's great for cooking.  ANd no matter what you are making, you don't have to add any salt ;)

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I may have posted this before

I may have posted this before in another thread, but I found good deals on long term storage food and supplies as follows (YMMV):

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/  (grains, beans, supplies incl. grain mills)

http://www.bulkwholefoods.com/ (grains, beans, etc.)

http://www.aaoobfoods.com/ (grains, beans, etc.)

http://www.beprepared.com/ (buckets, mylar bags, O2 absorbers, etc.)

http://www.usaemergencysupply.com/ (gamma seal lids)

Surprisingly, I scored a better deal on 25# bags of organic beans at my local Whole Foods Market over what I could get delivered from internet dealers.

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"Hampede"

If you keep up on the regular threads, you've probably already seen this, but if not, Walgreens still has the $2.29 12 oz ham deal going on.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/celebrity-boneless-cook-ham-with-natura...

We used one of these last week in some mac & cheese & it was just fine - very tasty.

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Hampede PROBLEM

Sorry, looks like they are enforcing a limit of 3 on the website.  Which is not enough to get free shipping, and I can't find anything else on sale that looks good enough to make it all worthwhile.

They do have a coupon code "SALE10" which would give you $10 bucks off if you get up to $40 worth (you'd already be into free shipping by then), but honestly, besides the hams everything else looks so overpriced I still don't see it being a good deal.

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You'll need something to slice your ham

I just picked up 2 of these (pice shown is for 2).

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=442686

These Mora knives have really good reviews and the price is definitely right.  If you're in MN, they have a retail store you can drop in and forget about shipping.

You can also split wood with it, along with other uses.

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You'll also need a way to cook your ham

I was thinking about how I would be cooking stuff for SHTF.  When I backpack, I love my Soto 0D-1R (http://www.rei.com/product/785338/soto-od-1r-micro-regulator-stove).  My typical MO is freeze dried meals, filtering water on the trail to minmize how much water I'm actually carrying.  For SHTF, I question my ability to have a months supply of those mini propane canisters lying around.  This, though, makes perfect sense.  Under $20, ultralight, can be combined with a great pot so you can boil water for a couple dudes, and fuel is found wherever you have trees.\

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=27176&disable_pagination=1&id=sPbzKEXy:97.116.172.119

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slvrdroid wrote: I was

slvrdroid wrote:

I was thinking about how I would be cooking stuff for SHTF.  ...

http://www.sunoven.com/

or make your own (less efficient, but cheaper) with cardboard and tin foil:

http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Solar_Cooking:Frequently-asked_questions

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Cookers

Bern,

Thanks for the link to all the solar cooker plans.  I'm going to make one & see how I like it.

Another way to cook in a SHTF type situation would be the use of rocket stoves.

There was a thread about a week ago about StoveTec rocket stoves:

http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/forum/2171/stovetec-rocket-stove

And these look really interesting.  You can't back pack with 'em, but if you have a reasonable supply of wood or charcoal, you can pretty much cook whatever you like with 'em whenever solar cookers aren't usable.

http://www.stovetec.net/us/index.php

Here's a video review (this is the older design):

And here's a short video with the new model:

The most expensive model they sell is $129.  Not much fiat at all as far as I'm concerned.  I don't have one yet, but getting one is definitely on my to-do list.

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Big Lots

We find all sorts of good deals at our local Big Lots. Though not as good as the Walgreens $2.99 canned ham, they regularly have deals that are almost as good on all sorts of canned & boxed foods. Just a few weeks ago we stocked up on a bunch of Bear Creek Chili & Gumbo mixes for $1.49 each ( they're usually around $6 at the regular grocery store) and got a large box that contained 30 Quaker instant oatmeal/nuts combo breakfasts for $3.00. Not bad!

If you check in every once in a while you can sometimes get pretty phenomenal deals there on food stuffs.

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Mudsharkbytes wrote: ...

Mudsharkbytes wrote:

... Thanks for the link to all the solar cooker plans.  I'm going to make one & see how I like it. ...

FWIW, I own a Sun Oven and have used it.  I was amazed that I could cook a pot of chili in the dead of winter when it was right at freezing outside.  I've also cooked a "paella" using the sun oven.  It's pretty nifty.  Just put the ingredients in the pot and let it sit outside for an hour or two. 

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Sun Ovens

Love the idea of these ovens, but living in overcast Oregon pretty much eliminates their use  for 10 months per year or better.   That is, unless you tell me they do work, just take quite a bit longer.   Anyone tried them on an overcast day?   Thanks

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No love for Amazon Subscribe

No love for Amazon Subscribe and Save?

I'd say a good 90% of my food stack is done through S&S. Not only do you get 15% off, you set up delivery in 1,2,3,6 month delivery intervals. And if you don't want to repeat, just cancel. Shipping is always free and fast, too. [sorry that just sounded like a commercial]

The best deal I ever got was a 12 bar pack of Scharffen-Berger 82% chocolate (easily the best commercially-distributed dark chocolate you can buy) for under $20 (retail is $4-5 each). I kick myself everyday for not buying 10 of those as I eat like one a day. 

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