It’s the holidays and it is a great time to get all those fixings for some rich and decadent meals. Fred Meyers has a a “New York” cut roast that cut and retied to the bones for $3.47 a pound. Super easy to season/spice and then roast in the oven, 5-6 pounds for about $20.00. Heck you can spend that for a delivered pizza! I’m not sure about you but if I have a choice between a New York cut and a delivered pizza I know what I will choose for my treat. Another multi tasker food because I can take the bones to make a nice rich beef stock or make a Yorkshire pudding. Talk about a little bit of heaven for the taste buds. Fred Meyers also has the Rib eye roasts for $5.47 a pound, a 3 pound roast for about $20.00 can easily feed 6-10 people depending on the menu. I will be getting one of these for New Year’s eve as this is my thing to do for Dad (his birthday) and the family.
Turkeys are starting to come down in price and was only .98 cents a pound at Freddy’s with a coupon. I will pickup at least one for the freezer and I’m hoping to get two small ones for about $25.00. Yeah, that’s over $60.00 for just meat for one person’s shopping list for just one month. I use turkeys for my “pot luck” meals and at worst a person could have over 3 pounds of meat each week for a month, with the purchase of a single 12 pound turkey and a bit of cooking and preserving knowledge. I still need to add a bit of bacon so about $80.00 total for meat and I don’t need anything but I’m buying Cat food (40 pound bag $20.00), a few doggie treats($5.00) and some paper towels and Toilet paper on sale at Big Lots ($10.00). So I’m still under my $125.00-150.00 budget for grocery shopping.
It looks like I will be putting off the purchase of the portable propane water heater for about week, so I can take advantage of getting all that meat on sale. The water heater and pump are still a “nice to have” item, not a need to have. I want to have plenty of meat stocked up now because I think the price will go up a lot in the spring because of the poor corn and hay harvest in the Mid-west last year and the resulting spike in feed costs. Because of prepping I can adjust my shopping list very easily to adapt to what is on sale weekly or monthly. I think I’ll pick up a small Ham radio from Amazon. I can use it to listen for now and then work on my Ham license in 2013. That should cover most of my communication needs short term and get me started on a longer term solutions. Price for the Radio is $54.00 at Amazon. com
After the 1st of January I will start the “Holiday” food bin started as I think we are going to see some great sales. All of the canned goods will last a year or two and no fighting the barbarian hordes shopping at the last minute will be worth it. Plus if the SHTF we can still celebrate the Holidays. I don’t think the world will end but I think we are going to see a decline in the economy and the stuff we need to live go up in price. I want to get the most for my dollars now and have it already on hand. Rather than believe the BS that things are getting better in the economy. If I’m wrong the worst thing that happens my freezer and pantry are stocked and I don’t need to worry about any minor/local disasters and not shop for a few months if everything in the world is fixed by the PTBs. If I’m right well I’m as ready as I can be for things going to crap. That’s a Win/Win situation in my book!
I’m not sure why people who don’t prep assume those that do prep want to see a collapse happen. Oh I will admit to a few occasions of wanting to say “I told you so” during a small disaster. But I have never wanted to be so wrong in my life if an “Economic collapse” or “Carrington” type event happens. Most preppers I know sweat working, learning and go without the goodies that most folks consider daily needs. I know quite few that get mad on occasion for waking up and would like to go back to being a sheep and told what to do, think and act. But like Pandora’s box once your eyes are opened it is darn hard to shut them again.
Update: Big Lot’s is having a sale on Toilet paper and Paper Towels ! 24 Double rolls of TP and 15 rolls of Paper towels only $8.00 each package. Good until the 24th of Dec.