I went to Cash & Carry to pick up the rice and saw a fantastic sale on pasta. While there were all types of pasta I got the orzo 10 pound box for $1.99. I picked up 2 boxes for myself and got Mom a box, heck you can’t buy the flour needed to make pasta at that price. Some people don’t recommend storing pasta but I’m not one of them. I like how with sauce, veggies or leftovers you can make up a quick and easy meal in just one pot if you have too. I think that many people tend to under estimate how much physical energy is required to just maintain a somewhat normal daily routine in the event of disaster, I know I did before my water tests. So having simple and easy to make meals should be a part of your food storage plan. Plus that 10 pounds of pasta will make about 50 servings, not to bad a return for spending $2.00.
Swung by Paul’s grocery store and picked up another 12 pack of “fiora” toilet paper $2.98 with coupon, A couple of the pork roast for a $1.68 per pound and some Popsicle for a treat. I think the Popsicle are becoming an addiction if a cheap one. I’m trying to warn everyone I know to stock up on food before this summer as I think the prices are going to go a lot higher. I’m focusing on the saving money aspect rather than an economic collapse. I think I have been a bit to strident for some people but one person said they have an area perfect for stocking up and I gave her a few more ideas and a bit more of the “how to prepare” information. So I tell 15 people to stock up and maybe 8 will buy a little extra of the food that is on sale and I help 1 person that wants to get truly prepared. Not a great ratio but much better than zero.
Stopped by the beer lady and got a big bag of barley for beer making. Deb, the gal that owns Nampa Brewers is having a “Brew in a Bag” (BIAB) Demonstration on the 3rd of May. Deb is not sure if the person that was giving the demo will show up as he has a bit of a sinus infection. So I told Deb if Mom will move the canning chicken project to Sunday I would be her back up demonstrator for the BIAB project. I have told Deb how I do brew in a bag and she really likes how simple my method is compared to some other methods. With my disability and lack of strength I have to make things as easy as possible and that should show that anyone can brew beer. Of course now I have to write up a class and basic instructions.
Money is a bit tight this paycheck that means several of the tools I’d like to get go on sale this week. Overall money isn’t all that tight but the cash savings plan needed to have April funds replaced and get a start on the May savings plan. Saving cash is hard! It is all to easy to tell yourself you have to buy _______ now while it is on sale and put off saving cash. One thing that has helped me stay focused on saving has been using the envelope method for each month. By writing the total needed for each month on the envelope it seems like something I must pay into rather than just a suggestion.
I had a very good example of why having cash saving is important while I was in the pawn shop looking at some tools. A fellow came in (average joe, did not look like a druggie) and all he had was some Video game discs to sell or pawn and all he wanted was $15.00. These games cost about $50.00 -$60.00 new and he won’t be able to sell or pawn them for even $15.00 and let’s face it $15.00 won’t feed a family of 4 at McDonald’s and is a very small amount of cash, yet this person was desperate for it. Driving home all I could think of is this person did not have even “January’s” cash of the weekly savings plan and that is the cheapest month at $15.00! When I got home I got April’s envelope caught up and added a few dollars to the May and June envelopes to get them started. I probably won’t be able to get all the stuff I want this paycheck but I manged to do without them so far I can afford to wait.