What to Stockpile Before the Holidays
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What to Stockpile Before the Holidays

Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Now is a great time to stockpile the non-perishable foods that you will use during the holidays. Here are some tips on what to buy before the price goes up.It won’t be long before the holidays are here. You can save money if you plan ahead and stockpile the non-perishable foods that you will use in the upcoming holiday season. Here are some suggestions about what to stockpile before the holidays.

Stockpiling for the Holidays

Bags of Halloween candy – Many stores have already put these on sale! Do some “homework” and compare the savings offered by one store with another before you make a purchase. Don’t forget to look for coupons to use that will help lower the cost even more!

Canned pumpkin pie mix – Pumpkin pie goes well with Halloween celebrations, is a staple dessert at Thanksgiving, and a welcome addition to Christmas dinner. How many pumpkin pies will you be making? Stock up on the canned pumpkin now while it is easy to get and before the price goes up.

Cool Whip – It goes great with pie. Put unopened tubs of Cook Whip in the freezer and it will last a long time. This is possible because it doesn’t actually contain any dairy.

Boxes of mashed potato mix – Dried flakes of mashed potatoes can last a long time. It appears that the “plain” varieties hold up the best (so avoid the “flavored” ones). You can get large boxes, or multiple boxes, from Costco or Sam’s Club. Some people like to remove the potato flakes from the boxes and put them into zipped plastic storage bags. This helps prevent moisture from getting to them. If you do this, be sure to label the bags!

Canned cranberries – Not everyone enjoys cranberries, but they are a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner. Pick up some canned cranberries now, and you won’t have to buy them later. Canned items stay good for a long time. The price will go up as we get closer to Thanksgiving.

Stove-top Stuffing – According to the Eat By Date website, an unopened box of Stove-Top Stuffing lasts for 6 months past the expiration date that is printed on the package. The same is true for an unopened box of dry stuffing mix. Buy some for your stockpile now, and it will still be good at Thanksgiving. Make sure you check the expiration date on the packages you buy.

Cans of Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup – This is a key ingredient in a green bean casserole. Right now, there are plenty of coupons for Campbell’s soups to be found. Those will disappear as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Stock up now and you will get the biggest savings.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.