During each major holiday weekend retail stores around the nation have big sales and offer great deals on things we all want to stock up on. Often you can't get these deals during any other time. You only need to know what to look for.
I am going to focus on national chains, not because I don't believe in shopping locally, but because my local hometown store deals will not help most of you. Also I am not against making stuff myself. If you can make all of this stuff yourself, well then, good for you! But not all of us can.
**Prices will vary location to location - but in general this is where to look and what to look for.**
THIS INFORMATION IS CURRENT AS OF 5/23/2013 but these are the typical items to look for at the follow stores EACH YEAR.
Here are some great deals for the prepper minded out there who are stocking up!
Pork and Beans 33¢ - We all love Pork and Beans and it doesn't make a bad emergency food in a pinch. My local WinCo stores recently had Van Camps Pork and Beans for 33¢ a can.
(If you hear anyone say "pre-ground" coffee only stores for 6 months, stop listening to that person. Of COURSE it stores for longer than that, it just won't taste as good that's all.)
Camping Food - Mustard (which never goes bad), ketchup, relish, hotdogs, beans, and marshmallows (which can be dehydrated and stored, kid you not!) are all on sale this weekend. Check you local grocery stores for some of the best deals of the year.
Click here to see how to use them as a cheap solar battery charger.
(Remember modern "environmentally safe" propellents used in spray cans will not last longer than a year so don't go crazy on the hornet spray thinking you'll be able to use it a few years down the road.)
Tiki Torches $5.00 - Can burn more fuels that what is provided
Camping Supplies - Some good deals can be found on camping supplies for Memorial Day Weekend, just make sure not to impulse buy because again retailers are not as motivated as they will be later to move inventory.
Garden Supplies - Some good deals can be found on garden supplies too, especially on seeds and potting soil, be sure to price check however as I have not seen a sale price that will beat Costco's regular everyday price on potting soil.
Calcium hypochlorite which is used for the disinfection of drinking water and swimming pool water. It is super concentrated powdered bleach and you can use to to mix with water to make your own bleach. I prefer to buy Super Shock and Swim as it contains a higher percentage of Calcium Hypochlorite than regular Shock and Swim. Safety? Here is a link to the actual Material Safety List for Shock and Swim. The safety concerns they list are universal to ALL FORMS of powdered concentrated bleach - because, in that form, it's not safe to consume or breath. Mixed with water, it's actually a different product. As you can see on the list there are no algaecides in this brand of powder which would make it exceedingly toxic to use to disinfect drinking water, the rest of the ingredients mainly provide stability and prevent caking.
UPDATE: 5/24/2013 - One day after posting this - I saw my first happy customer on Facebook! You go Catherine! THIS is why I write, not to sell charcoal, but to help others.
Shopping Tips to Help Maximize Savings:
- Keep in mind the time of year. Memorial Day weekend is a hit and miss. Retailers want you to come and shop but the incentive to mark down the summer stuff you want is not always there. Some of these items - such as charcoal, camping gear and garden gear can be had at slightly lower sale prices during Labor Day weekend because retailers want to get rid of their inventory rather than take a loss on it by sending it back or to a 'end of season' clearance house.
- Focus on the Door Buster deals. They will tend to be the better price points than the ones on the inside of the flyer - but don't ignore the inside of the flyer either, it's worth looking through.
- Use coupons when you can. Combine them with sale prices to drive your price per item even lower! But don't buy an item just because you have a coupon, it has to be worth it.
- Use price thresholds whenever you are shopping. This means keep a list of the lowest sale prices you commonly see for certain items that you want or usually stock up on. When you see a price that falls below this what you normally see (aka: the price threshold) this should trigger you to buy. If the price meets your threshold AND you have a coupon, even better!
- Buy enough of the item to last you until the next sales cycle. This could be the next major holiday weekend or next year, ignore funny looks from other shoppers and nosey questions. Even if you are not a 'prepper' this will insure that you never have to pay "retail" for that item permanently lowering your grocery costs.
Just incase you are wondering about my expertise in this area: my 'real job' has been in Marketing and Advertising for the past 15 years. So I know how this stuff works. Hope this helps you save some money - happy shopping and don't forget to remember those who served.