Your typical grocery store only has enough food for 72 hours, if you are lucky enough to even get there in time before they shelves are picked bare. Don’t wait to start stocking up on storable food items.
The holidays are a time for cooking things that are otherwise not seen throughout the year. Stores tend to buy a major excess of the seasonal items that they are then stuck with unless they can offload them.
What may be bad for the stores is a windfall for the practical prepper.
The day after thanksgiving is a perfect time to start stocking up on some seasonal food items at majorly discounted rates
-Canned Pumpkin can last for between 2 and 5 years
-Cranberry sauce can last for 12-18 months
-Apple pie filling can last up to 3 years
-Pie Crusts can be frozen for up to a year
-Canned green beans can be kept for 2-5 years
-Boxed stuffing can be kept for up to 18 months
-Shelled Pecans can be frozen for up to 2 years
-Cream of mushroom and Cream of chicken soup can be stored up to 5 years
-Canned sweet potatoes can be stored up to 5 years
Taking advantage of a store’s excess holiday inventory doesn’t have to be limited to food. Many paper goods and disposable dishware comes in a limited seasonal print that just doesn’t sell well outside a given holiday.
Also, be sure to keep an eye on sales of heavy duty foil roasting pans, pie pans, plastic forks, spoons, and knives.
Odds are the store will run into an excess inventory on these, and within a few weeks of the holidays will end up with some type of sale. Check in at your local dollar stores for great deals on these items, as the ones that don’t sell in the big chains will tend to be purchased by the smaller dollar stores and sold at a discount there.