are trying to plan what to do with our tax return. We were thinking
that stocking up on some non-perishable (or long expiration date) foods
and grocery items would be a good way to use some of our return (after
getting 2 of our children new mattresses! Yay!). We're a bigish family (2 adults, 4 kids) and our oldest just turned into a teenager and already eats like one. I'm amazed at how much food this kid puts away and doesn't seem to gain a pound (I wish he would! He's built like a twig! LOL).
If given the opportunity, what items would you stock up on?
My mind is in a fog at the moment so outside of TP and dishwasher detergent and stuff to make laundry detergent, I'm drawing a blank. I'm blaming "mommy brain" since all four of my kids are chattering my ears off at the moment. LOL
What I've gotten so far (had to take a break because the baby was in desperate need of a nap)...
25 lbs flour
20 lbs sugar
10 bags of dried beans
12 bags of various pastas
3 bags of rice (2 white, 1 brown)
4 bottles of salad dressing
several bottles of other condiments (ketchup, mustard, sauces, etc)
8 boxes of cereal
3 bags of cereal
20 lbs ground beef
3 loaves of cinnamon bread (great for french toast and it freezes beautifully)
5 cans spaghetti sauce
8 large cans of tomatoes or tomato sauce
2 big boxes of oats
6 bags of various chips for cookies (semi-sweet, white, butterscotch)
8 cans of beans
8 bags of various snack foods (tortilla chips, pretzels, cheese puffs - not the healthiest but my kids only get them once a week or so)
2 big tubs (5 quarts each) of ice cream (I know, not really a "stock up" item but my oldest is skinny and he gets a shake a night to try and gain some weight)
3 boxes of dishwasher detergent (found a great deal on that one, that will last us all year)
2 large jars of peanut butter
6 boxes of crackers (2 each of store brand ritz, butter and graham)
6 16 oz blocks of cheese
6 cans of frozen juice concentrate
a 50 lb bag of potatoes (which will not last long in my house ebcause we eat potatoes a LOT!)
Total spent: $170
I still have a few things on my list: chicken (which is on sale for 99 cents a pound this week), frozen veggies (10 bags for $10), TP, white vinegar (I make my own cleaners), laundry detergent supplies (I make that too), couscous, shampoo, conditioner, and soap and anything else I can think of.