Thursday, February 14, 2008

Stocking Up on Basics When the Price is Right

Since I live in Mexico, I have been able to find some staples for a lower price than in the states. But it has taken time to search the different stores and find these gems. For instance, I have found Saf-Instant yeast for $1.25/125grams which comes out to about $5.00/lb. Also, there is still one brand of pure vanilla available here (the rest are all imitation now) for about $1.50/pint. And I have just found a place that sells honey for $1.50/pint which comes out to $12.00/gallon. I use ALOT of honey for bread and other baking, so that is wonderful!

So here is what I have done. First, I made sure I could take all of these items across the border. Then I sent out an email to my homeschool group across the border in the states and offered to bring any of these to them at our bi-monthly park day. That way I can also help my friends with their grocery staples budget. If you find a frugal source for some staples that you will always use, stock up and save. And now I am thinking about stocking up on wheat since I am hearing all this talk about rising wheat prices. That will take some more searching!

For more Frugal Fridays ideas, check out Biblical Womanhood.


Earthmommy said...

This is a great idea! I love to do this when I find something I use all the time on sale.

Christie said...

Great idea! I have found that to be extremely cost effective... especially with honey! My church is part of a co-op and I have been able to get raw honey for a great price!

Mom2fur said...

Wow, you sure are lucky to find such good buys, and very nice to share them with your friends! I have a good stockpile, too--but I have sure never paid only $1.50 for a pint of vanilla, LOL!