I've notice that for the last few weeks that there is a serious lack of food items on sale that correspond with coupons. Usually there are several BOGOs with coupons that allow me to renew my food stores. I don't know if the stores have made this decision just for the holidays or if it is a permanent change (I certainly hope not).
When I went shopping for a half gallon of organic milk I was shocked at the price (over $4.00)! It seems as though even the basics are becoming difficult to buy. I stopped buying convenience foods years ago, but now I'm seeing myself compromising on buying the basics I need to make meals.
Walgreens has been the best place for me to find baking goods this holiday season. I have stocked up on flour, sugar, baking powder and chocolate chips using a combination of their store coupons and manufacturer coupons. But they have stopped offering these deals as we get closer to the holidays.
I am trying to come up with ways to get around buying the expensive basics. Perhaps using reconstituted dry milk for baking would be less expensive than buying liquid milk? I need to start looking at web sites that sell food for storage to see if their products end up being less expensive for every day use.
I have also compromised on the food gifts that I make for the holidays. Oatmeal was on sale last week, so I will make my world famous granola instead of a large number of cookies or candy. Packaged in a pretty bag with a nice tag it makes a great gift. I had the recipe on the blog last Christmas and it was a hit.
If you have any food shopping strategies for this holiday season please share them with us.