You may wonder, dear readers, why I am writing on this topic when college students are on their way home. Frugal types know why: because a cornerstone of frugal living is to anticipate your needs. A while back I wrote about getting my son an entire prom outfit for less than $20.00. That is because I started a year in advance and picked up elements of the ensemble as I saw them. Low stress.
I like this kind of planning and amassing anyway. Lucy Marmalade is in Alabama participating in a 3 week service project. And I am doing a service project here--for dear Lucy and, I hope, her suite mates.
Yesterday, I wrote about acquiring a cheap rice cooker as a key piece of equipment.
Today, I will reveal what's in Lucy's pantry (aka her closet). All will be used before the expiration dates, by the way.
15 cans of black-eyed peas. Oh, how Lucy loves beans. I got these last New Year's when they were on sale for 3/$1.00. Make some rice in your rice cooker. Drain the beans and mix 'em in. Add a can of spicy tomatoes. Top with cheese.
To that end, I also acquired 15 cans of rotel-type tomatoes when they were on sale for 50 cents a can.
Why the magic number of 15? Because there are 14-16 weeks in a semester.
So, with these two items, Lucy has the base for 15 meals of several servings each. She can either eat it all by herself or share with her suite mates.
The practice outlined above--stockpiling when on sale--is a classic frugal technique. Interestingly, The Grocery Game--a coupon/sale business--now has replaced the term stockpiling with the term investing.
Any other ideas for the stockpile, errrr, I mean the investment portfolio?