Friday, January 30, 2009

Yet Another Clever Thora Money Saving Tip

A couple of weeks ago I went to the local Church cannery to increase our food storage. Except I saw the comparative price of canned oats and a 25 pound bag of oats. Of course the bag of oats was cheaper per pound, by quite a bit. Being myself, ever seduced by lower prices, I bought the 25 pound bag of Oats.

After all, I told myself, We eat oats almost every morning. These aren't long term storage. Putting them in cans will be almost useless.

I finally got around to divvying up the Oats from their bag.

I had to cannibalize every available (and some not so available) containers we own. Good thing I didn't get 25 lbs of dried milk as well. (I realize that I could get 50 lb buckets, and actually I think that would be a great solution - except unlike in Utah, out here I have no convenient local grocery stores to supplement my food storage from. I have no idea what kind of store out here would even sell 50 lb buckets.)

Of course then today I had to read how my sister has Mice. Gee, I sure hope I don't get mice. Because most of these packages? Are incredibly not mice-proof. Or moth proof. They're not even Lydia proof. But, I did save myself a couple of dollars.

I'm so clever. Really.


  1. Hopefully your oats will be safe from rodents, of unusual size or otherwise. For what it's worth, our little friends didn't bother with the oats in our pantry, and only ate the pancake mix and whole wheat flour. We have quick oats though, so maybe they fall under the same category as the white flour, not mouse-worthy. Good luck!

  2. homedepot would have buckets, maybe only 10 gal nes, but better than boxes

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  4. Check and see if the church has a place you can dry pack. Then you can put your large amounts in sealed tin cans and it is safe from all kinds of infestation, even Lydia

  5. Bakeries have buckets that are food-grade plastic. They're gooey stuff comes in them. Ask at the local grocery store, you might be able to get them for free.