Saturday, January 12, 2019

Adding to My Pantry with Zero Out of Pocket!

I'm always on the look out for ways to add to my pantry for the least amount of money and that includes utilizing every opportunity that comes along including rewards programs.  

Here's one example: each year at the beginning of the year Sam's Club Warehouse premium members get the reward money they've earned the previous year by shopping at Sam's Club.  We got ours last week and I knew there were a couple of things I wanted to add to our pantry from it.

Here's what I added with zero out of pocket …


The basmati rice was almost $20 for 25 lbs and the low dose aspirin was around $13 for 400 tablets.  The rice will last us a long time as we don't eat a lot of rice and the aspirin is a year's supply.

Once the rice has spent a few days in the freezer, I'll vacuum seal it in jars until ready for use.

I'm really pleased with what I chose … and you can't beat the price!

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21 comments:

  1. Dear Patsi,
    We use rewards for a lot of our purchases too but didn't know Sam's had a program. I'll have to look into it!
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, you have to have the plus membership, but we more than make back the difference in price back every year with our rewards.

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  2. Patsi,
    I love adding to the pantry for free. Store rewards or promotional deals are a great way to do it. I love the bag your rice came in that is a bonus!
    XOXO
    Vicky

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    1. Vicky, it is, isn't it! Now, I wonder what I could do with that bag … hmmmm???

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  3. That really cool rice bag is an added bonus!

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    1. Lana, it is isn't it! I'm trying to come up with different ways to put it to use. How would you use it?

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    2. The bag has a zipper and handles. I'd say it would be a great tote bag or perfect to store garden tools/supplies in. You could also put a plastic covered foam pad in it and use it to sit or kneel on while doing gardening. You could also make it into a throw pillow to use out on your lovely veranda.

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    3. I was wondering the same thing as it’s really got good graphics.
      No suggestions though .......

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    4. Depending on your decor, I have seen them made into really cute pillows.

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    5. Great suggestions! I think I'm leaning towards turning it into a pillow for my front porch swing or maybe my bench!

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    6. If the graphics are the same on both sides, you could use another piece of fabric as the backing and use the bag pieces as the front, thus making a matching set of 2 throw pillows.

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    7. Rhonda, the graphics are the same on both sides, so 2 throw pillows it will be!!!

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  4. That is great. Free food is my favorite. I got lots of freebies this week. I had gotten a gift card for Shop Rite for Christmas so my groceries this week were free. They are listed here: https://mcoia.blogspot.com/2019/01/friday-freebies_11.html

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    1. Making Cents of It All, you just can't beat free groceries!

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  5. Patsy, one of our Canadian grocery chains offers a rewards points system. It doesn't take long to pile up the points. I used my points just before Christmas and already have $20 worth of points again. It's rare for Canadians to get free stuff, so this is a very popular loyalty program. I agree, free groceries that we actually use is the BEST!!!

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    1. I think so too Rhonda! I bet that grocery store is a popular one!

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  6. That bag would be really good storage for homegrown potatoes or onions - keep them breathing, but in the dark so they don't sprout or produce solanin.

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  7. Patsy and I love free items to add to our pantries too and what a great bargain to add so much food to your pantry :).

    When looking at that wonderful rice bag I instantly thought to turn it into a reusasable grocery bag for carrying shopping in.

    Although this is a how to make a bread bag tutorial just follow step 5 of the tutorial and put in a cardboard or thick plastic base in the square bottom to make a sturdy shopping bag with. You would of course have to adjust the width into the corners that you sew if it is larger but this would work.

    Another suggestion is a grow bag for potatoes which is just partly fill with soil put in some seed potatoes and cover with a bit of soil and keep doing this every time the green sprouts go over the soil. Once the green shoots die down empty the bag and there are your potatoes. Could also do this for sweet potatoes, tomatoes, fruit trees or blueberries too.

    We do similar with getting groceries for free to add to our pantry. Each $240 for $200 e-voucher gives us $40 worth of free groceries. This is the way I build up my pantry is to buy what we have used on our list and the extra $40 goes into buying items to build up our pantry with.

    Have a great week :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna)

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    1. Lorna, more good ideas for the rice bag, thank you! The way you utilize the e-voucher is very smart, that's a good amount of free groceries. I don't know of anything like that here.

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  8. Great important tip to freeze the rice first. I recently opened up a mega-size bag of brown rice to discover weevils. :( I knew better but became a bit apathetic since I never had a problem with weevils. I had to toss the entire mega-size bag of organic brown rice. Never let your guard down when it comes to your family's food supply.

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