Friday, April 1, 2011

Free Sample of Rice

Uncle Ben's is offering a free sample of their Ready Rice right now.  One sample per household.  Yes, this is a small sample so you might be wondering why we would want it here since it obviously won't feed the entire family.  It would be perfect for adding to a date night meal for just the grown-ups.  Or to keep in the stash of quick meals for those nights when chaos reigns and making dinner just isn't happening.  Small samples are also wonderful for adding to your pantry/stock-pile because they allow you to spend even a little extra money on something else.  Yes, I am one of those folks who thinks everyone really should have at least 6 to 12 weeks of food on hand for their family at all times.  You just never know when you'll get hit with an illness, job loss, family emergency or weather issue that could prevent you from going to the store.  Once you establish your food supply, you should be able to put off buying you main staple items until they hit rock bottom prices which will save you even more in the future.  Just remember to store only what you would use and use what you store.  And don't be afraid to seek out new places to find food cheaply.  Amazon.com often runs amazing sales in their grocery department.  Bakery outlet stores can help you save on bread.  Learn the tricks to combining store and manufacturer's coupons.  You can often find free offers on Facebook pages.  And you just might get lucky and find a source for free coupons from a family member or friend who doesn't use them.  As gas prices continue to rise, grocery prices will continue to go up as well.  Every penny saved in some way will help stretch your budget and keep your family full of healthy food.  We don't really want to be stuck resorting to Ramen every night, we're not in college anymore.

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