One of the best times of year for my pantry has been after Christmas (and sometimes after New Years Day) the supermarkets put the turkeys on a half price sale. Sometimes less! Last year I had no luck. But previous years I got turkey for under $4 a kilo which is great for us here! I would get several and we would have roast turkey in actual winter! This would lead to pies, soup and many beautiful meals.
The pictures in this post are from everyone showing their recent cooking and finds!
Kelsey had a windfall of produce all free!
Her husband attended a truck accident. The driver was ok but a whole load of fruit and veggies were all over the road.
The helpers were all allowed to take anything home so Kelsey's husband loaded up boxes!
She was blessed with so much produce!
Also if anyone asked her she could truthfully say it came off the back of a truck haha!
I have stashed chocolate for cooking, cards, decorations etc as well all for amazing prices!
One year recently I had seem beautiful gift wrap that was embossed. It was $8 a roll so I admired it and that was all! After Christmas this was 50c a roll and I needed up with five rolls of it! It was beautiful in crafts to cover journals and in card making and many things!
One of the things Kelsey made was make zucchini bread.
She also dried Jalapeños, made salsa, froze peppers...
I do not like crowds and avoid them. So I am not talking about waiting in front of department stores in a human crush to be trampled. No not at all. I am talking about going in regular hours to the supermarkets and little shops and seeing what they are getting rid of after Christmas. Usually it is a lot! This applies to all holidays like Mothers Day, Valentines Day, Easter etc. The next day a vast amount of stuff is marked down and it will be a mix of foods and small gifts, wrap, cards etc. It can be a great way to build up your pantry and gift cupboard for very little.
Bluey came home with free capsicums!
Jane wasted no time getting these cooked up!
This will be the first year of having an Aldi before and after Christmas so this will be interesting! But it will be the first year where I routinely check many stores far and wide. Last year I felt defeated on the turkeys and disappointed. But now I realise I only checked a couple of supermarkets! That was a poor effort! This year I will check many more and go much further!
And this Wednesday I will start with some research...
Janes preserves ready to go!
The giant fruit and veggie market next door sells all kinds of things other than fruit and vegetables. I will ask there, when is the best time to come and do they sell boxes of almost past it tomatoes, apricots, cherries etc? And when is the best time to come? I will make a plan!
Tanya having a Christmas Cake baking day. They look beautiful.
Christmas is by far our biggest celebration so usually this is when I have found the most amazing things. It can start the new year off brilliantly to have a freezer full, the gift cupboard started and fruit to cook with.
I have also seen amazing mark downs more at the last minute BEFORE the event however I am less likely to go then as it can still be rushed and crowded. Although this year I might even give that a try!
Sue started with some fresh sour dough starter as she also lives in Adelaide!
This was her first attempt at baking with it so she is going to do very well!
The craft store I usually go to is Spotlight. They carry a huge Christmas range, fabrics, decorations etc. I think I will be making a trip there too. This is where I would normally buy sheets and most fabrics too...
This is the sight of Jane's Christmas pudding cooking outdoors. LOVE!
An important part of the plan is having funds after Christmas to invest in some of these great deals. I am doing pretty well there as Christmas really isn't costing us a lot. I also keep my "slush fund" which is specifically to spend on amazing sales and good finds. Just now I am working on setting aside extra so that if I am really lucky I can buy at least several turkeys.
The next is freezer space. Luckily I can use Mums freezer when I run out of room. This is really helpful as it is not like you can stuff a turkey into a tiny space!
My next job is to study store closures and public holidays. Very often going in to a store in the evening before a public holiday is a way to find amazing prices. It takes a special mission but can be an ideal time to strike. It takes an extra effort but if you are there at the right time it can be massive!
People ask me all the time how do you know what time does your store do mark downs? The answer to that is to ask the staff. Each store will vary. One time in Woolworths I asked the butcher and he was happy to tell me to try about 2pm or 5pm. From then on I went at 2 pm and there was someone marking the meat down almost every time. I got some amazing bargains just changing my shopping time to 2 pm.
Most of us are noticing rising food prices. Some dramatically. There are lots of ways to beat this and seasonal sales are just one!
Have you found any great deals in after the celebration sales? If you have any tips on this please share!
Next week we will be talking about Christmas left overs. I love leftovers! The possibilities are endless for building up your pantry after Christmas. The bone broth alone is a whole subject!
Have a wonderful week. It is going to be busy! xxx