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2022 Preparedness - Part 3: Week 34

Week 34 Aug 29

This week we begin part three of our yearlong plan, Preparing on Budget.

It is more urgent than ever that we prepare. We do not know how long a recession will last, or if we will be drawn into a war, or if this hurricane season will be the harshest on record, or if the drought will continue making food scarcity a bigger problem, or if terrorists will attack our grid, there are so many disasters on the horizon and we just don’t know which, if any, will cause a personal disaster.

This week let’s talk dollar stores. Even with prices now $1.25, a 25% increase, dollar store still provides some savings when stocking up. Remember we need to be storing not only food but also cleaning supplies, medical supplies, paper goods and so much more. We need to consider everything we use each week that we would not enjoy being without.

I spent some time comparing prices.

· Palmolive hand soap 3 3.2oz. bars sell for $1.25 at the dollar store and $2.24 at Walmart.

· Yardley Oatmeal & Almond Soap, 4.25 oz., my personal favorite, is $1.25 at the dollar store and $3.09 at Walmart.

· Colgate soft bristle toothbrushes are 42 cents each at a dollar store and $2.24 each at Walmart.

· Colgate Whitening Toothpaste with Baking Soda and Peroxide, is 25 cents an ounce at a dollar store 27 cents an ounce at Walmart.

You must know your prices!

· Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Pods 63 cents each at a dollar store while only 35 cents each Walmart.

· Ajax liquid dish soap $1.25 at a dollar store and $1.24 at Walmart.

Canned soups, vegetables and fruits may all be a savings at a dollar store, but they may not beat sale prices at the grocery store. Know your prices. If you are unfamiliar with a brand either at a grocery store or a dollar store purchase one and try it before investing in several. Remember September is National Emergency Preparedness month, watch for sales.

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