Part of being a military spouse, is being prepared.  Learning to take "short cuts" when, and if you can. 

It is September, which means the WorldWide case lot sale is coming to a commissary near you.  Check this website to find out when the case lot sale is coming your way. 

For our family this means, time to stock up on things like applesauce, paper towels, toilet paper, dish washing soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, batteries, diapers, and garbage bags. 

Dear Husband and I did this, before his 18 month deployment, and it saved me a lot of time and energy.  Particularly, with a newborn and a 22 month old. 

Having "extra" supplies, was honestly one of the best things Dear Husband did for me before his departure. 

This especially goes for The National Guard and Reserve spouses, that might be to far away to enjoy the savings of the commissary on a regular basis!! 

Check the dates, and see when your case lot sale is near you.

Also to those of you living in areas of the country where weather can impede a trip to the market.   I am a believer that EVERY house should have a 72 hour supply of items in the home to maintain self efficiency in the need of emergency.  September is National Preparedness month!

The American Red Cross suggest the following list of items be available in your home. 

  • A minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and manual can opener
  • A minimum three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day)
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items such as hand sanitizer, moist towelettes and toilet paper
  • Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solution and hearing aid batteries
  • Photocopies of identification, credit cards, prescriptions and important documents in a sealed, waterproof container such as a freezer bag
  • Cash and coins
  • Pet supplies if you have a pet or service animal
  • Appropriate clothing and blankets for your climate
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