Tip of the Day Tuesday: Lessons learned in hurricane preparedness

When we first moved to Texas four years ago, it was a few weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit in New Orleans followed by Rita which hit the Texas and Louisiana coast. Hurricane season was a whole new experience for my family and one that we were not at all prepared for. I remember going to the store to get a few “basics” like bread and diapers and I was surprised to find that the stores were completely wiped out. I decided at that point that I would be prepared for hurricane season in the future!

Every week for the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my tips for hurricane preparedness including deals and tips for stocking up. Many of these will apply to emergency preparedness in general, so even if you don’t live in an area that is impacted by hurricanes, it can help you prepare for other events. You can do this by spending only $5-10 per week.

This week, my focus is on paper goods. I think that this is something that many people don’t think about when they are planning for emergencies, but when Hurricane Ike hit us last summer, many people were without power and water for days, and paper goods definitely come in handy in those circumstances.

This week, Target has a deal on Dixie and Solo paper products:

*Dixie/Solo Tableware – $2.49/each
.50/1 Dixie Or Dixie Ultra Paper Plates Or Bowls, Any – 05-10-09 RP
$1/1 Target IP here – $.99 when you combine the Target IP and the Dixie coupon!$1/1 Solo Heavy Duty Tableware Products, Any – 05-17-09 SS
.75/1 Solo Cups, Plates or Bowls, Any Package printable here

Another great every day resource for paper products is your local “dollar” store. I was surprised to find that my Dollar Tree store has a large variety of paper plates, cups, and even plastic cutlery and everything was priced at $1! If you are planning a shower or birthday party, it’s also worth checking out because they even have themed items.

If you know of any other deals on paper products this week, please feel free to share!