Another great coconut savings is buying bulk unrefined coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. We use it as lotion, deodorant and in cooking, so one little jar doesn't last us very long and adds up really quickly. So we go to Mountain Rose Herbs and order their 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil. (They are a business focused on supplying herbalists and natural personal care products, so I imagine they probably thought the only people who would be using 5 gallons of coconut oil are those who make and sell body butter, but it's the same stuff in the tiny jars at the grocery store, so it's completely edible and very high quality.) This requires some money up front (about $250 plus shipping, unless you are REALLY lucky like I was once and they had it on sale for $80), but is well worth it because even with heavy use, one bucket lasts us about 8 months. Unrefined coconut oil keeps very well for months on end, so again, it is a great food storage item.
Malamute and I really like buying things we normally eat and that keep well in large quantities because it insulates more from financial ups and downs. If we have large quantities of something on hand, then even if we meet with tight finances, we have some extra food to see us through. We are really excited to start building our food storage, so I will probably have a couple more posts coming on this topic!