I know I gave this tip the other day, but I wanted to say it again – when it’s on sale – stock up.
Your first grocery trip on the road to saving money is actually to spend a little more than you are used to. Items that are staples in your pantry should be purchased in large quantity if possible. These include items such as flour, sugar, pasta, dry beans, rice, oatmeal, canned goods, etc. I have a nice little “should have” pantry list I will share.
Now, I have added and pared down multiple lists to come up with this list. If you are not cooking from scratch, some of these items might not be necessary to you, but some I don’t have might be must have’s!
•Sugar(white,brown and powdered)
•Dried beans (kidney,black,split peas,white navy, garbanzo)
•Soups (cream of chicken, cream of mushroom)
•Canned veggies (green beans, corn, tomatoes,tomato sauce,tomato paste)
•Home canned veggies(variety)
•Canned Fruit(pears, peaches,applesauce,pineapple)
•Mac and cheese
•Ketchup, mustard, mayo
•Popcorn (stick with the kernels, not the “boxed variety”) – its cheaper and healthier!
•Nuts (peanuts,walnuts, almonds)
and many, many more!
So these are the items you should try to stock up on as much as possible! There are many more I can add to this list but for now, this is a basic starter set. You have these, and you can whip up meals, even when you think you have nothing to cook!
A great website is Teri’s Kitchen – she has inventory sheets for all over your kitchen- the fridge, the pantry and the freezer!