Have you ever walked into a fully loaded pantry and just been in awe?
Think of all the money people save with a stocked food pantry. Canned goods, dry goods and frozen foods You name it and people will stock it.
Growing up there was a lady on our street that canned all sorts of produce and meats. All of us neighborhood kids never really looked at the value of the goods.
We always thought it was cool to play grocery store at her house because her cupboards were always fully stocked.
Now when I think back, she could have taught us so many lessons about saving money, food storage and preserving the harvest.
No matter the size of your pantry you can still save money
Whether you have a walk in pantry or just a cupboard shelf that you have stocked with food. Being prepared is important. Stocking items you will eat is important.
DO NOT stock items you will never use. It’s a waste of money to stock something you won’t use or eat. So if there is an item listed in our 10 must have pantry items that you won’t use, don’t get it.
what do you stock in a pantry?
You stock dry goods, canned goods, meal planning staples. Items you use on a regular basis. Simple suggestions for pantry items would be dried beans, rice, canned soups and canned vegetables.
You may stockpile your food storage in your freezer. Here is a list of 75 foods you can freeze to save money.
How canning & preserving saves you money?
People who preserve the bounty of the harvest will have rows and rows of home canned produce that they can use all year long. This saves you lots of money.
How you ask? The price of fresh apples for applesauce in the fall is cheap but in the dead of winter the price of apples is a bit more expensive.
If you had purchased apples and made applesauce during the harvest season your pantry would be full of applesauce at the cheaper price. If you were to make applesauce in the winter it would cost you a bit more.
So in the big picture of things stocking your pantry with goods while the price is down for use later or all year round is the wise choice.
I know people who hunt, farm, garden, shop sales and live farm to table that use their pantry to save money.
How does a pantry save you money?
A pantry gives you area for storage to buy and store when things are priced cheap. So no matter your space as long as you shop wisely and use what you store you are saving money.
This past week our butcher put ground beef on sale and I stocked up. It wasn’t on our weekly meal plan but it will be in the future and I know the price today will be cheaper than it will be in a week or two.
Having a stocked pantry also gives you options. What if you don’t have enough money to get groceries. Having items in your pantry gives you options to feed your family.
A pantry provides a home based “grocery store” for you to shop, prepare your food without costing you additional funds.
10 Things You Need Stocked In Your food Pantry To Save Money:
- Dried Beans
- Soup Stock Or Broth
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Flours, Sugars, Baking Supplies
- Coffee and Tea
- Meal Basics
Dried beans, rice and some pastas are usually fairly cheap pantry staples that can provide your family nourishment in a pinch.
Stocking baking supplies saves you money if you purchase them in bulk and on sale. It also gives you the option to bake when you want.
We stock coffee and tea in our pantry, simple because we buy them on sale and use them frequently. I also find it beneficial to stock easy, quick snacks and simple meal basic like soups for those moments when hunger strikes.
Having items on hand means you aren’t rushing to the store for a last minute shop and spending money you don’t have. It also means you are more likely to eat at home instead of hitting the drive through.
Harvest season and filling the freezer
I look forward to the day when I can stockpile enough home canned items to supply our family for the year or have a freezer stocked so full you don’t need to shop but once a month.
Having a garden and knowing how to preserve the bounty of the seasons will save you money. Knowing how to freezer cook and/or how to stockpile freezer goods your family will eat will also save you money.
Wouldn’t it be great to walk into your pantry or to your freezer and know what’s for dinner and have all the ingredients!
Related money saving food posts:
- How To Save Money When Things Are Tight
- Secret Must Haves Of A Frugal Home
- 75 Items You Can Freeze To Save Money
- Learn How To Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half
Updated June 26, 2020