One of the most common questions I get asked is how I manage to stock my pantry full of handy pantry staples without blowing my grocery budget.
Pantry staples can get quite expensive if you’re not careful, and if you don’t plan your trip well, you could end up spending hundreds on your regular groceries and then a few more hundred on your stock up items.
Since no one wants to spend more than we need to, starting a list of handy pantry staples is a must.
Plus, you want to save money! That’s a must also.
Because you never want to run out of your kid’s (or husband’s) favorite cereal because you just can’t handle a Monday morning melt-down again! There’s not enough coffee in your house that can handle that one!
I’m going to walk you through why you should be stocking up on your handy pantry staples, and how to do it for the cheapest price.
Stock Up At The Right Time
You may be wondering to yourself why on earth should you buy four jars of peanut butter now, if you only need to use one right now?
The secret to getting the best deals on these items is not to wait until you need it to buy it!
If you are waiting until you’ve completely run out of peanut butter, you are at the mercy of paying whatever the grocery store priced the item at. If you’re lucky, you might run out right as a sale is running but usually this doesn’t happen.
This means that you are going to have to do a little bit of planning ahead of time in order to make sure you are getting the best deal EVERY time you go to buy your handy pantry staples.
Many handy pantry items are shelf stable, which means they last a long time. Pasta could last up to five years sometimes, and canned goods will last you even longer!
This means that you should never have to wait until you run out to get the best deal because you can buy more of these items and stock up when they are on a good sale.
Essentially you are buying products in a different “order” instead of buying them when you need them, you buy them when you see them at a good price.
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Two Important Reasons To Stock Up
Stocking your home with handy pantry staples can have so many wonderful benefits, even if some of them might not seem so obvious.
1. You Will Save Money
The most obvious benefit is that, of course, you are going to save money! By buying your handy pantry staples when they are at their lowest price point, you guarantee that you will never pay full price for these items again!
2. Substituting Will Save You Even More
Always having certain items in your pantry can help you not only save time when you run out of something but also save money. It’s cheaper to use Onion & Garlic Powder than their fresh counterparts, and if you have run out of that fresh product, it’ll help to use the powdered variety this time and not run up to the store potentially spending more than you need.
Have you ever opened the pantry and realized you don’t have ______ ingredient? When you have substitute pantry supplies on hand, you never worry about repeating that aggravating circumstance!
Here’s a list of common baking substitutions just in case you get stuck without some important handy pantry staples!
How To Stock Up On Handy Pantry Staples In 3 Simple Steps
If you are not convinced that you should be stocking up on your handy pantry staples by now, showing you just how easy it is to do might be the game changer!
I am a busy mom and don’t have a lot of time to spend wandering the store for great deals. Stocking my pantry with staples is so easy, and I’m going to show you how I do it!
Step 1: Make A List
It all starts with a list! Go through your recipe binders or cookbooks and identify some of your handy pantry staples. These are the kinds of items that you use often. Your list might not look the same as mine, but for me, it includes a few of these items:
Here’s a basic handy pantry list to see if you need to add these items to your list!
Step 2: Look For Coupons & Sales
There are two things you need to look for when it comes to your handy pantry staples, the first is going to be coupons.
Are there any coupons readily available for the items on your list? If there are, what brands are typically associated with those coupons? Once you know what items are associated with coupons, look at your store’s sales over the next few weeks. Most stores cycle through a three to six-week sales cycle for most items. Seasonal items such as canned pumpkin may be an exception to this rule, but it will still go on sale!
Step 3: Match Your Coupons With A Sale
While some of the items on your list may already be extremely cheap to buy, if you want to pay pennies for your handy pantry staples, you need to know how to match your coupons with a great sale!
I don’t just buy my pasta when it’s at $1.50 each box, I wait until the pasta is 10/$10 ($1 each) and I also have a coupon that I can use to save even further.
You don’t have to run out and buy all of your handy pantry staples at once in order to be able to have a well-stocked pantry. If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll easily be able to save money and stock up on shelf-stable food for your family.
So you can see that stocking up at the right time not only saves you money, but it can literally save your sanity too! No more melt downs for the wrong cereal, and it helps you save money in the long run. It’s a win-win!
These handy pantry staples are one way to not only make an easy meal, but to get that meal on the table fast.