This week, I have made serious dent in my pantry building efforts. I gave myself budget of $70 to spend on the pantry. Here is the results.
First stop was to a store called Warehouse Market. I love buying canned veggies there because they always have the lowest prices. I loaded up the cart with 6 flats of vegetables. These included 2 flays each of whole kernel corn, green beans, and green peas. A single flat holds 12 cans. In other words, I bought 72 cans of vegetables at 58 cents each, totaling $41.76 for the veggies. Next, I went to the produce area and bought a 50# sack of russet potatoes for $11.99. The temperature is cold enough now in our unheated pantry that the potatoes will last the winter without sprouting or going bad. Total cost at Warehouse Market was $53.75.
On the way home, I had an idea. Since I was under budget, I stopped at the Dollar General store and bought 8 bottles of tomato juice for a total cost of $14.80.
Once I got home, I used the bottles of juice to make a doubled size batch of my homemade tomato soup. Once put into jars for canning, I had 8 pints for my husband to take on the truck for meals on the road and 8 quarts for the pantry.
After all the food was purchased, the ending total was $68.55. I was $1.45 under budget. Just the vegetable purchases alone gives me several months of meals for my family of four. The point that I am trying to make is that anyone, even those on a meager budget, can afford to stock their pantry. Add to this a supply of pasta, rice, dried lentils and beans to really expands your pantry storage.
There is only one downside to having this type of pantry…..you have to be willing to actually cook and not simply heat up convenience foods.