I’ll admit it…I’m a barginshopaholic. I’m almost embarrassed to show people my pantry. It’s so full it looks like I’m stocking up for a global food crisis. But is that really such a bad thing? I’m getting things for so cheap that isn’t it worth it for me to be well stocked up?
The answer is yes and no.
A few months back I got the point where I realized that I shouldn’t be shopping all the time, several days a week. I went through and started organizing my pantry. I put everything on the shelves like they have them set on the store shelves. As I’ve mentioned before I don’t believe in eating too many things with preservatives and hardly any convenience foods. My pantry mostly consists of canned veggies, beans, flour, rice, etc…things I consider to be staples. In the past week I’ve gone through all my spices and put them in canning jars with the plastic lids.(This is a MUCH cheaper way to store things instead of tupperware.) I buy all my spices in bulk so it’s easier for me to keep track of them this way.(When you buy in bulk spices are so much cheaper. Think about how much this fancy little bottles at the store are. I only pay about $3 per pound of spices by buying them in bulk.)
So now that my pantry is all organized I can focus on this stocking up that has become my problem. I don’t see any problem with stocking up on staples like canned veggies, sugar, flour, etc. Think about how the item is stored. Is it canned?
Canned products probably last the longest of any item so it makes sense to stock up on this item the most. Remember to only stock up on items you are going to eat! This may seem like common sense but when you can find things so cheap its tempting to stock up on them even when it’s not something you usually buy. I only buy stuff like this when I know I have a friend that can use them or if I can donate them.
Is the item frozen? You can only stock up for much frozen stuff. Right now I’m avoiding this because canning and preserving season is right around the corner and I know that I’m going to need that space. In a side note I do stock up on flour and it keeps longer if you store it in the freezer.
Is it a dry good? Today I filled up all my dry goods(flour, sugar, rice, powdered sugar, brown sugar, etc) containers and took what I had left over put it all in a box together and put the box in the pantry. Then I took a black marker, wrote dry goods on the box and listed the things in there. Then I made a little mark for each bag of each item that I had put in there. So now I have an easy way of knowing what I have left of each thing to I don’t have to keep stocking up thinking I’m out of things.
I believe that it’s fine to stock up on things that you know you are going to use and that you have the storage space for. When you stock up on something thats on sale you should try and get enough that you think will last you until they go on sale again. This way you don’t run out of an item and have to buy it full price at the store when you need it.