How do you store your extra pantry staples? Do you shop only sales circulars?
The above is one of my three shelving units that I have in my basement to store my extra supplies. I try to keep 3 months of staples so that I am not running to the store every time I make dinner. You know you will not walk out with just that one item you need. You will pick up extra milk and oh, look at those cookies in bakery! What about a loaf of bread for dinner too? The extra money adds up quickly. Instead of a $3.39 jar of mayonnaise you now have a grocery order of $50-$75. This happens to me if I have to just pick up one item.
This is the unit at the bottom of the stairs. It keeps the items that I will most likely send the kids down to the basement to grab in a hurry. The little box on the third shelf is where we keep lunch snacks. The kids can go down and grab one and throw it in their lunch for school.
When replenishing items we stock to the back just like the grocery stores. That way you are using the oldest first and the theory is that you will use everything before its expiration date.
Now, this is supposed to be about three months of shelf stable pantry staples (including the other 2 shelves) . If you notice the second shelf I only have 3 boxes of pasta left. That is because pasta is going on sale this week. I will buy 11 boxes at $.90. For us and this area, that is a good price. I know just about how much of each item I will use in 3 months. So, I wait every 6-9 weeks for the sales of the items I use. There was a sale on chicken stock last week so I have 8 cartons. Plan ahead and buy on sale.
Now, I also have my washer and dryer in the basement. Humidity! I only store the canned goods in that area. The boxes of crackers and cereal get soggy and develop a “taste” if not store in a dry area. Make sure you store each item in the best area or you will be throwing money away.
How do you store your extra items?