Let's face it, life is expensive and it is getting even more so. We had a very expensive May, so I decided to save where I could in my budget and one flexible area is my grocery budget. In order to spend less at the market, we have been eating from our pantry. I have planned meals around what I have already purchased and filled in with perishables at the market. I do this occasionally when our expenses rise in order to preserve our out of pocket expenses. I am always trying to stock my pantry with staples when they are at their cheapest.
Meals can get pretty interesting. One night this week we are having a clean out the freezer dinner. All odd leftover things like those taquitos that need eating and some frozen leftover meals will be pulled out. I won't throw away good food so it all gets put on the counter and everyone chooses what they would like. Sort of like a strange buffet.
Can you feed your family for a couple of weeks from your pantry and freezer? I can now, because I stockpile things ahead and get creative with my meal plans but I think this is something we should all think about. With all the disasters occurring lately, this is a reminder to keep a well stocked pantry in case you should need supplies for a few days when none are available. We live in earthquake country so it is important for us to have items on hand to sustain us if we have a major earthquake. That would include water for us as well. We keep drinking water but need to store large drums of water and are shopping around right now for those.
Emergency preparedness is just one benefit of a well stocked pantry.