From the Readers

Help Stock My Pantry To Save Money And Make Healthy Meals?

A fully stocked pantry is a happy kitchen. We love “Reader Questions” at Canadian Budget Binder and sometimes ask our fans on Facebook for their input.  When we put together our shopping list for the week we aim to purchase the staples that will help us build healthy, flavourful meals. The most important part is making sure we stick to our grocery budget so we plan our meals around flyer specials of the week. There are so many meals you can create as long as you have the staples in your pantry. If you ever thought which is better store bought or homemade  while considering cost it’s almost always homemade in our books.

So, today’s question comes from Nicola Don.

Question: What staples should you have in your pantry at all times?

FREE Tool: I’ve even made a handy Canadian Budget Binder Pantry List for you as well! Just click save and print.

I opted to use a lifeline and asked my Facebook  community of savers what they could come up with to help Nicola and for others starting a pantry stock-up. I always like to encourage people to limit eating out and eat at home  for budgeting and health reasons. Eating out all of the time does no good for the waistline or the pocket-book. One of the reasons people fail to eat at home is because they don’t stock the very items that are essential to making a wonderful, tasty meal.

We prefer in the CBB home to keep our pantry well stocked as it helps cut costs although items can vary from household to household. It also eliminates or cuts down on the need to purchase processed or packaged food. It also stops us from running out to the corner store where prices are much higher. Anyone who has shopped at the corner store when they ran out of eggs , milk or sugar knows they have just been stripped of their “Money Saverstatus

I know what you’re  thinking…. “Mr.CBB it happens we run out and have no choice but to go to the corner shop”.

My answer…….

I know,  it’s what I call, prepare to put into effect the  “Neighbourhood  Pantry Support Group” (If you have neighbours)…. You never know when you will need  a cup of sugar! Having friends with benefits as your neighbours sometimes can help both parties out. Our neighbours are super friendly and amazing to us! If all else fails… see status above.

If we take the time to stock items we use on a regular basis it can take some of the guess work out of whether you have all the ingredients to try a new recipe. This pantry list may be never ending as we all have staples that are particular to our own tastes and cuisine. I want to see what families consider staples in their kitchen!

What’s missing from our list?

Pantry List from Our Facebook Fans!
  • White/Brown Rice
  • Spices  A to Z of all kinds (what’s best is what you normally use)
  • Pasta -various
  • Dry/Canned Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Honey
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • White/Whole Wheat/Bread/Pastry Flour (various others)
  • Sugar/Sugar Substitutes,Brown Sugar – (various others)
  • Olives
  • Quinoa
  • Cous-cous
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Soy Sauce
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vinegar (various kinds)
  • Lemon and Lime Juice
  • Bread Crumbs/ Panko (unless you make your own)
  • Garlic
  • Various Nuts and Seeds
  • Chicken/Beef Cubes, Bouillon soups,
  • Cream Soups
  • Cornmeal
  • Oatmeal
  • Crackers
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dried Fruits
  • Corn Starch
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Tuna
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Salsa
  • Shortening
  • Coffee Whitener
  • Salad Dressings
Thanks to our Facebook Fans who contributed to this pantry list. 
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