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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Pantry Is ...

When we think of our pantries most of the time we think of using them to get through the 'here and now' ... the daily stuff ... getting the family fed and such.  But, my pantry is so much more than a means to get through the daily stuff, its ...

Our rainy day fund …
… it helps us deal with short term/temporary financial setbacks.  Setbacks such as unexpected medical bills, vehicle repairs, etc that use up the weekly or monthly food budget allotment.

Our insurance policy …
…  it has seen us through long term financial upsets like job loss and income reduction.

Our store house …
… it gives us the convenience of shopping when we want instead of when we have too. It allows us to be able to wait for sales and not have to pay full price which in turn stretches our food budget even more.

… it saw us through the aftermath of all the devastation of Hurricane Matthew last fall with ease and enabled us to be able to help others.  Enough said!

What is your pantry to you?


She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My pantry is intentional, purposeful, simple, practical, frugal and what works for my family.  It’s the food items and household supplies that keep my household running smoothly ready and available when they are needed.  It’s my contribution to our family’s economy and my work-from-home ‘job.'

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  1. My pantry is a way for my family to eat healthy meals on a budget, give nice gifts when needed, enjoy treats on special occasions and free up more of our income so we can save for other things (a house in the future, travel, new appliances when needed, etc.). When I find good deals on food or gift items, I have the money to invest in buying extra because I have saved that money in the past with our well stocked pantry. When we choose to enjoy life through travel, visiting local attractions or attending special events, I can do so because we saved money through a well stocked pantry. If an appliance breaks (like our refrigerator, washer or dryer), we don't panic over the cost to replace, because we have saved money through a well stocked pantry. I know that in the future, if we decide to purchase a home (we currently live with my mother in her paid for home) and our money needs to be stretched further, our well stocked pantry will help us through!

  2. Rhonda, I love your comment!

  3. We all have different things that make us feel safe and secure. Having a lot of food in the house just happens to be one of mine. We sold our house last summer and moved, so I had no garden. We have been remodeling our new...1965...house and adding a new kitchen. So my garden consists of 3 tomato plants in the rose garden and 4 herbs in pots. I cannot tell you how much I miss canning and my full pantry! I have 350 empty jars in the garage because as of February 2017 we ate our last jar of food. On the bright side, our new, smaller home has a enormous kitchen, over 400 square feet....my new, fabulous, large kitchen was totally built with our 4 hands, plumbing, wiring, cabinets, counters, stainless steel appliances, flooring for $4500. I bought 13 used Amish oak cabinets for $400 on Facebook and painted them out or we would not have come in so cheap. The uppers are 42 inch so I can store extras up high. Anyway I can start canning and have access to local produce and plan to have a lot less empty jars in the garage very soon! Hope I was bragging but I am pretty excited and wanted to share with people who would appreciate it. If you are ever tired of canning take a two year break and you will miss it!!

    1. Gloria, I would love to see pictures of your new kitchen. I don't think you're bragging at all! Sounds like it's time for you to get busy though filling up those jars and you're right if you get tired of canning, take a a break, you will miss it. Great comment!