I hear from others that they don't know where to start when it comes to building a well-stocked pantry. They see the need but just don't know how to go about achieving anything beyond providing daily meals for their family.
Starting today and every Friday until the end of the year, I'll be issuing a weekly challenge that will provide anyone serious about building a well-stocked pantry a place to start. Well experienced pantry builders are invited to join in the challenges as well!
For this week's challenge let's keep it simple ...
Choose a grocery item that your family uses for $1 or less and buy 2 of them. When you get home with your items, put one in your working pantry (for use now) and the other one away in your long-term pantry. I find it helpful to use a sharpie and write the best buy date or expiration date on the container where it's easily seen. (Don't have a long-term pantry, create one by utilizing a plastic tub with lid until you can reorganize your home to include space for a well-stocked pantry. We'll talk about some options/places for storing a long-term pantry throughout your home as we go along in this challenge.) Put your one item in the tub, unless it's a frozen item of course, and put the tub in a closet or in some out of the way place. Every week we're going to add to this tub through different challenges and watch our pantry grow.
That's it! You have now started to build your well-stocked long-term pantry.
Be sure to come back here and leave a comment telling us what you purchased. I'll post a picture of what I purchased in next week's pantry building challenge.
Let's do this!
Until next time,
patsi ... 42 years' experience of frugal living and pantry building (if you include my frugal childhood, well that would add a few more years to my experience!)
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A Working Pantry is a way of life, a lifestyle if you will!
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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