2. Menu Planning
3. Stocking up
1. My pantry is vital to my menu planning.
2. Menu Planning. This is just as important as the other two key's to saving money on food. When I don't have a menu, I have a failed system. I get into trouble when it's dinner time and I don't have a plan. If we are in town that's when we eat out. Or if we are home that's when we start scrambling for "something" to eat. This is not detailed, I can devote an entire post to menu planning later. I gather my recipes and pick several out that I want to make for the month. Then I check the pantry and kitchen cabinets and make a grocery list for the remaining ingredients I do not have. I plan on leftovers so I do not need to make meals each and every day. I am planning for my main meals when making my menu. I usually have simple food on hand for lunches or we eat leftovers at lunch or a sandwich or something.
3. Stocking Up. There is more to having a pantry than simply purchasing a bunch of food and putting it in your shelves to overflowing. Yes, it's nice to have plenty in case of emergency, guests, and not having to run to town to go to the supermarket for forgotten items. However, watching for sales will make the most of your pantry. Watch the prices in the supermarket you frequent. Visit other markets in your area. You might be surprised to learn another market has better prices and by driving a little further it is worth your while. At any rate. Watch the prices on items you frequently purchase. When you see those things go on sale and you feel it warrants stocking up on to save you money in the future that is when you would purchase in bulk and your pantry will come in handy! Over time you will add more and more items that you have purchased in bulk and stocked up on for later when there is no sale. Some people choose to use coupons instead of sales. They wait until they have coupons and stock up on items. With careful planning you may even be able to use a coupon during a sale for additional savings. Whatever method works best for you and your family that helps you save money at the supermarket is the method you should use.
These three key components help me save money on food, and provide a nourishing meal at home.