Anyone who knows me, knows I have a strong affection for office supplies, coffee and healthy living. Lately, I’ve been focusing on eating well for as little coast as possible. In my quest to find new and simple ways to save money in our food budget without sacrificing quality, I’m focusing on keeping a stocked pantry full of healthy, non-processed essentials. I also like to ensure that I always have these staples in my house so that even on the worst of nights, I can always throw together a quick meal that’s both healthy and economical.
I’ve quickly transformed my pantry into my own mini grocery store filled with all the spices, beans, legumes and pastas that I need to throw together a meal. It’s easy and budget friendly because I buy bulk. All you need are some mason jars and a good bulk food section or store to go to. The only drawback is there is sometimes extra prep work involved but the savings it gives our family is totally worth having to leave myself a sticky note reminder to soak beans overnight. This gives me more financial freedom to buy fancy pens and sticky notes from Staples to feed my other addiction.
Here is a peek at some of the essentials I keep on hand:
There are more things and I’m working on a list of must-have items to keep on hand. But for now, bask in the glory of my mason jars while I go make my pantry and fridge more presentable (the drawback of having little hands that like to re-arrange my cupboards on a daily basis).
What are some of your essential foods that you keep on hand?