I have always been inclined to have a pantry, perhaps it comes from being around my Grandma. Who’s generation lived through the depression and was very skilled at stretching things. It seems that more and more people have fallen into the practice of shopping weekly for all their grocery’s. Keeping just enough food on hand for a few days. Through out my live I’ve seen many times why this is not a good idea. You really never know when having some staples stored up will be a huge help.
We live in a snow belt. Just last week the schools were closed for 3 days and the roads also. Yes they did open for short spells, but do you really want to drive on bad roads and then get stuck at town when they close again? It’s a wonderful feeling to see the snow falling and not have to worry that your short on food, water and other supplies. In the summer like wise storms can knock power out for hours or days.
Another good reason for stocking a pantry is income loss. I can’t count the times hubby has been laid off work with little notice, or weather has reduced his work hours. Even a tax mix up can happen leading to your refunds being cut off. Yes that happened to us a few years ago. We went to town to shop and found a bill in the mail. We knew we didn’t owe it but it took months to sort out. Our income was greatly reduced during that time and we were able to live almost entirely off our pantry stores.
Prices are always going up. In the past few years we have seen more frequent price jumps as inflation affects all sectors. Do you remember the grain crises a few years ago? Almost over night a 8 kg bag of rice went from $6.00 to nearly $20.00! Like wise wheat berries, as well as processed flour more then doubled. With the price of grains rising it drove the prices of all grocery’s up. Having a good stock of goods at home can help protect you from sudden increases. It allows you time to save up to restock your goods, and to watch for sales.
Keeping a pantry saves a lot of money! I don’t buy the same things every week. Instead I have a master list of what our family uses. I keep a base amount on hand at all times. I mark off a list how many we have used and when I see a good sale I can replace them. It’s even better if you can use coupons on sale items. This helps since I normally don’t get caught having to replace all items that go up in price at the same time.
Check back soon to learn how to keep track of your pantry.