As a follow up to yesterday’s post I want to talk about some of the things that we keep extra on hand to quickly throw together for a meal or to make a meal go further with kids.
- Pasta- you can get this for 49¢ at Kroger. We try to have 6-8 boxes.
- Pasta Sauce: we buy sugar free from Aldi- we keep 4 red and 4 white sauces
- Peanut Butter
- Beans (Black, Pinto, Kidney)
- Olives (Black and Green)
- Canned Mushrooms
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce (can)
- Real Maple Syrup
- Pancake Mix
- Onion Soup Mix
- Green Chiles
- Chicken and Beef Broth
These are some of the things we keep in stock at the house because they are things that we use on a regular basis. We shop first out of our pantry and if we had more space I would expand this to many more items. When you have a deep pantry you can wait to buy things when they go on sale rather then just buying whatever you need the day or week you need it.
We have a deep freezer that needs to be cleaned out this spring. Once we get the freezer cleaned out we will be expanding to meats and start to make frozen meals. It doesn’t necessarily cost double to double a recipe. This can reduce the overall cost of meals to less than $1 a meal.
Tomorrow we will talk about Aldi vs. Everywhere else.
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Just a note about the freezer. Leave the old stuff in there until you replace it with new. Your freezer is much more energy efficient when it is full. If you have a lot of open space in there, it will run more, raising your electric bill. You can fill plastic bottles with water and place in the empty spots. 😃
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