So. I just set foot in a "real" grocery store yesterday since before the New Year. I think December 27th to be exact. We've been living out of our cabinets for the past 24 days and it was pretty good. Losing tomato sauce and diced tomatoes put a damper on my spirits though.
Now that my cabinets are getting bare, I decided to make a list of my "Stockpile Items". These are items that I (or the family) will eat no matter what. They won't go unused in my cabinets (like potato pancake mix...). This will save me money because I can concentrate on price points for these particular products and these only. When I see a good deal on them - I can scoop them up.
Here we go (and this is just my preference - everyone is different):
- All Pasta (preferably those fortified with fiber. i.e. Ronzoni Smart Taste)
- All Tomato Sauce
- Diced Tomatoes
- Tomato Paste
- Tuna Fish
- Kidney, Black & Pinto Beans
- Vegetable Oil
- Bread Crumbs
- Parmesan Cheese
- Granulated Sugar
- Powdered Sugar (I'm addicted to cookies)
- Salad Dressing
- Baked Beans
- Canned Chili (the husband's favorite)
- Any jarred/canned peppers
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables (sparingly, as we eat mostly frozen vegetables)
- Meat (preferably lean cuts)
- Ice Cream
- Breakfast Sausage
I'm really trying to stay away from the processed crap: Stuff like Rice-A-Roni and Hamburger Helper. Believe me - I'm not knocking people who eat this or feed this to their kids. I grew up on Hamburger Helper (and I LOVE this crap) - but I'm just trying to eat better (salt really does a number on me these days! I'm old!) - and as a result - the rest of the family has to miss out. I do like to keep Ramen Noodles in the house though. Go figure.