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Stocking Up on Staple Items
I’m always asked: “Is it cheaper to just eat the convenience boxed foods at couponing prices or to cook from scratch?” Earlier this week we gave you a few examples that pretty much showed that it is the same cost either way. One way to enjoy cooking from scratch though is to always have a pantry stocked with the little things that a recipe might call for.
I don’t mean having the random can of sliced apricots that you’ll never open, but the true basic staple items that are common in many recipes you’ll want to try. To help you feel organized I put together two things for you:
This list can help you make sure you have it all. It is also a great way to note when you need to start looking for a sale on a particular item.
This is where “couponing” and “from scratch” cooking meet up. We want to grab all of these items when they are at their lowest price and stock up on them. Many of the items on this list you can get at even lower prices, but a goal should be to get them at the price listed or less. Stock up when you see that price and then you are set for any recipe that you come across.
Saving yourself from running to the store for that one item will not only save time, but also save a ton of money. Whenever I “run to the store” I will pay retail for things that I need. It’s just the way sales work.
Note: We all have different tastes so obviously this list can’t be all inclusive for everyone. It is just a list of the common ingredients in many common recipes.