Build a Frugal Pantry

In case you didn’t know, I’ve also got a recipe site. Last year I realized that if I wrote about all the things that I wanted to write about, a large majority of it would be about food. And that’s not what this blog is about. So, Good — and Cheap — Eats was born. It’s become a little place on the web for me to catalog my recipes and let the foodie in me have free reign.

True confession: I love food.

The Eat from the Pantry Challenge was a great success for me personally as it showed me how much good stuff I had in my cupboards. And I thought, How can I be more purposeful in building a delicious — and frugal — pantry?

Some brain storming, some emails, and a cute button later, the Build a Frugal Pantry series is ready to go! Over the next few weeks some fantastic bloggers and I will be bringing you ideas, recipes, and ingredients for you to add to your shopping cart. Each week we’ll feature a different ingredient. And to coordinate the two blogs and my brain cells, Ultimate Recipe Swaps will be synced with that Ingredient of the Week.

Here’s March’s schedule for URS:

3/4 – Flour
3/11 – Whole Grains
3/18 – Eggs
3/25 – Baked Goods that feature  leavenings (yeast, baking soda, baking powder, salt)
To kick off the Build a Frugal Pantry series, I’ve got a plateful of giveaways lined up. Pop on over and get a taste of some Good — and Cheap — Eats.
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Comments

  1. I’m sooo looking forward to this series! I’m struggling to rebuild my pantry and am finding it extremely tough to make good decisions…

  2. I think you are so smart to not just think about building a frugal pantry, but a delicious one as well. I know full well that I could build a really, really cheap pantry, but it would be full of things we don’t like. I need to concentrate on getting great deals on the stuff we actually want to use. Does that make sense? I think this series is really going to help give me a few new ideas on that.

  3. What a great idea! I’m looking forward to it!

  4. I can’t wait to read this series! Over the past year and a half couponing, I have come to see that I don’t need to get all the free items I can just because they are free, especially when we don’t eat that stuff!! Now, I focus on getting good prices on the items we actually do use for my pantry and saving most of my free couponing items for personal care stuff.

  5. I’m telling you, the arabic stores are the BEST places for produce. Today I picked up 3 ginormous leeks, for 1.50. Huge eggplants were 50 cents! I bought 4 huge bags of groceries for $27.00. It’s like every fruit and vegetable is always a price loss leader. I know it’s not just the one near us, my friend in Orange County has one near her with the same outrageously low prices on produce, dried beans and canned goods. How about grape seed oil for $7.00 a bottle? A bottle half the size was $20.00 in my grocery store. Need I mention grape seed oil is much better for you and has a much higher smoke point than olive? A healthy bunch of cilantro $0.25! Need I say more? I hope you can find one near you! Happy bargain hunting.

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