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Budget Pantry Staples (Frugal Friday)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 3, 2011 @ 7:30 pm In Frugal Friday,Pantry Challenge | 25 Comments


I’m coming off the heels of a month-long pantry challenge [5]. I learned a lot. And I’m glad it’s over.

It was a great exercise in making do with what we had as well as a wonderful reminder to be thankful. My cup overflows, for sure.

Build a Frugal Pantry

Spending a month scrounging in my pantry and freezer also reminded me to be a little more deliberate in what I choose to fill my pantry with. Many nights as I was throwing together a soup or pasta dish, I would say, “If only I had….” And quite often it was the same “if only’s” that I was wishing for.

Like last year, I have a renewed desire to build a frugal pantry [6], to take some time and money and methodically stockpile [7] the items that best suit our family’s dietary habits and best fit our budget.


I spent some time putting together a checklist of pantry staples that are building blocks of my go-to meals and I’m going to be on the look up for stock-up opportunities. When I finally busted out at the grocery store, I was amazed to find pasta for amazing prices — from 50 cents to free, after sales and coupons. Pasta plays a major role in my frugal pantry, so I bought about 24 boxes.

Yes, yes, I did.

But, I only paid about ten bucks for all of it.

A Staples Checklist

It took a little time to put together my Pantry Staples Checklist, but I’m so glad I did. It’s going to save me some thinking later in the month as I go about restocking. And restocking on staple items on sale is going to save me some money, too.

(I’ve made the checklist all spiffy with interactive checkboxes and a few fillable fields. It’s available to subscribers [9] and Facebook friends [10] during the month of February.)

What do YOU do to save money?

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