Meal Planning 101 – Step Two: How to Save Money on Pantry Staples

Meal planning saves money and time. One of my key strategies is to “shop your pantry” for meal ideas. But in order for it to work, you have to have a moderate supply of pantry staples built up.

Pantry staples are basic, whole food items that cold be included in a variety of meals. Pantry Staples can also be bought in bulk to save money.

You can download this free, printable list of what I consider to be essential staples to have on hand all the time.

How to Save Money on Pantry Staples:

  • Check the International Section of your Grocery store for staples like rice, soy sauce, and spices like cumin, cinnamon, and garlic powder. I recently found jasmine specialty rice in the regular grocery aisle for $2.33/lb. I looked in the international aisle, and found the exact same jasmine rice for just $1.25/lb. I typically purchase at least 10 pounds of rice at a time, so this is a significant savings!
  • Stock up on canned goods when they are on sale at Amazon or with coupons at the grocery store. I buy my Eden Organics Canned Beans from Amazon using Subscribe & Save.
  • Use coupons for organic frozen vegetables and fruit. Coupons for frozen items come out cyclically, so when you see them, that is the time to stock up. For example, brands like Woodstock Farms and Cascadian Farms often have coupons that you can use on their frozen produce. You can search my coupon database to see what is available.
  • Save money on organic meat by buying in bulk locally. You can find a local farmer by searching localharvest.org. I get grass-fed, local ground beef for $3.15 per pound this way. You can also check out my series: How to Save Money on Meat.

 What are YOUR strategies for saving money on pantry staples?

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