The Bulk Force Is Strong With Me
I recently cleaned out my pantry. Apparently, I have a serious problem with buying too much in the bulk department. For example, I get really excited when rice goes on sale 2 pounds for a buck and I just can’t help myself! What can I say – I don’t get out enough! I was admittedly a little freaked out to discover my food-hoarding tendencies (as evidenced by the photos below). It’s all good though because, on a positive note, I found a goldmine in my pantry that can be used to slim down the grocery bill for the next few months.
I’ve since given myself a stern talking to and will NOT be buying anything else of that nature unless I am out and need it right away. Never fear though – all those dry goods will last a long time.
Bulk Foods Are A Frugal Win!
Buying food in the bulk department of my grocery store makes me happy. I cook most everything from scratch, which is already mega-cheap, but its even better when I can get ingredients on sale. When things do go on sale in that department, I take full advantage and stock up. You can get tons of tasty and nutritious things this way; dried beans, rice, baking supplies and nuts. It’s a great way to lower your grocery bill and have nutritious foods on hand.
Planning Meals Saves Money
To conquer this mess, I broke out my mason jars. I just absolutely love these things. They are so useful, cheap and pretty! How could you not love them? I now have all my dried beans, rice, nuts, and grains housed handily in these beauties. Unfortunately, I couldn’t fit the baking supplies, such as sugar and flour in them. These items will stay in their bags until I can use them. I cook so much, freshness shouldn’t be an issue. The before picture is below. (I conveniently posted the tidied-up version at the beginning of the post).
This got me thinking that cleaning out your freezer and pantry is a great thing to do periodically. I mean, seriously, it’s so stinking easy to lose track of whats way in the back. When did I buy those tamales? Where did this roast come from? What IS that? I usually go through my fridge pretty often when I’m planning my menu for the week. The pantry and freezer get a glance as well, but from here on out, I will be doing a more thorough search and rescue mission before menu planning.
I’ve been saving quite a bit on our grocery bill since by planning meals using these recovered items. Lets just say it will be quite some time before I need rice or beans. Please organize an intervention if I deviate from this plan during the next few months!
This post has gotten me thinking about how many meals I could potentially make with all this stuff. Plus – I haven’t even gone through the freezer! I may not shop for months! Look for the menu plan in my next post!