A Few More Pantry Pics and My Pantry Philosophy

With today’s photo challenge subject being “pantry”, I thought I’d share the theory behind mine. I have two pantries. One of them holds all of the colorful jars filled with goodness from our garden that I preserve. (Well, at least several shelves) The other shelves are occupied by a mixer, a grinder, some overflow of dishes from the kitchen and my canning spices. I don’t have a full picture of this pantry, you’ll have to take my word on this one.

My second pantry is my main food pantry. It is where I keep my canned, boxed, bagged and other non-perishable foods. There is also some of my overflow of paper products and household products in there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then have my kitchen cupboards where I store the items I want to use first. I am a firm believer in having a well stocked pantry for several reasons. My first reason is to be prepared. I try to have at least three months of food on hand in case of emergencies. Between both pantries, the kitchen cupboard and two freezers there’s no doubt that I have accomplished that. When I say emergency, that covers everything from a job loss to a national disaster. If you will notice, there are a lot of basic items in there. Flour, sugar, vinegars, oils, etc. That way, if I don’t have it, I can probably make it.

Another reason I try to keep my pantry stocked is because I have a daughter in college. When she comes home, she is welcome to “shop” in the pantry and take anything she wants. All of the items I’ve purchased have been bought at a discount with coupons and sales. She hasn’t mastered that yet, so by her taking items from there, it’s actually saving us both money.

And the third reason is just that I don’t ever want to be in the middle of cooking something and not have an item on hand (or at least a substitute). There really is nothing more frustrating!

As you can tell, I am not an “extreme couponer” that has rooms and rooms of items that came free with coupons whether we’ll ever use them or not. I just don’t have the time or energy for that! I do, however, want to make sure that I can take care of my family and continue to provide nutritious, flavorful meals no matter what happens. Oh, and I don’t think we’ll ever run out of razors, but that’s a story (and a different closet) for another day.

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About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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6 Responses to A Few More Pantry Pics and My Pantry Philosophy

  1. This is a great article! It’s great to see that you can save money, provide healthy food, and keep the stockpile well organized. This is great. I recently posted a new blog titled Women – The quest for the perfect excuse. I was hoping if you have the time would you be kind enough to share some of your cleaning/sorting tips.

  2. Pingback: Organization is Beneficial for Frugality | Fine Frugality

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