Any parent knows how expensive it can be to feed a family! Not having a stocked up pantry, and having to pop out to the store each day to buy items for lunch and dinner can cost a lot of money. There are some items that you cannot stock up on too much, as they have a limited shelf life, but there are some pantry items you should buy in bulk to save money.
Having a well-stocked pantry not only saves you money in the long run, but it stops you from having to visit the grocery store too often and helps you easily decide what to cook for dinner.
These are the pantry items that you should definitely buy in bulk to save money!
Whichever cooking oil you prefer to cook with, you should buy in bulk. Whether this is olive oil, vegetable oil, or coconut oil, it is cheaper to buy larger quantities. If you don’t like using a large bottle, have a small bottle next to the stove that you fill up when it runs out.
Legumes and Grains
Stock up on rice, oats, beans, lentils, and quinoa, whichever your family uses often. Buying these in bulk is always cheaper, and they offer up super easy dinners for when you aren’t sure what to make!
A kitchen can never have too many spices! Look out for spices on special, and you can always refill the bottles with packet spices when they run out. Even the simplest of meals can be given a new dimension with the right spices.
Liquid sweeteners can be honey, maple syrup, or the like. They are cheaper when bought in larger quantities. Make sure to check whether it needs to be kept in the fridge when opened, or if it is fine to store in a dark pantry.
Dried fruit is substantially cheaper when bought in bulk. It can be kept in the pantry as a snack, or to add to desserts or breakfasts.
Flour, baking soda, chocolate chips, and cocoa, all the different baking supplies are cheaper in bulk, and you can never have enough baking supplies in the pantry. Some baking supplies come in handy for dinners as well, so make sure to have these stocked up well.
Don’t grab small bags of nuts, these are much higher priced than the bulk bags. Nuts are great to add to different meals, or just to keep around as a quick and healthy snack.
Pumpkin, flax, or sesame seeds can often be much cheaper sold in bigger portions. These last for such a long time and can be kept for ages in the pantry.
There is nothing better than a pasta weeknight meal. Bulk pasta, not including specialty items, is usually much cheaper than individual bags. Pasta, if kept right, can have a very long shelf life in the pantry.
Peanut butter, or other nut butters such as almond or cashew butter, are cheaper when bought in larger portions. These are great to keep in the pantry for lunches and other snacks!