The Most Frugal Staples to Keep in Your Pantry

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You guys, food is EXPENSIVE. Like seriously expensive. I don’t know if it’s because I now have a teenage boy in wrestling, or because my 5 year old recently started eating more, or if I am just really starting to pay more attention, but I spend a lot of money on groceries each week. It seems like the morning after a big grocery shopping trip, I’m already running low on food. It’s amazing how quickly we go through it. 

I have found though that as long as I keep some specific foods in the house it helps keep our food costs down quite a bit. If you are wondering what these foods are, this list of the most frugal staples to keep in your pantry will help keep you prepared for all the food your growing family will eat and save money at the same time. 

The Most Frugal Staples to Keep in Your Pantry

This list is not all inclusive, but it certainly helps you get started on your frugal pantry!

Spices and Herbs

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Etc.

Baking Goods

  • Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips

Dried Goods

  • Beans (Pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans)
  • Rice
  • Pasta 
  • Cornmeal
  • Cornstarch
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts and Seeds (almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc)

Canned Goods

  • Chili 
  • Beans
  • Soups
  • Vegetables (peas, green beans, corn, etc)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Condensed milk
  • Tuna
  • Canned Chicken

All of these pantry staples make creating budget friendly meals quick and easy and helps you to keep your grocery budget under control. 

What are your favorite pantry staples to keep on hand? What are your favorite budget friendly recipes? How often do you cook from scratch?

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