Having a well-stocked pantry has always been a goal of mine. When I was a teenager I spent the summer on my aunt & uncle’s farm, they were quite remote and I was so impressed by their well-stocked pantry. There are many benefits of a pantry whether you have a large family or are an empty nester.well-stocked pantry

 

Depending on where you live you may be minutes to a grocery store or you may live quite a distance from the nearest grocery store. My husband and I are empty nesters and we live in a rural area and it is at least a twenty-minute drive to a small grocery store. To go to one of the large chain stores or even a “box store” like Costco or BJ’s is a forty-five minute drive. When you have a well-stocked pantry you never need to worry about making those unexpected trips to the grocery store.well stocked pantry

 

Stocking up also saves money. You can take advantage of sales and you can also buy in bulk from your local food co-op. Once a year our local food co-op has a case lot sale. You can purchase all sorts of items but you must purchase a case. I can buy a case of beans for example, which helps me to have a well stocked pantry.

 

When planning to buy in bulk you must know the options for food buying in your area. Aside from the local grocery store there may be food co-ops, warehouse stores such as BJ’s or Sam’s or even local farmers. Be aware of the loss leader sale items, which appear on the front and back of sale flyers. These are meant to get you into the store and will usually beat any price in a wholesale store. Again, it is important to know your food prices so you can find the deals.

You may wonder why my husband and I even buy in bulk. Bulk buying isn’t just for large families; you just want to buy enough to get you to the next sale. Each family will buy according to their need. Be aware of expiration dates as well. There is no point in having a pantry stocked with items that are no longer good to eat! Buying in bulk will help give you a well-stocked pantry.

We have learned the lesson of why you should have a well-stocked pantry several times! One year we had a houseful of company and we were hit with a terrible flood, all the roads were washed out and we couldn’t get to the store if we wanted to! We were blessed to have a well-stocked pantry. We ate well that week without having to worry about getting to the store.well stocked pantry

 

A well stocked pantry can also help  during times when you are under financial stress. My husband was laid off from work and it was six months before he found another job. It was such a good feeling to know we could eat from our pantry and spend a minimal amount of groceries during that time of unemployment. There are many reasons for having a well-stocked pantry. I love the feeling of walking into my pantry and knowing we are prepared for whatever lies ahead.well stocked pantry

 

Having a well stocked pantry is just one of the goals of being more self reliant. During the month of May I am teaming up with other bloggers as we challenge ourselves to live a more self reliant lifestyle for the entire month!  Join us as we challenge ourselves to live a more self reliant lifestyle!

AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead

Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead

Robin – A Life in the Wild

Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry

Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm

Ashley – Practical Self Reliance

ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance

Frank – My Green Terra

Maria – Maria Zannini

Lisa Lynn – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront (that’s me!)

8 comments on “The Benefits of a Well-Stocked Pantry

Margy on May 21, 2018 5:19 pm

We live a 25 minute boat ride and 10 minute drive from the grocery store in town. For us having a well stocked pantry means big savings in travel costs (both time and money). If we go away on a trip, we like to return without going to the store. It makes a long travel day a lot easier. When that happens we usually live out of our pantry for up to a week. I have both home canned and store-bought staples always on hand. I also have a kitchen garden that produces something in all seasons. Having a few fresh things to add makes our pantry meal more interesting and healthy. We do not like powdered or canned milk for coffee or drinking. It costs more, but we always have shelf stable milk and creamers on hand to tide us over. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on May 21, 2018 11:04 pm

Margy,
You definitely have a well stocked pantry! Sounds like you live the same distance we do from a store. Although I might enjoy going to the store by boat! 🙂

Lisa Lynn on May 22, 2018 2:11 pm

I’m trying to use up a lot of canned goods in preparation for the new stock this year. 🙂 We always have enough that we could eat for about a month, maybe 2, without going to the store. I feel much better knowing that we are prepared to fend for ourselves. 🙂

Nancy Wolff on May 22, 2018 2:37 pm

Kisa,
the key to having a wsuccessful panty is rotating your stock! I love my pantry!

April J Harris on May 22, 2018 4:59 pm

A well stocked pantry is definitely a beautiful, useful thing, Nancy. I’m very envious of all those gorgeous jars of homemade pickles and preserves! As there are only two of us at home now, my larder is a bit smaller, but I do still love to keep plenty of things on hand. By the way, I think your lovely comment went into my spam folder somehow. It was there on the site, and then it disappeared! If you do have time to pop back I will be sure to check and re-approve it. It happens to me occasionally that my comments go into people’s spam folders…silly WordPress!! Anyway, thank you so much for sharing, and for all your support of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Sharing this post on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today. Hope your week is going well!

Nancy Wolff on May 22, 2018 5:35 pm

April,
My pantry is not as full as it used to be as it is only my husband and I. However we still live quite a distance from the store so I like to keep things on hand! I love your Hearth and Soul and following your blog!

Michele Morin on May 24, 2018 1:54 pm

YES!
We live in the country, so a trip to the store takes a fair amount of time, and I also homeschool, so I’m not really free to just “run to the store” for a gallon of milk or a missing ingredient. I love the pictures you shared from your canning industry! It’s hard work, but I love my shiny rows of glass jars.

Nancy Wolff on May 24, 2018 10:03 pm

Michele,
I’m like you, I love my pantry when it’s fulled with full glass jars! 🙂

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