Have you ever had one of those evenings where you realize at the last minute that you’ve completely forgotten to take something out for dinner? Or you find out that you need to bring a dessert to a church function? Or that a friend is coming over at the last minute and you should whip up something delicious to eat? I can raise my hand to basically all of those scenarios. Many times I will get a hankering for baking something sweet for my family to enjoy and I can do it at the drop of a hat. How can I do this?
Because I’ve learned the skill of always having a stocked pantry. There isn’t much that frustrates me more than wanting to cook or baking something to only realize I am completely out of a key ingredient.
I always want to be able to bake whenever the moment strikes. Cookies, cakes, brownies or a last minute dinner choice are easily pulled together when you have everything on hand. It also saves you money. How?
You are eating at home and not out.
That is huge all on its own. Recently after our move I needed to bring a dessert to a cookout. We had just moved the weekend before and we were still living out of boxes. Guess what, I ran to the grocery store on our way there and spent a whopping $30 on dessert. Yikes! I nearly fell over from shock when she told me my total. Cooking at home is always cheaper than eating out.
On those nights when my meat hasn’t thawed or I completely forgot to pull something out in the midst of the craziness, I know that I can always whip up pasta and garlic broccoli – my fall meal. Always having these items makes ordering out or hitting a drive through less likely because I’m prepared with a plan B.
You’re not going to the store frequently.
This is a big one for me. I shared my story of always spending more at the grocery the more I go, so I try to limit the number of times I need to go.
This is going to happen to everyone. You walk into the store for one item and you leave with 3 bags full because as you walk through you see a few things you remembered you needed, you see things that your hungry stomach is having a hankering for or you impulse by some kitchen item that you didn’t need. Ahem?
A stocked pantry solves that problem.
Buying in bulk is usually always the cheapest route. You will usually get a discount for buying more. This works in your favor on those staple items that you should always have on hand.
Cleaning items are typically always cheaper when you buy in bulk!
Having a stocked pantry not only benefits your family financially. It always allows you to extend hospitality at any time. If you always have flour, sugar, baking soda, butter and chocolate chips on hand you can always whip up a batch of cookies to give to someone else to cheer them up. A stocked pantry allows you to be willing to have unexpected guests over much more easily and without complaining. The Proverbs 31 Woman was always prepared to feed and clothe her family, are you?
Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
What kind of items should you always have on hand? Great question. I put together this free printable for you to reference!
Your turn! How does having a stocked pantry benefit your family? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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