I have a plan for my pantry and our future.
I guess it may not be much different than what I do now - but I plan on working it harder.
My plan is to buy just the basics I need each week - remember - I have lots of food here. Basically, all we would need would be milk, eggs, and occasional fresh veggies or fruit. Summer is coming soon (as in gardening), and Farm Markets will be starting in a few weeks, so I will be able to have lots of fresh on hand. We don't eat much that isn't fresh during the summer, so that is a help.
I will be spending my money on stocking up. I should never need to spend more than a few dollars on have to haves and the rest will be stocking up.
As usual, I will be watching markdowns and clearance and making purchases at Aldi (case lots) and odds and ends at the Dollar Tree.
I know this isn't buying all local - I wish I could find all I want locally. It really is hard to do here in the city. I will try my best with farm stands and local farm markets.
There are some items that have to purchased at stores. Toilet paper is one, and pet food, dish soap, health and beauty, peroxide and medical are others. I try to keep plenty of items on hand - but I want to be able to feel totally comfortable, should the worst happen.
I don't really have a grocery budget - never have. I buy what I want and need. As I said, we have plenty here - and when I plan my meals - I go to the pantry and the freezer and get my supplies. I will continue to use our supplies, but I will concentrate on adding to the lauder.
I plan on growing as much as possible and canning/freezing what I can. I plan on watching the farm stands for things I have no luck growing. Stores will fill in the rest.
I am making a concerted effort this summer to fully prepared for anything. I am in no way trying to panic, I just want to be prepared for whatever. I want to feel secure. SECURITY IS EVERYTHING!
I know prices are going to continue to rise for many, many reasons.
Our pantry is kind of like another bank account for us. Sale prices are literally money in the bank.
SO, that's my plan and I am sticking to it!!!!!!
What is your plan this summer?