OK sing it with me. O pantry shelves, O pantry shelves - O how I love my pantry shelves! Were you singing to the tune of O Tannenbaum? I was!!!! LOL! (yep, now it is in your head all day).
Yes, I love my deep pantry. It sure does comes in handy and it truly does save money. So much of what I have was purchased cheaply! That is a huge savings in itself. Money in the bank. It also saves that I can do whatever meals or treats or snacks or whatever - without going shopping.
Most of us tend to spend MORE than we plan when we go to the store. It is pretty much a given.
Now that can be good - if you find super-duper deals - but it can also be a catalyst to just buy.
I had everything - for dinner and dessert. Nice feeling.
Had I not had turkey - well it could have been ham, brisket, pork roast, meatloaf, anything.
Over the weekend I decided to use some of my turkey to make turkey salad. Well, I look in frig and the jar of Mayo was about empty and it was pretty old and just smelled funky. It got tossed. I walked in and got a new jar from the pantry. No relish in the frig. Went downstairs and got a jar of home canned sweet relish. I cannot begin to tell you the last time I bought relish. I have been using homemade for years.
I grab a couple little onions (from garden) on my way back up the stairs.
I used the last two biscuits in sandwiches and I still had bread and snack crackers as well.
Grabbed the last roll of TP from the basket in the bathroom. Well, I replenished the basket with what I have in stock.
Chewable Vit. C bottle was very low - so I went in the medical cabinet and got another bottle. Good to go.
Filled dry cat food containers with supplies on hand and filled the bin with squirrel corn and bird seed with what I have on hand. Cleaned the cat litter pan - yep, you guessed it, with new litter I have on hand.
I have everything I need to make Christmas cookies, candy and breads. Trail Mix supplies on hand - I use whatever I have and make up my own as I go.
I have all kinds of foods I can make when the kids come up for Christmas. I can make BBQ baby wienies (cut up reg. ones) or BBQ meatballs. I can make pulled pork or Mexican chicken. I have cheeses of all sorts and crackers - pickles, olives, snacks. I have paper plates and napkins I can use to make the day a no 'dishes' day. I make tea and ice ahead of time. I will have cookie, candy and breads to munch on.
It is nice to be prepared. I love having "my own grocery" right here under my roof!!!!
It is more than groceries - many people don't think about other stuff.
Pet supplies of all types - food, litter, flea meds, heartworm meds
Wild critter supplies - birdseed, corn, suet (I make that), etc. **Use those empty feed bags for trash
Medical supplies of different sorts
Body and bath items
Cleaning supplies - I keep that simple. Vinegar, baking soda, magic erasers, cleanser, etc.
Outdoors & vehicles - ice melt, windshield washer fluids, antifreeze, Heat for gas tank, shovels, etc.
Laundry supplies - again I simplify. Laundry soap (use way less than it says), vinegar for softening, baking soda and peroxide for whitening.
Holidays - have tons of paper, bags, boxes and ribbons from past sales and I re-use over and over. Bought no cards this year - I have tons left from many years back.
Postage - I always have many, many stamps on hand
EXTRA socks, undies, clothes, etc. Make sure you are supplied - buy on sale and keep them till needed. **Also learn to mend
CASH - yes, always have cash on hand! You may not be able to get to the bank or use the bank. Having cash on hand would not solve all problems - but it sure can be helpful.
You all know the list goes on and on. Everything you use on a regular basis is what you need to have on hand. Things you need occasionally, yes have those as well.
We never know what can happen and we may need to rely solely on our pantries.
I am NOT worried about world events or supply chains - I am prepared.
I am NOT worried about bad weather and staying home - I am prepared.
I am NOT worried about illness that may keep me home - I am prepared.
If working I would NOT be worried about loss of income - I am prepared.
Someone needs help - I am NOT going to run short when I help.
The world can throw all kinds of curve balls our way - we need to be prepared.
So go and sing...........
O pantry shelves, O pantry shelves. O how I love my pantry shelves!!!!
Have a great day!