It sure seems like the fall and winter months are great times for stocking the pantries. So much is on sale - all the goodies and foods many use for holidays.
You need to take advantage while the getting is good. NOW is the time.
Over the past month turkeys could be purchased for mere pennies a pound. I am still noticing some cheap turkeys in the ads. Now .69/lb. but I know of nothing else one can buy that cheaply!! Hams are starting to be advertised as well. I am seeing prices from .79/lb. - .95/lb. NOT bad at all. I have seen ham butts, shank and spiral cut all for less than a dollar a pound.
Stock those freezers for the next 6 months to a year with these inexpensive meats! Seriously, you cannot even get lunchmeat this cheap. Get it now and use it all year. There are many uses for each, and you can even grind it and use it along with other ground meats or oats or crackers to extend. You can extend these items with lentils or beans as well.
We have to be aware and watch everything.
Baking goods and ingredients are super cheap now. Stock your pantry with flour, sugar, chips, nuts, seasonings, spices, etc. Canned pumpkin has been 10/$10 here for a while - $1 a can is great for those who like pumpkin.
Remember to look at other places than just grocery stores. Many places like Ollie's, Big Lots, and even Rural King sell spices and seasonings very cheaply. You can often get big containers.
I tend to get many things like cinnamon or onion powder at Ollie's. It is super cheap. You can even check the dollar stores for items.
Produce has many items that are seasonal as well. I am seeing potatoes on sale now. 10 lb. bag for less than $2 is the going rate at the moment in my area - but I imagine even bigger bags will be value priced before Christmas. Cabbage will be going on sale cheaply around the new year. Most fall crops like carrots, potatoes, winter squash, root veggies are now having great prices.
You can keep winter squash for a long, long time in a cool dark place (not frig). Make sure you keep onions and potatoes separate to make them last longer.
Apples are pretty cheap now. And oranges and grapefruit are coming into their cheaper season as well.
MAKE SURE you check the clearance and mark down section of the produce department as well. You can get some great deals there.
Canned goods are being priced nicely now as well. I know many don't like canned products, but some do, and it is a good time to stock. Soups of all kinds are being put on sale. All the 'cream of' soups have been marked down - since so many use in cooking. Also, those bigger cans of pour and heat soups are on sale. Not everyone can or wants to make homemade soup and some of these options are wonderful deals. I do like having a few on the ready to eat soups (not condensed) soups on hand, just in case. If one gets sick - it is nice to have a nice and easy meal to use.
Many canned veggies and fruits are on sale this time of the year as well.
In the next couple weeks even things that may not be considered pantry items (but are) will be cheaper. Cards, paper, and decorations will be marked down to dirt cheap. Many gift packs will be marked down - this is a good way to stock up on gifts for the future and even for yourself. You can get many health and beauty items for pennies for your own pantry.
Prices continue to rise. Inflation is a given. Be smart and beat the 'powers that be' at their own game! Get your pantry stocked, while the getting is good. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!
Buy cheap - and stock up. It is just the smart thing to do.
Buy what you use and like. Buy enough to last a long while, especially when prices are super cheap. Odds are you won't see those cheap prices again for a long while.
USE what you stock.
I know I have said it many times - but I can't stress it enough - buying sales, clearance, mark downs, etc. is MONEY IN THE BANK!
Yes, it is!
Be smart and get stocked for whatever may come your way. Always be prepared for anything.