Wednesday, August 1, 2018

60 Cheap Items to Have in Your Pantry

We usually eat at home--it's cheaper and definitely healthier.  The reason we can easily cook meals at home is because we keep a well stocked pantry.  If you don't have the basics for cooking simple meals, the usual option is to just eat out which is both a money and health fail in many cases.  Here are the items we always have on hand in our pantry:

  1. Flour
  2. Sugar
  3. Spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried dill, turmeric, ginger, bay leaves, chili powder, curry powder, etc)
  4. Yeast
  5. Baking soda
  6. Baking powder
  7. Brown sugar
  8. Molasses
  9. Vanilla extract
  10. Chocolate chips
  11. Cake mixes/brownie mixes
  12. Condensed milk
  13. Evaporated milk
  14. Coconut milk
  15. Shortening
  16. Cooking oil
  17. Olive oil
  18. Vinegar
  19. Balsamic vinegar
  20. Corn meal
  21. Corn starch
  22. Canned tomatoes
  23. Canned vegetables
  24. Canned fruit
  25. Oatmeal
  26. Spaghetti sauce
  27. Assortment of pasta
  28. Rice
  29. Lentils
  30. Cous cous
  31. Barley
  32. Canned beans
  33. Dry beans
  34. Maseca (to make tortillas)
  35. Peanut butter
  36. Jams/jellys
  37. Honey
  38. Maple syrup
  39. Buckwheat pancake mix
  40. Mustard
  41. Ketchup
  42. Mayonaise
  43. Ethnic foods (Patis, chili oil, tahini, nori, soy sauce, rice wrappers)
  44. Canned soups
  45. Canned broth
  46. Gravy mixes
  47. Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries)
  48. Coffee
  49. Tea
  50. Nuts and seeds (walnuts, cashews, sun flower seeds, etc)
  51. Crackers
  52. Popcorn
  53. Salsa
  54. Canned fish (anchovies, tuna, sardines)
  55. Tomato products (tomato sauce, tomato paste, sun dried tomatoes)
  56. Pickles
  57. Hot sauce
  58. In the fridge: almond milk, butter, eggs
  59. In the freezer: we have cut way back on meat but keep some steak, some shrimp, and a chicken in the freezer for last minute meals for friends
  60. Fresh fruit and vegetables: we always have a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables on hand...melons, berries, bananas, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy...whatever is in season


  1. do not have balsamic vinegar, cous cous, maseca, buckwheat pancake mix, almond milk, Some of the things on the list, I do not eat. Others, I rarely eat. Plus, I have fruits and vegetables I dehydrated. I use so little flour and flour on hand has been here so long, I probably should toss it.

    1. You are right. Some people are gluten sensitive so they may have other types of gluten-free flour and of course people allergic to peanuts would skip the peanuts and peanut butter. Each person's pantry is unique but it is interesting to take a look into what other people have in their pantries!

    2. Cash,
      I am allergic to wheat! And, believe it or not, I can eat peanuts but not cashews! bummer!