Stock Smart: Pantry & Fridge Picks on a Budget
Budget-friendly and Nutrient-rich Foods to Keep in your Fridge, Freezer and Pantry
  • Pantry
  • Canned beans (everything from black and pinto, refried and black-eyed, garbanzo and kidney, red and great northern)
  • Canned corn, green beans, carrots and beets
  • Canned tomato products (sauce, crushed and petite diced tomatoes (Jeff hates big tomato chunks!)
  • Canned mandarin oranges, peaches and pineapple (in light syrup or 100% juice)
  • Dried fruits (raisins, figs, tart cherries, dates)
  • Dry cereal (from whole-grain frosted mini wheat squares, cheerios, raisin bran and oat squares, to Jeff's favorite night-time snack of sugary cereals!)
  • Oatmeal (quick-cooking and old-fashioned in big canisters)
  • Pastas and noodles (both whole-wheat and white versions)
  • Rice (white and brown)
  • Nuts & seeds (peanuts, cashews, mixed nuts, sunflower seeds)
  • Peanut butter (creamy & crunchy)
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Spices from A (allspice) to Z (za'tar) I literally have dozens of spices and herbs
  • Flour, sugar, brown sugar, low-calorie sweeteners
  • Fresh onions and garlic
  • Fresh red, russet and gold potatoes
  • Assorted oils and vinegars
  • Canned black olives & mushrooms (my favorite pizza ingredients!)
  • Canned/jarred pizza sauce
  • Diet soda
  • Canned tuna and salmon
  • Chocolate chips
  • Fridge
  • Eggs, large and extra large
  • 100% orange, apple and grapefruit juice
  • Milk (we're a 1% family)
  • Chocolate syrup (to make chocolate milk & also for ice cream sundaes!)
  • Buttermilk
  • Yogurt (assorted light and Greek)
  • Butter sticks (salted and unsalted)
  • Light tub margarine
  • Salsa in jars
  • Cheese (mozzarella blocks for fast shredded for pizza, string cheese, shredded Mexican and cheddar)
  • Whole wheat flour tortilla shells
  • Corn tortilla shells
  • Whole grain cornmeal
  • Maple syrup
  • Assorted Asian sauces and seasonings
  • Lemon and lime juice (bottled)
  • Baby carrots
  • At least one in-season fruit and/or vegetable
  • Freezer
  • Frozen vegetables (plain unseasoned varieties like green peas, edamame shelled, broccoli florets, corn, Brussels sprouts, sugar snap peas)
  • Frozen mixed berries (unsweetened)
  • Uncooked pork, beef and chicken (bought on sale to use later)
  1. Have plenty of zippered freezer bags and freezer paper on hand so you can take advantage of sales to stock up!
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