Friday, October 4, 2013

Stocking the Pantry on a Budget

A well stocked pantry is supposed to save you money. It won't do that if you are paying full price for everything. So you do need to know prices and know when things are on sale. You do need to learn how to properly store goods long term. But you also need to learn when and how to use coupons and store sales. Today I managed to spend $7.82 and save $17.99. For that $7.82, I bought 2 packages of diapers to donate, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 2 jars of spaghetti sauce,  a 6 pack of organic yogurt smoothies, and $2.60 of candy for the birthday girl. The yogurt was free (coupon direct from the manufacturer) and the tomato sauce was free.  Each package of diapers cost $1.86 with tax and the spaghetti sauce was 79 cents each.  Definitely cheaper than full price. Which means I can afford to provide for our family, donate to food banks/pregnancy centers, and splurge on things like coffee, beer, soda, ice cream, and treats for the kids every so often which truly makes a big difference around here.

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