Several of the items on this list are homemade, for example, the Baking Mix (similar to Bisquick), we home can tomatoes now- but on occasions we still purchase cans if we find them on sale or with coupons. My spice/seasoning list is considerably longer than this – but we don’t purchase them all at once.
When making our menu’s for the week, I generally take a look in the pantry to see what I have on hand (something many folks do Every single night at dinnertime), then sit down to compile the meal plan.
Once I have a list of meals, I literally carry that list into the pantry with me and do a quick check to see whether or not I have everything I need to make what’s on the list. Sometimes you may find that you don’t have a seasoning or don’t have brown sugar. If that’s the case and I still have weekly shopping to do, I may pick the item up, but more often than not, I find a substitute for it. For the brown sugar- I simply make my own using a bit of molasses and granulated sugar.
Keeping a fully stocked pantry & learning how to use substitutes will drastically reduce your monthly grocery bills.
Filled with an insatiable wanderlust to see the world, I've dedicated most of my life to saving money where I can so I can afford to see and do the things I want. I dug our family out of debt by reducing our grocery expense to less than $300 a month. You can too!