There really hasn’t been any good sales in the neighborhood over the last few weeks (hence I haven’t really posted anything lately – on top of that, my parents are in town! More on that in another post.)
I couldn’t imagine being tight on money, needing to feed my family, and not really having many options. All the meat and produce (the bulk of wholesome, fresh food) are ridiculously high this week, as it was last week as well. This dilemma inspired my blog entry today.
So, when the price of meat and produce is high, what should you buy?
Here are 9 go-to pantry items I recommend buying, as well as other foods that generally do not fluctuate in price very much or often:
- Canned tuna (A can of tuna is more than enough protein for a meal, and you are likely to find a can of tuna for less than $1.50.
- Dried beans, legumes, and pasta.
- Canned tomatoes (stewed, diced, sauce, pasta sauce and paste). Very versatile. You can make anything from pasta to stew with canned tomatoes.
- Oats, grits, polenta, porridge.
- Bananas (bananas generally are always under $1 a lb, and can be purchase for less than $3 a bunch all year round.)
- Eggs (even when eggs are expensive, it’s still a great investment. Even if you pay $4 a dozen, that’s still a week of protein-rich breakfast. If you can find a dozen eggs for under $2 a dozen, I highly recommend stocking up. Eggs are such a great meal idea any time of day – breakfast for dinner anyone?)