How to Stock a Pantry

When I got married, I did not really know how to stock a pantry and meal-planning so that also meant that I didn’t know much about grocery shopping in an organized way and on a budget. I had a lot to learn as the years went by and our family grew and one thing was how to stock a pantry. I wanted to do the best that I could with the money we had and to be a good steward of what God blessed us with. To say that we showed hospitality on a regular basis would be a lie.  I had so much to learn. 



Now that I have years of experience and trial/error behind me, I am doing my best to help my daughters learn how to stock a pantry earlier than I did about these things and so I would like to help others also in this area.


Start Here First 

One of the first things to do is make a list of items that you know you use most every day.  We are talking about baking items, pasta, can goods, and condiments.  Spices are also something that seems to be forgotten until needed. This is not a great thing for your budget. I am going to share my pantry list here and then my freezer list.  I may leave something off but it will be a good start to help you get to thinking about your list.



Pantry Items to Keep on Hand:

Canned beans

Canned vegetables

Tomato sauce

Diced tomatoes

Whole Tomatoes

Stock/broth – (beef, chicken & vegetable)

Dry beans


Nut Butter




Canned Meat (Tuna, salmon, chicken)


Baking Items to Keep on Hand

Flour of different types

Sugars, White/brown

Powder Sugar

Baking Soda

Baking Powder



Powder Milk

Healthy Oil (I use avocado or coconut oil)




Meal Plan & Stay On Track For The Month

We have another post that we wrote to help even more with stocking up and meal planning for the month. We think you will find helpful tips to use at your home.  Go read more here

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