I have "tendencies" towards hoarding.
I've always loved to play Grocery Store. Every since I was a little girl when my mom would give me empty cereal boxes and rinsed-out cans of vegetables, I've been stocking and re-stocking my shelves.
Today, as a Home Economist in Training, I am taking that love of playing Grocery Store to the next level....in my basement.
My rules in keeping a Well Stocked Pantry are:
(1) Only purchase and store what you know your family will be consuming in the next 6 months, making sure to rotate older items to the front as you buy new to replace them.
(2) When you find a good bargain, and if you can afford to do so, buy 2 or 3 of the same item.
(3) Try to keep everything visible so that you know what you have.
(4) Visit your pantry regularly, especially when you're putting together your shopping list and when you're planning your weekly meals.
My goal in keeping a Well Stocked Pantry is three fold:
(1) If the need arises for an emergency cake or snack for entertaining, you're all set - no need to waste gas running to the grocery store for an unplanned run;
(2) If you have a well stocked pantry and freezer, you'll be able to make many more meals (if not all) at home instead of eating out, thus saving lots of money; and
(3) If your pantry and freezer are really well stocked to suit your family's needs, there will be some weeks that the only thing you need to buy at the grocery store is fresh bread, eggs and milk. That translates to BIG savings if you can imagine cutting out one week's worth of a grocery bill out of your monthly budget.