Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Basic Pantry List..

When I decided to become a frugal diva, I chose my kitchen to be my starting point. I researched frugal sites and this is a list that I keep laminated in my pantry. I keep (almost) everything on my list in stock. You just never know when you will need something, and I personally HATE ( I know, its such a strong word!) running to the store a million times for something I forgot!

So...I am posting this Basic Pantry List- Courtesy of BetterBudgeting.com. Spring is here, so what better way to start your spring cleaning then getting your kitchen and pantry in order!
Reminds me...My needs straightening out!(mumble..mumble, me and my big mouth!)

Much Love & Happy Homemaking!

Dry Goods:
Coffee Cornmeal Cornstarch Cream of Wheat Dry Beans (black, pinto, navy, etc...) Dry Cereals Dry Milk Powder (will save you many trips to the store when you are running low on fresh milk) Flour (all-purpose, and bread or wheat) Granulated Sugar (and sugar substitute) Grits (if you're fortunate enough to live in the south, otherwise they can be difficult to find) Jelly (grape, raspberry, strawberry preserves, etc...) Long-grain White Rice and Brown RiceOatmeal (quick cooking and regular) Pasta (spaghetti, fettuccini, elbows, penne, rigatoni, shells, twists, lasagna, wide egg noodles, etc...) Peanut Butter (natural is best, stir and store in fridge) Popcorn Ramen Noodles Tea
Biscuit Mix Buttermilk Powder Cake Mix Coffee Creamer Gravy Mix (warehouse clubs sell this by the pound!) Pancake Mix Peanuts, Other Nuts & Seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, soy nuts, sunflower seeds, etc... store in fridge) Pudding and Jello Mixes
Additional Baking Supplies:
Baking PowderBaking SodaChocolate Chips Condensed MilkConfectioners' Sugar Dark Brown SugarEvaporated MilkLight Brown SugarLight Corn Syrup Vanilla Extract (not flavoring)Yeast Packets (store in fridge)
Almond Bark (melting chocolate) Almond Extract Brownie, Cake and Muffin Mixes (when on sale!) Decorative Sugar and Sprinkles Food Coloring Hershey's® Cocoa Powder Honey Molasses Raisins Shredded Coconut (store in fridge) Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
Basil Bay Leaves Bouillon Cubes (chicken and beef) Chili Powder Cinnamon Garlic Ginger Nutmeg Onion Powder Oregano Paprika Parsley Pepper (coarse ground) Rosemary Sage Salt (low-sodium, Morton® iodized and sea salt)
Celery Seeds Chives Cloves Cumin Curry Powder Dry Mustard Poppy Seeds Sesame Seeds Thyme
Canned Goods:
Chicken Broth (or store your own in the freezer whenever you boil a chicken) Fruit (sliced peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail - packed in their own juice!) Soups (chicken noodle, tomato, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, etc...) Tomatoes (diced, crushed) Tomato Paste Tomato Sauce Tuna (white albacore), or Chicken Vegetables (baked beans, green beans, corn, peas, sliced mushrooms, etc...)
Crab Meat Hot Dog Chili Pie Fillings Pumpkin Salmon Salsa Spaghetti Sauce
Condiments & Misc.:
Applesauce Barbecue Sauce Canola Oil Cooking Spray Ketchup Mayonnaise Mustard Olive Oil Pancake Syrup Salad Dressing Soy Sauce Vegetable Shortening Vinegar Worcestershire Sauce
Apple Butter Apple-Cider Vinegar Bottled Water (for emergencies) Mini-marshmallows Olives (black or green) Pickle Hamburger Chips Pickle Relish Teriyaki Sauce
Bread: (as needed)
Bagels English Muffins Hotdog or Hamburger Buns Graham Crackers Multi-Grain Bread Pretzels Ritz®-like Crackers Tortillas (low carb if available)
Perishable Items: (as needed)
Dairy (milk, eggs, real butter, margarine, cheese, sour cream, Cool Whip®, ice cream, yogurt, etc...) Fresh Fruit in Season or on Sale (apples, bananas, berries, oranges, grapes, melons, etc...) Fresh Vegetables in Season or on Sale (asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, corn on the cob, green peppers, mushrooms, etc...) Garlic Meat, Fish & Poultry - whatever you like, as long as it's on sale! Onions (yellow, sweet or red-which are actually purple) Potatoes (white, small red, yellow/gold or sweet) Salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, etc...)

PS. If you cant copy and paste my list, you can grab it here :

What is TDFD all about?

What is a domestic and frugal diva? Well, thats why I started this blog. I was never into frugal shopping, or being a domestic engineer, until I was married with kids. Money wasnt stretching as far as it used to, and OMGosh, my house was in shambles all the time! Finally, one day I had enough! It was time to put some order in my house and take control of our money! Was it easy at first? No, do I still struggle sometimes? Of course I do, I'm human, not superwoman! It was a step by step process. One baby step at a time. No matter what your financial situation, or what shambles your home is in, I can help bring the diva out in you! I am new to blogging, so it will take me a little time to get used to the whole set up and the in's and outs, but stay tuned, because we are gonna go on a fun journey to getting your home and life in order! I have lots of plans for TDFD, so keep checking back for updates, tips and ideas, giveaways, and anything else in between! Please, feel free to leave me any comments or suggestions, I know there is always a wiser woman out there than me, and I love learing new tips and ideas as well!

Much Love & Happy Homemaking!