Stole a sip of my roommate's milk this morning for tea - time to go grocery shopping again! If you're like me, you've probably got a backstock of food in your pantry of stuff you've bought over the months and just haven't got around to eating. I decided there was no point in wasting money by buying non-essentials, which would probably just end up cluttering my pantry. Therefore, I decided I'd limit myself to the $10 cash in my wallet. (Budgeting tip: if you're trying to save money, pay cash instead of plastic!)
Admittedly, the milk sale ($2.77 for a gallon) improved my budget. I was low on pasta... there's always a sale on one brand or another, so that was an easy buy. I was also low on cereal, so I checked for sales - store brands are often on sale. Whole wheat cereals leave me feeling full for hours and keep my blood sugar stable. I've learned the hard way that rice cereals suck at both tasks, so breakfast food was an easy choice (store brands not made of rice or pure sugar: fake-raisen bran, fake-cheerios, fake-mini-wheats. I like neither raisens nor cheerios.)
With my most important items bought, I went to fill the remaining holes in my pantry. I grabbed a BOGO bread-substitute (weirdly enough, while I love loaf bread, I hate sliced bread.) The apple juice (again, an item that always has one brand or another on sale) was cheap, but they were out of the kind I wanted (of the sale brands, anyway,) so I got a raincheck instead. That meant I had a couple of dollars left for some fruit.
The apple, btw, will not be surviving the end of this post. (Munch-munch!)
What are your pantry priorities?