Pantry Ponderings – Keeping a quick list

By on February 16, 2012

I was hoping to write an indepth post today but I ended up being away from home this morning and then (finally) tackling two decluttering projects all afternoon.

Victoria helped me as I worked on the two center drawers on the hutch, hubby thought she did a very good job of telling me where to put everything. I would have snapped a picture of her sitting in the bottom drawer but she was between me and the camera. 🙂

There were many great comments to yesterday’s post and I have a feeling we will continue to learn from more comments. I only have time to respond to one this evening and that is perhaps the most important… should people spend money stocking up.

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I’d never tell anyone what to do if they felt God told them differently but I can assure you any money spent on deepening your pantry and stocking up will reap great rewards as long as you do it properly (as in making certain things are stored correctly, purchase only what the family will eat and use, etc.).

I’ve mentioned before that I felt strongly we should deepen the pantry a lot more than usual before Y2k. I didn’t know if anything would go wrong but I definitely believed we were to “stock up” so we deepened our pantry further and even purchased all the books we needed the following year for homeschooling.

A very good friend of mine felt God only wanted her to stock up as usual (she always keeps a good pantry) but she and her husband felt they were to buy a generator. As it turned out, we went through a year of unemployment and had the food and other necessities we needed and her family moved within a year to a place where they regularly needed a generator!

For a very small amount of money (compared to what is spent on cars, furniture, houses, vacations, etc.) one can deepen their pantry and have extras of essentials that will give back huge rewards if needed. I’ll talk more about that later…

One thing everyone can do right now that is so easy and costs nothing… keep a tablet or paper on which you can write an item whenever it crosses your mind that is something you need to have in your pantry. This was something I felt very strongly that God wanted me to do even if I don’t have money to buy much “extra” right now.

I have long had a basic list of essential grocery items that I needed (or wanted) in my pantry but when I started keeping this list… when I ran out of something or it crossed my mind… I came to realize there were many items not on my essential grocery list that I wouldn’t want to be without.

As an example, just this week we have begun to have a problem with ants in the house (normally a late spring challenge each year) and I don’t have ant poison in the house! So, ant poison went on that list I keep on the frig… where I write down the items that I need to 1) purchase and 2) put on the main list.

It doesn’t cost anything but a few seconds of time but it may be a lifesaver someday. Of course, it is very important to have a well thought out list of essential grocery items which serves as a base to your pantry.

 Originally posted on Coffee Tea Books and Me.

About Brenda Nuland

Brenda is a Midwestern wife, mother, and grandmother who loves to write about living a life of faith, books, tea time, decorating, frugal living ideas, homeschooling, and everything having to do with making life more beautiful - especially in the midst of difficult circumstances. Her blog:

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Pantry Ponderings – Keeping a quick list