I’m A Frugal Expert: Here Are 10 Frugal Essentials Every Frugal Pantry Needs

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Ensuring that your kitchen pantry is stocked with frugal basics may be the key to saving you some extra money each month. The reason is that it’ll hopefully encourage you to prepare your meals at home more regularly.

Here’s a list of 10 pantry basics that every frugal home needs.

Beans

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Beans are a no-brainer, considering they are such a cheap and versatile form of protein. Whether you prefer them canned or dried, you really can’t go wrong with beans. They also come in such a wide variety that it’s impossible to get sick of them. Beans go well with soups and stews, and they add an extra kick of protein to any meal.

Rice

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Rice is another frugal pantry staple that can take you a long way. Besides this staple going with so many different types of meals, it also lasts long. It not only has a good shelf life but also goes a long way because you don’t use much raw rice but end up with a lot of cooked rice after it’s cooked through.

Stock

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Vegetable, chicken, and beef stock are common in soups, stews, and casseroles, and they are like little flavor dynamites. Your pantry cannot go without stock.

Pasta

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Whether you eat a lot of pasta or not, this is unquestionably one of the best staples for every frugal pantry. It’s great to keep on hand as it renders filling and cheap meals at the drop of a hat.

Pasta Sauce

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Making pasta sauce from scratch is easy, but if that’s not something that you do, then you’ve got to at least have one or two bottles on hand in the pantry. This inexpensive staple is a great addition to pasta (obviously), lasagna, rice, and whatever else you’re planning to eat that needs a juicy addition to it.

Vinegar

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Vinegar is a great ingredient when it comes to making salad dressings. When your bottle of salad dressing runs out, then no worries because you can just whip some vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper together, and voila- you have yourself a delicious salad dressing.

Canned Vegetables

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Canned vegetables are great to keep in the pantry, and this nonperishable food is a great addition to dishes like pasta, beans, and rice for when you want to throw something together at the last minute. The same goes for canned diced tomatoes.

Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard

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Condiments such as ketchup, mayo, and mustard are nifty to have in the pantry. You never know when your meal is gonna taste a bit dry and needs a simple boost from one of these guys.

Flour

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If you want to bake anything from scratch, the chances are pretty high that you are going to need to use flour in the recipe. Cakes, cookies, biscuits, and muffins, to name a few, all contain flour in their ingredients list.

Peanut Butter

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Another no-brainer pantry item that every kitchen needs is peanut butter. Who doesn’t love a spoonful of peanut butter as a quick pick-me-up? Peanut butter is also great for sandwiches or a snack, as it goes well with apple slices or rice cakes.

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