When is it time to restock your pantry?

United States
November 12, 2008 9:53pm CST
I had a pretty long day today with having to complete some projects and what not. I definitely didn't get to eat much today either and got to eat my first meal rather late in the day. When dinner came, there wasn't anything that I was really interested in eating, so after I took a really short nap, I was pretty hungry. I tried to eat some cereal but that just wasn't appealing. Then, I decided to attack what was left of my bread and made myself a sandwich. While trying to figure out what I wanted to eat exactly, I realized that our food stash is looking rather grim and that it just doesn't contain anything that I'd be interested in eating the next time I turn up hungry. I decided that I need to do a shopping trip here very soon to restock our pantry and buy something else appealing to eat. When do you decide it's time to restock your food supply? Do you just restock when you run out of food, or do you restock when you get tired of the same things time and time again and are looking for something different?
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• United States
13 Nov 08
Like cowgirl said above, our pantry is stocked weekly, but occasionally throughout the week I'll pick up some little things here and there if we're craving something particular. I CANNOT STAND a empty pantry. I always need something in there. And no, not just a box of microwaveable popcorn. (It's happened before) I make sure we have plenty to last the week, but usually we always have a surplus, as we go out to eat maybe once or twice. And, even though it's not the best for my health or my wallet, I usually pick up breakfast from somewhere in the morning.
• United States
13 Nov 08
I hate having an empty pantry as well. I hate whenever it starts to dwindle and I can see the supply, as in all the food slowly dwindling itself because it makes me nervous and I hate having to come up with a huge list of supplies to buy the next time I'm out.
• United States
16 Nov 08
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@baileycows (3669)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I usually go and pick up a few things every Monday on my day off so that I we dont run out but we always have a variety because I won't keep getting the same things as if i had ran out. Plus it helps to even out those high groceries.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
My fiance and I shop about once a month. Needless to say, we decide to go shopping again when there is literally nothing left in the house to eat. This is mostly because we both loath food shopping and even once a month is too much but if we don't go at least once a month, we wind up eating out all the time and spending far more than we would at the supermarket.
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@ambkeb (782)
• United States
13 Nov 08
We go grocery shopping usually once a week. Mainly for the necessities like milk, bread etc. But we tend to purchase some of the snack type stuff then as well and the fresh fruit and vegetables. We stock up once a month however. We usually go to sam's club and purchase the big items and they have a really good meat selection, that is cheaper then any of the grocery stores around here. We usually get things like our laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, paper towels and that type of stuff. Those items usually will list us about 3 months when we get them there. For the canned goods we usually go to Aldi's or food 4 less...just whichever we feel like going to that day. We also do a lot of shopping at walmart. Its good for the quick weekly trips for the small stuff.
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@AmbiePam (50259)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Well, in my fridge right now I have peanut butter and carrots. I knew four days ago I needed to go restock my supply of groceries. I usually only buy a week's worth at a time, because I want to make sure I have enough money to pay for everything. In the course of just a month, sometimes things come up I don't expect, and I could need to take some money that might have gone for groceries to use on something else. So I do need to go get groceries, but I think I'll put it off until tomorrow. I've been feeling ill lately, but I think it is mostly just stress. For now, I guess should look into the Dollar Menu at McDonalds!
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
13 Nov 08
generally we restock at regular interval.it is good at least. so that we rarely run out of stock. when there is something not so much inteesting, we buy also.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
13 Nov 08
People can have a pantry full of food but if it isn't what they want then it is really useless to have. I have had that problem of wanting something but not having it. Lucky for me I get to go to the store tomorrow..so I can finally buy the things I have been craving for. This month is the best time to clear out a pantry and then donate all the food you won't be eating to the food pantry's that help people. They had booths set up at the store I bought several canned goods and and a few boxes of macaroni and cheese and gave them but I know it wasn't near enough to help the families who are going to be needing it this year. If they are still there tomorrow I will be taking in a few canned goods that I have extra in and giving it to them. I know how it feels to be in need sometimes. It would help clear out the food that you have had for awhile and have no desire to eat.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I know we do have to restock our annoyingly small pantry. I try to restock though when either I'm out of food or even just have money to restock with. Half the time it just depends on the money that I have. Other times it is to add something different to the mix. The same things over and over again gets quite boring and bland after a while.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
13 Nov 08
We tend to shop twice a month (on the roomie's payday weekend.) Even better if my payday is around the same time! We do tend to have the same things all the time, but if nothing else, there's peanut butter - the roomie likes strawberry jam, I like chocolate - I have Betty Crocker rich and creamy frosting. I know, sick.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
I keep my pantry pretty well stocked by buying little bits every time I shop. I try to keep an inventory in my head, so I don't end up with too much of one thing and not enough of another. The only time I run into trouble is when the kids get into it and use up stuff and then don't tell me, or when my husband shops and buys things we don't usually eat. We have our staples that I like to keep extras of, incase I can't get to the store and want to make a favorite, or quick meal.
• United States
13 Nov 08
Well, these days, I just restock my pantry when I have money. The entire lack of money thing really puts a damper on food shopping.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Hey hey What's up ? Hope you have a great upcoming weekend ! I would say that i restock every 2 weeks when paid . Usually gets bare by then and then i have to go shopping ! Sometimes , i gotta force myself to eat was is left LOl. bc i really dont have the extra money to spend .
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I used to shop at Costco's and usually kept my pantry stocked. I haven't shopped there in awhile, so my stash is dwindling. I try to keep the things that I use most often stocked, and will buy them everytime I go to the store, whether I need it or not. I do not like to run out of anything, because there are always things I like to keep in stock.