Cereal/Oatmeal – A good goal is to try to pay around $1 for everyday cereal. Dietary concerns excluded of course. Cereal can sometimes be purchased for as low as $.50 when combining a sale with coupon and cash back offer. There are usually pretty good shelf dates on cereal.
Canned Fruit and Veggies – $0.25 is a good target price for stocking up on canned veggies, $1 for canned fruit (and I really load the shelves if I can find canned fruit for under $1). Yes, fresh is better in the eyes of many, but canned options are better than going without a balanced meal.
Boxed Pasta – The target price for me is around $0.25 and I have often gotten it for free! Boxed pasta lasts like what seems like forever so it is easily one of my favorite things to stock up on! There are so many things you can do with it. This awesome pasta cooking tool lets you make pasta quickly and easily in the microwave…add canned sauce and meat and/or veggies for a quick and economical meal! Pasta dishes usually freeze really well too!
Canned/Jarred Sauces – My target price varies by type, but tomato based are usually the least expensive. Pasta sauce price ideally is under $1 for a jar. Definitely stock up at $0.75 or under. Tomato based sauces also make a good “veggie” serving.
Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, etc) – $0.50/can is a good price, but stock up in a big way if you can find it for less. Shelf life is long. Add canned tuna or chicken to salads or sandwiches for an economical way to add additional protein to your diet.
Canned Soup – For things like Campbell’s Ready to Serve varieties, you can often get them for $0.75 each after sales and coupons. I majorly stocked up last spring when I found them for $0.25 each.
Boxed Potatoes and Rice – Rice can be purchased inexpensively almost any time. Boxed potatoes are a buy at $1. Grab a few extra at $0.75 and definitely stock up at $0.50 or less. I’m still holding on to a bunch from a rollable OYNSO where I got them for free last year.
Peanut Butter – My target price used to be $0.50-$0.75, but we haven’t seen it that low in a long time. $1.50 is a good price these days. It usually has a good 1 1/2 years date on it and it’s a great source of protein.
Crackers – Again, another one that I don’t pay more than $1 for. There are so many varieties available so it’s not too easy to get sick of them.
Dressing (mayo, mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce, etc) – Target prices will vary by item. I have been able to score Kraft dressing and BBQ sauce for free. There is a pretty long shelf life on many of these products so you can easily stock up if you find a great deal.
Is there anything you would add on to this list?