Stock up and save

But en­sure the prod­ucts you buy in quan­tity won’t spoil

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

STOCK­PIL­ING is a habit that’s com­mon among peo­ple who wish to save a few ex­tra dol­lars when shop­ping and peo­ple who want to be pre­pared for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. It’s a prac­ti­cal habit that has a lot of ben­e­fits how­ever, be­fore you start buy­ing prod­ucts in bulk, en­sure you have enough stor­age room in your home or of­fice.

Ad­di­tion­ally, you should only stock­pile prod­ucts that don’t spoil over a long pe­riod of time. You will be wast­ing your hard-earned money in­stead of sav­ing it if a par­tic­u­lar prod­uct you stock­pile gets spoiled be­fore you can use all of it.

The best time to stock­pile a prod­uct is when it’s on spe­cial. You can pur­chase th­ese prod­ucts at huge dis­counts most es­pe­cially if you buy in bulk.

Be­low is a list of five es­sen­tial pantry prod­ucts to stock­pile when they are on sale:

◗ Pow­dered milk

There are two ma­jor rea­sons why you should al­ways have a siz­able stock of pow­dered milk. One, it’s a prod­uct we con­sume al­most ev­ery day, which means the milk can run out rather eas­ily. And two, milk prod­ucts are a bit ex­pen­sive which means you’ll save a lot if you pur­chase in bulk.

◗ Hard cheese

This is an­other com­mon house­hold item that’s a bit pricey so it’s a great idea to stock­pile it if you have enough room. Cheese can last for a long time if stored prop­erly. You can freeze the harder cheeses for up to six months.

◗ Cof­fee and tea

Th­ese are prod­ucts we usu­ally put off re­plen­ish­ing un­til we’ve run out. If you are a cof­fee or tea lover, then you can buy in bulk when they are on spe­cial and store them in your pantry.

◗ Flour

Do you like bak­ing bread, cook­ies, and pas­tries? Then flour is some­thing you can stock­pile. Flour can also be eas­ily stored in your freezer.

◗ Dried pasta

Pack­aged pasta has lit­tle fat con­tent so they are re­sis­tant to spoilage.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ Buy­ing in bulk and keep­ing the pantry well stocked can save you money.

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