Stock up on pay day


Hello Dear Reader,

If you’ve been paid today and can afford a bit spare, then here are some ideas to stock up to keep you going if you have an unexpected bill or expense.

Tinned : veg, meat, fish and fruit. These can be the staples of meals or can be added to fresh produce. Suggestions would be tuna, pilchards, sardines, mackerel, corned beef, stewing steak, chicken curry, minced beef. Tinned fish can go into fishcakes, in sandwiches, in a tuna pasta bake and with a white sauce into a fish pie. Tinned meat can go into a pie, eaten with veg or into a corned beef hash. Tinned veg can be added to a cottage pie or bulk out bolognaise sauce.

Pulses, either tinned or dried. We love using pulses instead of meat and they are a great source of protein. We use lentil in soups, kidney beans in burgers and stews and they’ll keep for years. They are cheap and they don’t take up much room

Oats- we buy bags of value oats and use them for porridge, date slices and flapjack

Rice, I just use long grained brown rice but add pudding rice and arborio rice for risotto.

Dried fruit, apricots, raisins, mixed fruit and dates. Look out for large bags of these in Poundland. Great in lunch boxes and baking.

Staples: gravy granules, ketchup, stock cubes, jelly granules (when you’re skint and the children want something sweet, then try mandarine pieces in jelly) tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, mustard powder, spices and dried herbs. When you’re broke, a simple tomato sauce with pasta will keep you going and can be made in bulk for lunches.

UHT milk, try and buy this in bulk and check the longest dates. We use it all the time, it’s a bit more expensive but to always have milk spare in really helpful.

Sweet treats: jam, lemon curd and marmalade. We only buy the value brands but they be added to jam tarts, sponge cakes and the marmalade can be used to make a sweet and sour sauce. 

Now, I’ll leave the rest of the list to you. What’s cheap, affordable and storeable and will keep you going in the skint weeks which every body has from time to time.

I always look forward to hearing from you.

Love Froogs xxxxx


28 thoughts on “Stock up on pay day

  1. I buy small jars of flavoursome treats such as tapenade and capers and add them sparingly to everyday dishes to give them a touch of luxury.


  2. This is a comment on a previous post.
    We had the Tuna Tray Bake today.
    We are camping and it’s an ideal, quick dish. It was delicious thank you, though half way through opening the tin I realised it was salmon not tuna!
    It meant I used up an old tin of salmon so that was a bonus. Sue

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    • Tuna is a no no in my household. So I substitute pink salmon instead. IT is quite reasonably priced in Aldi, Australia.


  3. Agree! I’d add canned salmon (cakes, creamed over potatoes, quiche), canned crab (a bit of a luxury but when on sale it’s a nice addition to a thrifty pantry), pasta, rice, flour tortillas (wraps, burittos, tacos, personal pizza, quesedillas), corn meal (polenta, muffins/bread, savory waffles), canned milk for cocoa and anywhere else as a cheap substitute for cream.


  4. We have very little in our dried food stores due to intolerances but we do stock oats, coconut flour, chickpea flour, tinned fish, passata, dried herbs, stock cubes, coconut oil, cocoa, honey and maple syrup (I use this to make dairy free chocolates). We also always have a load of different frozen veg. These stocks along with free eggs that my mum gives us could keep us going for a week if necessary.

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  5. I would add: Tinned soups, packets of crisp breads, peanut butter, cheese when it’s on sale, teabags (I would hate to run out), packaged mashed/scalloped potatoes, and then jarred pickles, sauerkraut, beets and other pickled veg along with packages of biscuits, hard candy and some chocolate – a treat now and again can really help when things are tight.


  6. Excellent ideas, I always try to hide chocolate bars to add to homemade baking so everyone feels like it’s special, simple puddings like jelly and tinned fruit, tinned pears with chocolate sponge and custard ( lidles large tinned fruit are a god send) bananas in cold custard this can be made and left in the fridge, buying tinned rice pudding seems extravagant but it’s cheeper than 2 pints of milk, sugar and pudding rice – lidles seem to be best for flavour and pennies, Frozen veg can be put into a quiche, omelette. I keep pepperoni into the freezer for pizzas, pasta sauce, when I can afford to I buy strong cheddar cheese grate it and then freeze it for sauces pizzas, pasta it defrostes in minutes.


  7. Here is my stockpile, I’ve been doing just what you suggested since January, I also have a pantry of basics and long life at our beach house.

    pie filling 2
    Instant mash
    Beth’s muesli bars 12
    Large peach pie filling
    Apple pie filling 12
    Chicken Fried rice 8
    Rice bubbles 2
    Yellow soap 1
    Cup a soup
    LL milk 6
    Sugar 2
    Mash plus onion

    I made this list a couple of months ago and am updating in the holidays which started today. I plan to collect recipes that will use only stockpile stuff in case I ever get a couple of bad weeks where I can’t shop for what ever reason. I’m also planning to make it 3-6 months worth of food to ease me into retirement. In the meantime I rotate using the FIFO principle. This stuff is in addition to my regular pantry, and I’ve been growing it a few items a shop.


  8. There’s nothing that I’d add to that – I have an entire double cupboard full to the brim with pulses, beans and grains only – though we stock up less now that we keep a 6 month emergency fund in the bank (and I’m really grateful for the privilege that has allowed us to do that and realise that’s not everyone’s reality)

    Can I be cheeky and ask for a recommendation of where to stay in Cornwall? We’re thinking about getting an AirBnB over bank holiday weekend (the rooms are VERY cheap!)


  9. I’m a great believer in keeping a good stock pile of cleaning gear – laundry powder and conditioner, shampoo and conditioner, washing up liquid, bath gel, toilet cleaner, loo rolls. Bought in bulk these can be great savers and being clean is good. I’m not a great maker of my own so it comes in large sizes ready made. My staples are things like baked beans, flour and dried fruit for baking, pasta and tinned tomato. Being an allotment holder at present fruit and veg come fresh and gluts are frozen. I’m not a tinned produce person. Being retired and single and almost vegan there’s a completely different view on what is stockpiled.


  10. I stock up on canned tomatoes, butter beans, tuna and mackerel when its on offer. We eat a lot of lentils, rice, quinoa and buckwheat which I buy every couple of months in bulk at a fraction of the price they are sold in the supermarket. Our closest Aldi has now re opened and although it takes at least half an hour of battling our way through heavy traffic to get there, its worth it to stock up on their cleaning stuff and non perishable foods. My boys love Aldi’s curry sauces which can turn a few left over vegetables into a cheap and tasty veggie curry in a matter of minutes.


  11. I stockpile tinned veg and tomatoes, some fruits in juice rather than syrup, soups, a few sauces, peanut butter, beans and pulses, packs of rice, evaporated and dried milk, nuts and some dried fruits when on sale, and whole grain pasta. My home supplies include loo rolls, paper towels and napkins along with washing soup, dish washing detergent, shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. I also use vinegar.


  12. I like to have a stockpile. Almost everyone in the house prefers fresh so our tinned supplies are limited. The freezers are full and now my mother, I am her carer, has decided she wants fresh meats! I am forever finding very old stuff and ditching from the hoards. My only thought is to store what will be eaten and rotate through it. Tossing out of date stuff is so very wasteful and expensive.


  13. May I put in a plug for canning supplies? If you have a garden or if you find produce or meat on sale – canning allows for easy storage. Almost anything can be canned, many things can be fermented and if you grow it yourself it’s even cheaper. We have a large garden these days, but we have lived well off of containers of tomatoes etc.. It is also kind of nice to know what is in the food. Great post! Made me think about my storage, always a good thing, we live in harsh winter country and sometimes it is hard to get out of the house. Being able to wait til the roads are clear and not being worried is a wonderful thing.


  14. Great ideas from all. I want to emphasize that food stores can be critical when there is a long term power outage or some kind of natural disaster too. For those situations it is best to think of what you could eat without the ability to cook or extra water to add in. I live in earthquake risky California and am mostly stocking up with that kind of situation in mind but we recently had a long unplanned power outage so it was helpful then too.


  15. I like to have a stock pile of pre-cooked foods in the freezer in case I become unwell and can’t cook for myself. I like to have plenty of soups, and hearty bean and lentil stews – nourishing and really cheers you up when you have a cold and don’t want to cook!



  16. I think peanut butter, bags of dried peas or lentils to make soup in the crockpot, canned tuna and salmon, eggs and frozen vegetables are key to have on hand.I also stock up on baking supplies around Thanksgiving as they are on really good sale in my part of the US at that time.


  17. Good one on the PB, have to keep an eye on the use by date. Here in Oz long life milk is 90c a litre, fresh is $2/ 2 lt, so we also use ll a lot. I use dried milk for cooking and in the stockpile .


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