Frugal Food Allergy Living: Well-Stocked Pantry

I came across a post recently that mentions the cost savings of having a well-stocked pantry/freezer and I thought that it would be a great “extra” post for the Frugal Food Allergy Living series.

Frugal Food Allergy Living

Living a frugal lifestyle can be a daunting task.  Throw in food allergies and you have a real challenge on your hands.  But challenges are good, right?  Personally, I get a sense of satisfaction out of saving a few dollars at the grocery store, especially allergy-friendly foods, and creating healthy, safe and delicious foods for my family.

It is easier to accomplish frugal food allergy living when most of your ducks are in a row.  On top of the list is having a well-stocked pantry.  While it is an inconvenience to not have enough eggs for the cookies you are making to take to your son’s birthday party at school, you can always borrow an egg from a neighbor.  What if your son has an egg allergy and you are completely out of egg replacer? You can’t simply borrow egg replacer.

Having a well-stocked pantry is..

  • Convenient
  • Saves money
  • Essential for food allergies

A well-stocked pantry is convenient.  There is no arguing with this point.  It’s a pain to be in the middle of cooking and realize that you are missing a key ingredient.  It can change an entire dish.

A well-stocked pantry saves money.

  1. You can stock up on the pantry essentials when they are on sale, instead of being forced to pay full price.  If you find that you have to make a quick trip up to the over-priced corner store to pick up that missing item, you are going to pay more.
  2. You save on gas and time when you don’t have to make that spur-of-the-moment trip to the grocery store for that one missing item.
  3. If you have to make a quick run to the store, you are more prone to put other items into your basket that may not be on your grocery budget.

A well-stocked pantry is essential for food allergies.

  1. There are not always easy substitutions for missing allergy foods.  Substituting for the “real” thing is simply not an option; in fact, it is dangerous.
  2. You cannot easily borrow an ingredient from a neighbor.
  3. The small corner grocery store is less likely to carry a good selection of allergy-friendly foods causing you to make a trip to the larger grocery store.
  4. Specialty allergy foods are not always the cheapest products on the grocery shelves.  It is good to save a little money by stocking up when they go on sale, not in a last minute state of desperation.

Here is my list for a well-stocked food allergy pantry that I posted a while back.

What can you add to this list? What are your reasons for having a well-stocked pantry?  What do you include in your well-stocked pantry that I don’t have on my list?

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4 Responses to Frugal Food Allergy Living: Well-Stocked Pantry

  1. Denise Brooks says:

    Thank you I enjoyed your article, but I do not recommend the canola oil because it will be carcinogenic once it is heated up. This is quite bad for the body. I would recommend grape seed oil, which can handle high heating, and it also has detoxing abilities for the body. I have use it for my children and grandchildren with allergies, with out no consequences. It can also be used to apply to the body, just mix it with one of your favorite oil scents. I would also add celtic salt. This salt is quite good for keeping the body in a healing category. There are many different brands, but the grey salt is popular and easy to get. The prices of these products may cost a little more but the benefits out weigh the costs. A person will not use as much of these products as the rest. Also tell your readers to look in stores like TJMaxx, Trader Joes. These items are a lot cheaper there. I loved that you included cayenne pepper. I, myself cannot use this, due to my sensitivities of it, but it is excellent for people who can. The liquid one is also good to keep on hand for the body. Agave nectar as a natural sweetener substitute and liquid amino by Braggs in place of soy sauce.

    • Cook says:


      Thank you for your input. I do use grapeseed oil sometimes, but don’t always have it on hand. I need to make a point of having it stocked in my pantry. I try also to use coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil more often than canola oil. Admittedly, the canola oil is a convenience item, but at what cost, right? I quit using it a few years back for this reason, but when my husband tested positive for a number of allergies and we have a strict budget, I went back to it (but not as our staple oil of choice). I will have to reconsider again! Thank you for bringing it back to my attention. I don’t use celtic salt, but always kosher salt. I will research the difference. And very good point about the stores. TJ Maxx always seems to have interesting food items (I recently saw Truffle Oil) and of course, Trader Joe’s is a gem. We use quite a bit of both cayenne powder and the liquid. I haven’t used Bragg’s aminos as a replacement for soy sauce, but I can’t remember exactly why. There may have been an ingredient in it that my husband couldn’t have.

      Again, thank you for your input!

  2. Denise says:

    Just to hit you back one more time Michelle. Rethink the white sugar. This product is manufactured to take out all the nutrients that we need for our body, this will cause allergic flare-ups. Try to use the natural sugar that have not been over processed. I have used these sugars for recipes, such as baking and may have to work with modifying my recipes a little, but it has helped with my family. Again Trader Joe or now even Kroger chains carry these sugars. And also I find myself using less of the natural products.

    • Cook says:

      Nope, no problem. I think I need to revise my pantry list since I’ve made quite a few changes in our home over the last few months. I rarely even use white sugar anymore either. My preference is raw sugar and I have found that I use less of it in recipes.

      Thanks for keeping me on my toes 🙂

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