Thank you Coleen for your question about stocking my pantry for Fall and Winter.
My pantry has gotten a little bare lately as I've been trying to spend less at the grocery store and have been using what I already have on hand. The only problem with that is not having a stash for emergencies, etc.
I plan to make a special trip to the stores that always have the best prices on certain products I use,as well as stocking up on what is on sale for the next few weeks at my regular grocery store, Food Lion. This includes meats for the freezer.
We are still in hurricane season here and we need to keep a food supply on hand for that type of emergency. Then when cold weather comes, its a good idea to have all kinds of foods on hand so frequent trips to the grocery store aren't necessary. I know those of you that live in really cold weather areas will laugh at this, but where I live if there is even a hint of the "s" word (snow) in the weather forecast, the grocery stores are the last place you want to be. I'd like to have everything we would need so we can just stay home and enjoy ourselves by the fire! In years past I was one of those people at the grocery store looking forlornly at the empty bread and milk shelves!!! I don't want to be a part of that frenzy ever again.
Some things I would like to stock up on are: Dry milk powder, all kinds of canned beans and vegetables, canned soups, sugar, flour, tea bags, coffee, cooking oil, bottled water, batteries, hot chocolate mix, etc. I'd also like to have some milk and bread in the freezer. When I am shopping I am going to think about what we would like to have on hand if we were snowed in or didn't have electricity for several days because of a hurricane or natural disaster.
It would be a good idea for me to look at some of the websites that are available with information on being prepared for a disaster or other emergency situation.
I would like to do a more detailed post on this subject at a later date.