Every few months we make a trip to Aldi to stock our pantry. When I say "stock" I mean "STOCK." Those who know my husband will understand. He has emergency preparedness anxiety. We can't be too prepared. He would love to have enough food stocked to last us a year. We had two overflowing carts at Aldi today, and his exact words were "We didn't really get that much."
Here's some pictures of what we brought home. There was actually more than this. Excuse the few other things in these pictures, but we got home right at lunch time, so I cooked us a quick meal before I put things away.
Here's the pantry before. Not bad.
Here's the pantry after. .
Here's the overflow that will be stored in our basement until we're ready to use it. And we do use it.
You're probably thinking 1) we're crazy or 2) we're awesome. After the first couple of trips to Aldi I thought we were crazy. But after doing this a few times, I've grown to appreciate the fact that I can make fewer trips to the store. I HATE grocery shopping. And if I can make fewer trips or even shorter trips, I'm game. We have the space, so why not? By the way, people, Aldi is cheap. Way cheap. And great for pantry items. You can't get everything there, but it is worth a special trip if you've got the room to stock up. Just remember to bring a quarter for you cart.
Think I'm exaggerating my husband's preparedness anxiety? Check out the first-aid corner of our bathroom cabinet.