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Buy these products to save money and make your life easier


Source: The Penny Hoarder

After a working day, you are tired, hungry and least of all want to spend the rest of the evening at the stove. This is well known to every housewife. Here's what you can do to save money and cook anything (well, almost everything) in a short time.

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Saving on food means cooking smarter, not harder. It starts with a stock of basic products in the pantry, which will always come to the aid of a tired and busy hostess, writes The Penny Hoarder. What are we going to stock?

Basic Products

  • Whole grain and bread
  • Oatmeal
  • Kinoa
  • rice
  • Bread
  • Tortilla

Quinoa and rice are standard bases for tacos, curries, and fried rice. Oatmeal is just as versatile: cookies, cereal, morning smoothie bowl, and more. Bread is beyond competition, you can put anything between two slices and call it a sandwich. The same goes for tortilla, flatbread or pita bread.

Nuts and Seeds

  • Almonds
  • Pecan nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds

Staple nuts and seeds serve a dual purpose: They are a great snack in their own right and give salads, oatmeal, and baked goods a nice crunchy texture. In addition, such foods are extremely healthy, containing protein, fats and nutrients necessary for health.

Beans and legumes

  • Chick-pea
  • Lentil
  • Black beans
  • beans

Beans and legumes are cheaper than meat, but they are a great source of protein - add them to salads, soups, tacos, chillies, and curries. You can buy canned food, but dried legumes are even cheaper. They can also be stored in decorative jars - a very stylish life hack.

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Bakery products

  • Universal flour
  • White sugar

All-purpose or whole grain flour is a must for any baked goods, as well as a thickener in homemade sauces. Sugar can be used to enhance the flavor of a wide variety of foods, from sauces to quick microwave fruit chips. You shouldn't build your diet on the basis of sugar, but it is necessary in the kitchen. Plus, homemade sweets tend to have a lot less sugar than off-the-shelf sweets.



  • Spaghetti
  • Penne

It is not necessary to choose these types of pasta - this is a hint that long and short pasta are guaranteed to provide you with any pasta dish. Penne is pasta and cheese or primavera pasta with leftover vegetables, while spaghetti is made for a good tasty sauce like pesto or marinara.

Oil and Vinegar

  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • White vinegar
  • Apple vinegar

You can make awesome marinades and salad dressings with this classic combo. Apple cider vinegar is ideal for vinaigrette sauce; Add sesame oil to peanut butter and soy sauce to create your own peanut sauce. Also great solutions are balsamic and rice vinegars.


  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Spicy sauce
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter

Like oil and vinegar, seasonings and sauces give new life to soft meats and vegetables. Combine Dijon mustard with a little oil and vinegar for a salad dressing. Peanut butter toast will always be a great snack.

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Spices and seasonings

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Tmin
  • Italian herbs
  • paprika

In addition to salt and pepper, it is very convenient to keep chopped garlic on the shelf. And cumin is the backbone of Mexican cuisine.
Italian seasoning is a modest life hack that includes a ready-made set of your favorite spices. Paprika can and should be added to pizza.


  • Tomatoes
  • The sauce for the pasta
  • Coconut milk
  • Broth

Coconut milk, broth, and tomatoes are essential bases for many soups, chilis, and curries. You can cook rice and quinoa with flavored coconut milk. And if there is no time to prepare sauce for pasta, a pre-stored jar will always come in handy.

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