31 Days to a More Functional Home- Creating a Well-Stocked Home


I don’t know what you like to eat, or what your favorite cleaning supplies are, or how much toilet paper you go through in a month. But I do know that everyone needs those things. And no one wants to spend a ton of money on them. Let’s face it, there are much more fun things to buy- like shoes. And dinner out once in a while.

I have started making a list of the things that I absolutely should not run out of. Things that I would have to get up, get dressed and go to the store for at 1 am. Things like children’s medicine for fevers, medicines for my own fever, and…..ahem…..feminine supplies.

Then I add to that list things that I could make a simple meal from without going to the store. Winter’s coming. If I have to choose between pancakes or going to the grocery store for the sour cream I forgot for the stroganoff, well then we’re roughing it and eating pancakes.

Here’s a partial list of things I consider essential to have in the cupboards/fridge:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • butter
  • cheese
  • bread
  • peanut butter
  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking powder and soda
  • vanilla
  • salt

With those items and whatever meat, fruit and veggies I have on hand, I know I can throw together a few different things to fill hungry bellies on the spur of the moment. Once my supply of those is established, I start adding to my stockpile by using coupons. I know not everyone loves them, but I do.




These are the items I added to my stockpile today using coupons.

  • 6.4 oz Crest toothpaste $.88 after coupon
  • Flour, $1.77 per bag after coupons- I’ll be getting more of these later this week. Stockpile essential!
  • Cake mix, on sale $1.77 for 2, and I paid $.11 a box after coupons. Really nice to have when you have company coming.
  • Frosting, $.80 after coupons
  • 2 popcorn/2 soda $3.99 for all after coupon- family date movie night for a great price!
  • 5 cans tomato soup, $4.00 after coupons
  • 2 packages of ranch dip mix, used in a few of my favorite recipes or for kids lunches, $.29 after coupons

I probably should have skipped the tomato soup, since I can get a better price at the commissary, but we’re out and I’m sick. I crave hot mugs of peppery tomato soup when I’m sick.


I also picked this up for my sister in law, who is expecting a baby soon. Target price matched the Walmart online price, and then let me use a two dollar off coupon. So I got it for 2 dollars. I’m hoping by the time the baby comes that I will have found a bunch of baby things for a steal and will have a nice surprise package for her.

I let my stockpile run down when we put our house on the market, thinking it would be a quick sale. Now I have to build it back up.

What makes your list of must-haves in your cupboards? Do you coupon to stock up?




About jennifer@contentmentathome.com

♥ Christian wife, momma and keeper of the home. Blogging favorite recipes, home decorating, crafting and snippets of family life at contentmentathome.com, where we believe home should be your favorite place in the world. ♥
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2 Responses to 31 Days to a More Functional Home- Creating a Well-Stocked Home

  1. Pingback: 31 Days to a More Functional Home | Contentment at Home

  2. llmom27 says:

    I am trying to keep my pantry stocked better.

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