Grocery Shopping Staples For A New House

In about a month my husband, my 5 year old daughter and I will be moving into a new house (we’re currently living with family) and I’m looking for some suggestions as to what groceries we should start out with. We’ve lived on our own before but I wasn’t much of a homemaker or a very good cook – my MIL has taught me how to cook from scratch and shown me this website. :)
So I’m just looking for suggestions as to what to get on my first shopping trip – being frugal, of course.

Thanks so much in advance,

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Sheri J - December 10, 2011

here is a pantry list from GreenLiteBites. Of course you would make adjustments for your family.

I like these sites & for frugal and practical advice and recipes. has many useful links.

    The Hillbilly Housewife - December 11, 2011

    Once you have your basic pantry and refrigerator stocked, be sure you have just a few foods on hand to jump-start any meal. Take a look: Stock a Frugal Pantry

Carrie - December 14, 2011

I would make a menu for a month. You can make a shopping list off the menu and you have a custom made list of items to stock your pantry and fridge.

Barbara Snyder - December 29, 2011

there is a website called look under grocery and they have papers like pantry list and weekly menus and also some for different menus. I like to have one on hand so in case I am a the store I can look at it and see if I need that item. Good luck on the move. Here is a short list about milk do you eat cereal in the morning what about coffee and creamer. bread for sandwiches lunch meat or peanut butter what about juice for the little one and snacks too. Do you drink water or sodas have them handy while you are moving. You can have sandwiches and maybe chips for lunch and then get a frozen pizza or a frozen dinner you can heat in the oven for supper that night. Have paper plates and bowls and forks and spoons and cups so you don’t have to worry about dishes. Above all just try to relax and not get stressed out. Again congradutations on your new place in the new year.

Dawn - January 4, 2012

Congratulations on the new home!
To be honest, during the moving in process I’d highly recommend that you get some very basic staples to begin with. Cold cereal (possibly in the individual sized boxes) milk, sugar, bread, butter, jam, peanut butter (if you don’t have nut allergies), and some chicken and veggies. The cold cereal makes that first morning in the new house go much smoother – breakfast is fast, quick, easy, and there is always someone’s “favorite” in those multi-packs. Milk, of course for the cereal and/or beverage. Clean up is also quick and easy. (Even consider some non-food items like paper bowls, cups and plastic ware.) Bread, butter, jam and peanut butter for quick sandwich fixings. And, early in the morning, place, fill and start your crock pot, so dinner will be ready when you are. Also – have a few rolls of toilet paper handy!

Otherwise, I’d focus on the Basics first.
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Corn Oil
Canned Fruit
Canned and Frozen Veggies
Chicken Boullion (if your local grocery store has a bulk food aisle, get it there, as it is less expensive)
Beef Boullion
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder

Non Foods:
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Soap – hand soap, dish soap, etc.

Jean Thompson - February 26, 2012

I would recommend: similar list to that above…except I wouldn’t buy the packages of individual cereal- have you priced them lately…?? I would get small zip lock bags and make individual servings out of a couple different kinds of cereal or even mix 2 or 3 together in each bag… then just put those in a basket on table the night before, along with some bowls and spoons… each child can pick their own bag ? reuse the little bags…they only had dry cereal in them…
I would buy Rolled Oats….they can be used in Cookies, Cake and meat loaf and Bread.. etc… cinnamon ( I buy the containers at the $ store …they do have good Deals… also add boxes of flavored Gelatin like Jello brand, Royal Brand, STORE brand… good way to stretch out Diced fruit… boxes of Pasta – elbows, and shells and rotini…. these can be used for Casseroles or in salads… Fresh fruit and Veggies..are always good… a bag of apples….can be cut up for snacks or made in to pie or Cobblers or crisps…back to oatmeal I use it in my Apple crisp as topping Recipe from Betty Crocker Cookbook. A box of Dry milk…. can be used in Recipes, or making Chocolate milk…
Good Luck… oh also take a sharpie marker and write date you bought the items on each one… so you know that when you reach in the cupboard you know to use up the oldest dated item first… same for canned goods, cake mixes etc…

    Jean Thompson - February 26, 2012

    Make some muffins they are good for Breakfasts with some fruit or peanutbutter… or Jam

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