Today we’ll start with canned goods.
Sure, cans have BPA, but they are awfully handy, and I’m sure that the ziplocs I sometimes store dried/cooked beans in the freezer probably also have BPA. I’m not sure of a better alternative at this point, for most of these items.
Here are the cans I keep in bulk, in this you’ll see the item, the # I keep on hand, and my target pricing for the item
- Garbanzo Beans (4) 80 cents
- Kidney Beans (6) 80 cents
- White Beans (17) 80 cents
- Black Beans (17) 80 cents
- Refried Beans (8) less then a dollar
- Chili (18) less then a dollar
- Pork and Beans (4) depends on the can size and the quality (some are awfully cheap, but I prefer the better varities, and those I try to go to about 1.50
- Stewed Tomatoes (5) 75 cents (for 14 oz cans)
- Diced Tomaotes –regular (10) 75 cents
- Diced tomatoes — flavored (like rotel) (10) 75 cents
- Crushed Tomatoes (I usually buy the 28 oz cans) (6) 1.50
- Tomato sauce (20 — tiny cans) — 25 cents
- Tomato Paste (10) — I am actually not sure, I’m guessing 75 cents?
- Good soup (progresso, or the nicer campbells)) (17) — less then a dollar
- Condensed Soup (my kids still love this stuff) (11) — less then a dollar
- Sliced/Chunk Pineapple (7) — less then a dollar (I try to keep some of both the larger and the smaller cans on hand, so the price obviously varies, but less then a dollar for the larger cans)
- Crushed pineapple (10) – less then a dollar
- Pumpkin (2) — I have no idea, I just stock up at Thanksgiving
- Can berry Sauce (2) — again, just a thanksgiving thing, but I do keep it on hand
- Pie Filling (4) — depends on the type
- Mandarin Oranges (7) — no clue, I don’t actually buy very often
- Pears (7) less then a dollar
- Peaches (7) Less then a dollar
- Corn (6) 75 cents
- Creamed Corn (3) 75 cents
- Beets (3) ??
- Canned Salmon (4) — I so very rarely find this on sale I tend to just buy it when my supply is low.
- Canned Chicken (10) — I think the costco price is close to 2 dollars, and I have actually never bought it anywhere else.
- Canned Tuna (20) — 1 dollar/can
- Sliced Oilves (10) — 75 cents/can
- Whole Olives (3) — less than a dollar
- Green Chilies (12) less then 75 cents/can
- Red Enchilada Sauce (4) depends on the size… about 2 bucks for the larger can, 1 for the smaller
- Green Enchilada Sauce (2) same as above
- Chipotle Pppers (6) — not sure, don’t buy frequently
- Evaporated milk (5) I haven’t bought this for a while either, I’m guessing about 75 cents/can for the smaller cans, which tends to be what I use.
- Sweetened Condensed (2) less then 2/can — I think
- Spam (3) — not sure,
- Broth (9) I have started buying the boxed stock at Costco, but for cans I try to hit 50cents/can
- Tomato Soup (20) — 50 cents/can
- Cream of Mushroom (2) — 75 cents
- Cream of Chicken (5) — 75 cents
- Cream of Celery (5) — 75 cents
Yipes! When you type it all out like that, it’s quite a lot! Canned items, are probably the bulk of my food storage, and probably the easiest to stock up on.
Note: Target prices are prices I am hoping to get. I notice when I’m low and I just shoot for a price CLOSE to that price. Do I always get it? No, sometimes it’s a bit lower, sometimes a bit higher. It’s just a good idea, to have a target price that’s good for items that you buy frequently.
Note on Quanities: They are constantly being adjusted by how much we use an item, as well as how much space we have to store the item. I used to want 20 cans of evaporated milk, but I just don’t use it much any more and I’d rathe have the space for beans. I went through a phase where I thought I should have canned vegetables, but we NEVER used them, so it was a waste. Anyway, you need to adjust as needed.
Is this helpful? Would you want it for other grocery isles?
I will say my target price here is lower on many items then it was in CA. I will say that some of the items it’s just the same, so who knows.
If you’d like to learn more about my grocery plan, you can read more here.