Looking to save money on groceries? Then stocking up on non-perishable items are the best way to go!
WHAT ARE NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS?
Non-perishable items are usually food items that can be stored for a long time without spoiling. These items are notoriously known for stock piling and saving for emergencies, but they are also essential for having in your pantry when you want to save money on groceries.
WHY NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS?
Non-perishable foods have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration to keep them from spoiling. This long shelf life allows you to minimize waste and creates ease around not having to meal plan based on an expiration date.
Some non-perishables include unhealthy and artificial ingredients, but if you choose wisely, you can stockpile on numerous healthy items as well.
Things that are high in nutrients are definitely the best way to go. These include:
1. Dried and canned beans.
Dried and canned beans can be kept at room temperature for 2-5 years. Depending on packaging, some beans can last up to 10 or more years.
2. Nut butters.
Rich in healthy fats, proteins and vitamins, nut butters can keep for a variety of months depending on the temperature.
3. Dried fruits and vegetables.
When stored properly, dried fruits and veggies can be kept safely at room temperature for up to a year. The vacuum sealed packaging is what helps to keep the contents from spoiling. Add these delicious fruits and veggies to trail mix, or enjoy as a snack and you’re good to go!
Canned fish and poultry are packed with nutrients and can be stored up to 5 years at room temperature. Seafood in vacuum-sealed packages can be stored up to 18 months. While chicken and other meats may need to be referred to the actual packaging to see it’s expected shelf life.