Everyday products that should be on your grocery list

This post is sponsored by Coles

Typically when grocery shopping each week I have a list of essential items I always purchase.  These essentials are usually something that we use everyday or many times throughout the week.  Apart from the typical fresh fruit,vegetables and meat, my essential everyday products are good to have on hand to make up easy weeknight meals using pasta or frozen vegetables and products we use everyday like toothpaste and toilet paper.

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I have always purchased low priced products, but as I’m now buying more food for these growing kiddies of mine my grocery bill is increasing. The twins (12) are eating adult size meals, it’s now really important to shop frugally to ensure I don’t overspend on my weekly grocery shop, see tips on meal planning here.

Quite a few of the items on my list are great staple products which are good to have in the pantry, fridge or freezer as they make a good base for many snacks or meals.

BREAD – used most days in our household for lunches.  I purchase 3 loaves, keep a fresh loaf in the pantry and freeze the other two loaves.  Freeze the day of purchase and they will defrost and be just as fresh.  Sometimes I may forget to take a loaf of bread out of the freezer the night before, so I make sandwiches with the bread still frozen, it defrosts by morning tea time.  I also like to have bread on hand for easy dinner nights such as easy dinners on toast (see recipe further down).  Find some healthy school lunch ideas here.

How to make a sandwich not go soggy

EGGS – these are used frequently in my house for all the baking I love to do.  Plus they are particularly handy when wanting to whip up an easy meal, like scrambled eggs, an omelette or quiche. Find Spinach, Bacon and Feta Quiche recipe here.

spinach,-fetta-and-bacon-quiche

STOCK – I usually have stock in my pantry for the many casseroles and mince dishes I cook over winter.  I also keep frozen peas or corn in the freezer as they suit most of these meals.  Savoury mince is a really quick weeknight dinner which can be served on toast or with mashed potato and a few extra vegetables.  Brown the mince, add flavourings (stock, gravy powder and sauce) along with some peas, corn and any other vegetables you have in the fridge.  See Savoury Mince recipe here.

easy-savoury-mince

DICED TOMATOES – similar to the stock above I find I use canned tomatoes as the base to many dishes and there is no harm in having too many cans of tomato in the pantry.  Pastitsio is a delicious greek beef pie, with pasta and a cheesy top.  A great winter warmer recipe, using many pantry ingredients.  Find Pastitsio recipe here.

diced tomato recipe Pastitsio

image credit, taste.com.au

FROZEN FRUIT – My kids love fruit drinks, like this raspberry yoghurt smoothie, which I often make after school on hot days.  As it’s comes into winter I use them often in warm desserts, like this quick Apple, Berry and Macadamia Crumble, it took me all of 10 minutes to prepare + 15 minutes to bake in the oven.

easy-apple-berry-crumble

CRISPBREAD – these are great lunchbox fillers for the days that I do not have any bread. I will pack the kids with a tin of tuna and they spoon it onto the crispbread, or my youngest enjoys it with Vegemite.  It’s also great to have in the pantry for after school snacks.  See a great range of 35 healthy after school snack ideas here.

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PASTA – My kids love pasta and rice, one or the other features often on our weekly meal plan.  I keep many varieties of pasta in my pantry. Many families have busy weeknights and it’s great to have a go-to meal that is really quick yet filling.  This quick pasta and meatballs is one of those meals, I used 2 packets of meatballs, (which can sit for quite a few days in the fridge), instead of the sausages.

easy-meatballs

easy-meatball-recipe

FLOUR – I love to bake cakes, muffins biscuits etc, so I always ensure that I have my self-raising and plain flour completely stocked for the moment that I spontaneously want to cook.  Click here for Banana, Raspberry and Macadamia Bread recipe, (I used frozen rather than fresh).

banana-raspberry-loaf

Most of the items on my everyday essentials list are available in the Coles Every Day range.  Which is fantastic as the name suggests it’s this price every day, every week all year round. Coles are making staple products affordable for families and making it easier to budget knowing the price will always be the same.  However these everyday products are not just the Coles brand products, they have low prices on many brand products, like selected Tasty Cheese, Kellogs cereals, Helgas Bread and so much more.

coles everyday low prices - helgas bread

As you can see below it’s easy to identify in store which products are at the Every Day low price.

coles everyday low prices - milk

coles everyday low prices - beef stock

MY EVERYDAY ESSENTIAL LIST

This is my ‘everyday essentials’ (less fresh fruit, vegetables and meats) that I purchase every week.  I was surprised to learn that once I listed them all only a few are not on the Coles everyday product list (eggs and weetbix).  The links will take you to the everyday products on the Coles website.

What is on your essentials list?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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15 comments

Lilian May 13, 2015 - 8:31 AM

I’ve wanted a list like this for awhile, I buy similar stuff and have been meaning to write it down but don’t get time, thanks Kat this will be a great help.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 13, 2015 - 8:59 AM

It is handy having a list of items that you purchase every week, I find I am forgetful so it’s great to refer to.

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Julie T May 13, 2015 - 8:33 AM

I buy homebrand items often and don’t find any difference in the taste. Good to see that you try and stick to a budget when shopping Kat. This is a great list I have often wondered what people stock in their pantry.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM

these growing kiddies of mine are now eating more and more, it’s important to shop frugally now more than ever becasue the weekly shop could easily get out of control.

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Eleanor May 13, 2015 - 9:44 AM

I also do have a list of samples and have never run out of those samples in my cupboard, including cornflour and other basic ingredients. Like you, I like to bake and cook. It does help as I only buy meat and other fresh products on special like now all the apples and oranges are cheaper to buy and in the summer, watermelon and mangoes are the favourite ones!

Another thing I like to stock up on is evaporated skim milk as you can whip up a simple pasta sauce with it and add whatever you want in a creamy sauce pasta. I also buy coconut milk as this is really good to use for Asian themed dinners i.e. stir fry, satay chicken. Each shop, I also keep an eye out for specials on stock, spices and herbs as well as rice, noodles and pasta.

I also steer away from packaged sauces now as we are trying to cut down on salt and sugar use. There are heaps of recipes that I now use a lot in my slow cooker that helps a lot now that it is very cold here in Sydney and this weather now calls for hot dinners. I have a sausage casserole simmering away at home now.

Another thing I do is to buy the nappies when they are on special and stock up on at least two packs of night time nappies and lasts for almost a month. The costs does add up especially when you have kids still in nappies all day and all night (only one in this household now and a toddler toilet trained for the day, not quite dry at night). Stocking up on nappies when on special does help. The nappies lasts until the next time they are on special.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 13, 2015 - 12:59 PM

nappies is a great idea to stock up on, I remember like you all too good 3 of my kids in nappies, cost a fortune, if you have the space great idea to stock pile them! Ooh yes I buy coconut milk is a good base for many dishes!

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Julia K May 13, 2015 - 10:01 AM

One of the best things I have ever done is come up with my pre-printed shopping list. It basically lists EVERYTHING that I might buy and the list is grouped in sections eg
Bread & Cereals, Canned Fruit, Herbs & Spices. Under each section heading – I list all the items that I’m ever likely to buy. I have a couple of spare lines at the end of each section in case I come across a recipe with an ingredient I haven’t purchased before.
I keep a stack of the pre-printed lists in my kitchen and, as I run out of an item, I highlight it on my list. The day before I go shopping, I make my menu plan and highlight items on my list that I need to buy.
Although a lot of work to set up initially, it saves so much time come shopping day. It also saves revisiting various aisles in the supermarket as all like items are grouped together on the list.
Have been using this list for about 15 YEARS !

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 13, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Aweomse Julia, sounds very much like my grocery list, has most of these items typed up on it. Best way not to forget.

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Janelle May 13, 2015 - 6:29 PM

I also have a list of pantry, fridge and freezer basics and tend to only buy items when needed. I love using my slow cooker and tend to work out meals for the week to save money time and washing up. Having a family of 7 children sometimes 8 means I’m always on the lookout for money saving ideas.
So far with baking and meal planning and shopping online I have been able to keep the grocery bill around the $200/250 mark per week. Leaving enough funds for other projects around the house and after school activities.
I absolutely love your website and ideas, thank you so much…..

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 11:50 AM

WOW Janelle! You sound like you are so very organised..I LOVE IT.:) Well done to you for meal planning and having great money saving ideas.:)

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Robyn May 15, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Great list, very similar to mine. I no longer use ready made pasta sauce. I use tomato soup as my base and add the grated Veges. The soup has a lovely taste, is cheaper and low salt versions are available.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Sounds really yummy, Robyn!

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H, May 18, 2015 - 12:31 PM

I try to make my shopping list in order of the aisles the items are in at the supermarket. It saves a lot of time retracing my steps to collect something further down the list.

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[email protected] Urban Mum May 19, 2015 - 9:58 PM

Great list. I get all of the above plus mozzarella and fresh pizza bases ( love to make my own but doesn’t always time wise…). I’ll print your list because I always get side tracked

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Ooh thank you Monique.:) Yum we love homemade pizzas too, so much nicer and healthier too x

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