There was a time when going to the grocery store on a daily basis was common. You would only buy the necessities for that day or two. Now visits to the grocery store are more spread out and with the trend to bulk buy it's important to know just how long cereal or bread really should last. Remember, don't stock pile unless you know your going to use the goods in the next 6 - 12 weeks. More money is wasted today than ever before because of incorrect storage or over buying. Don't get sucked into buying that 25 pounds of flour because it's so cheap unless your a baker and skip the 3 large bottles of mustard unless your having a family reunion. Be smart with your purchases and you will end up saving money in the long run.
Here are some tips on food storage.
Bread - 14 days - Refrigerator, 2-3 months - Freezer
Flour - 1 Year - Pantry
Pasta - 2 Years
Pies - 3 days - Refrigerator, 4 months - Freezer
Waffles - 4 days - Refrigerator, 1 month - Freezer
Crackers - 3 months - Pantry
Soup Mixes - 1 year - Pantry (I just found one in my pantry from 2005!)
Coffee - 2 weeks - Pantry, 2 months - Refrigerator
Honey - 1 Year - Pantry
Mayonnaise - 2 Months - Pantry, 2 Months - Refrigerator (opened)
Nuts - 4 months - Pantry
Peanut Butter - 6 months (unopened), 3 Months (opened) - Pantry
Brown Sugar - 4 Months
Tea Bags - 18 Month - Pantry
Look for the upcoming article when we dive into Vegetables and Fruits!