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When I need to stock up on groceries, I almost always check out the sales ads. I love that you can do that online these days. Check out the latest ad for Tom Thumb, and you will see that they are having a huge anniversary sale from July 29 – August 11.
With a family of 7, buying groceries is less about picking up an odd item here and there and more about stocking my pantry to make sure I can avoid the store for at least a week. Imagine having to drag along 5 kids every time you needed a bag of chips or a bottle of Gatorade. Okay, get real, you can’t just grab ONE bag of chips or ONE Gatorade. With all of the people in our home, we have to snag multiples of practically everything.
See my dilemma? Not only do I try to avoid taking all of my kids out to the store, but I also need a TON of groceries!
5 Pantry Organization Tips
Having a little bit of organization in your pantry can do wonders, especially if you have a large family and have to buy things in mass quantities. Our pantry space is quite limited, so I have come up with a few ways, recently, to make things run smoother.
- Use over the door storage racks.
I use mine for spices, vitamins, water enhancers, and more. I actually bought it for myself as a Christmas gift last year. Maybe that’s lame, but it’s the reality of my situation here. This has saved me SO much space in my little pantry!
- Make snacks easy to grab for kids, at their eye level.
I put individual snacks like Quaker granola bars, fruit leathers, and individual baggies of dried veggies in a small, wire basket. When the kids want a snack, I tell them to pick something out of the blue basket. They know exactly what I’m talking about and where to find them easily. In fact, I also stick their Lays and Doritos on the same shelf, along with peanut butter and jelly. This way, I can ask them to help me get out ingredients for lunch, and it’s easy to grab to help prepare the meal.
- Store heavy things and least-used items down low.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a good tip to remember! Unless you plan on using something heavy every single day, there is no need to weigh down your shelving with heavy things like the big Gatorades or a huge container of cooking oil. Put it down low and save your upper space for lighter (and probably much smaller) items. For items you don’t use often, sticking it down low frees up the upper shelves so you can conveniently reach your more popular items.
- Put your most-used items at your eye level.
We have recently started drinking protein shakes in the morning, so we’re storing our protein powders, flavorings, sweeteners, and add-ins up high. It’s at eye-level for me, and pretty close for my husband. (Yes, I’m short!) This makes it much more convenient since we’re grabbing for these items at least once a day. The same thing goes for my oatmeal. I like to put it there, because it’s my favorite breakfast.
- Find clever ways to store awkward items.
I use an under the shelf rack for my foil, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags. It utilizes space in the pantry that I wouldn’t have been using anyway since most of my pantry items do NOT touch the shelf above it. I also have a can rack organizer for many of my canned goods. Instead of a jumbled stack of cans, I can organize my most-used items easily and can see what we do have more readily.
#AHugeSale at Tom Thumb’s Huge Anniversary Sale
A few of my favorite items on sale from 7/29-8/11 for the huge anniversary sale are Doritos, Lays, and Kettle Chips. They’re just $1.99 a bag, card price, limit 4.
I had to pick up a variety so I could satisfy each of my oldest 3 kids. My 4th kid doesn’t really care what he gets, as long as it is something the big kids get. The baby doesn’t get chips quite yet, but I know my time is short before he develops quite an appetite for table food.
In the meantime, he was my lone shopping buddy while I got my groceries. He looks like he was loving being an only child for a little bit, doesn’t he?
Another great sale item at Tom Thumb is Gatorade. 32 oz bottles are just .59 each, card price, limit 8. Have you ever seen this Lime Cucumber flavor before? I wonder if it is any good, but I had to stick to the flavors I know my kids and husband crave.
I’ll be back to load up on more before this sale is over, for sure.
They also have Fresh Atlantic Salmon for $4.77/lb. I can’t really find a place for that in my pantry, but I sure can bake it up and fill my belly. Yum! I also saw some great deals on Pepsi products and Quaker things as well. We go through oatmeal pretty fast, so it’s always in our pantry.
I stocked up on snacks, drinks, and staples at Tom Thumb, but don’t forget that stores in the Albertsons family will also be hosting this incredible sale as well. Check out your local Jewel-Osco, Safeway, Market Street, Vons, Shaws, and Randalls for great deals from July 29-August 11! You won’t want to miss it for sure.
I love heading to Tom Thumb for groceries, and this huge anniversary sale is the perfect time to stock up on family favorites at an incredible price.
What will you stock your pantry with from the sale?