You may be wondering, “What exactly is a pantry tithe?”. Well, a pantry tithe is another great way to build your home pantry strategically. You could call it “pantry investing”. A pantry tithe is where you take a portion of your weekly budget and allot to purchasing a group of items just for your pantry. These items are reserved for the pantry so you can’t use them that week in your meal planning!
For example, since we have a large family, I am buying 10 additional items for a goal of under $10 each week specifically for my pantry tithe. One week it may be 10 cans of black beans, another week it may be 10 cans of pineapple or 10 cans of tomatoes or 10 cans of corn. My pantry tithe may seem like a large additional purchase, but with 10 people in the family, we could decimate those 10 cans pretty quickly. Most times, you can find a great sale to use for your pantry investing purchases so it is little money extra out of pocket. By having these items specifically for pantry storage and me not using them for my meals that week, it is allowing me to build my basic pantry stock.
You may set up your pantry tithe differently. You can put your own amount and cost on it. The neat thing about the pantry tithe is it is specifically and on purpose investing into your home pantry apart from your weekly grocery needs.
You can also strategically plan your pantry tithe so that you are investing in pantry items that will complete a certain amount of meals by the end of a certain amount of weeks. For example, you could set your pantry tithe goal to be buying extra items each week that could make a extra meal in a pinch. You may choose to get all the items for burritos or chicken enchiladas or chili for the purpose of building a supply of “emergency” meals for unexpected visitors or bad weather days.
The goal with the pantry tithe is that you are not just thinking about “this weeks meals”, but that you are thinking about strategically investing in your home pantry. Investing into your home pantry will pay off huge returns! I don’t know about you, but my family is always getting hungry and they appreciate having food in the house!