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What should you keep in your pantry?  Here's a major hint-things you are really going to use!

If you hate jello (sorry to beleaguer this point), don't buy it just because mom did.  If you don't bake, don't fill the pantry with yeast, baking soda/powder and various other baking goodies-they go bad quickly and you waste your money.

If you like to make soups, spaghetti sauces and other quick meals-keep a decent stock of canned tomatoes, ready made spaghetti sauces, capers, tuna or salmon, even canned chicken and various pastas and other grains.  

A quick meal is never more than a half hour away-as Rachel Ray points out.  If you aren't sure about the grains-get just enough to try it for a meal, don't buy a pound of barley if you aren't even sure you'll like it!

Cereals in our home seem to disappear faster than lightening-so if you eat them, buy them on sale and keep a good stock.  If however, you prefer toast or yogurt and fruit-don't buy out the farm.

My mom always told me to have tomato sauce and paste in my pantry.  This from a woman who had 12 cans of each in hers dating back to 2001-and bulging.  I never use either one-so I simply walk right past them in the store.

You should have a good quantity of items for "in case"-again cereal is a fine dinner if you're sick and can't cook. So the microwave versions of chicken soup-still a great remedy to help cure what ails you.

Most important lesson from this week-go into your pantry, fridge and freezer and with a hard heart-clean it out!

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