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5 Cheap Foods to Stock Up on Now for Your Fridge and Freezer

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I share 5 cheap foods to stock now for your fridge and freezer in today’s video. I show you real foods with minimal ingredients that will help to provide nutrition to you and your family during these challenging times.

In an earlier video, I showed you 10 cheap foods to stock in your working and extended pantry, also known as your Prepper Pantry. With these two videos, you’ll learn about all the non-perishable and perishable cheap foods to fill out your Four Corners Pantry.

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Why Pick Walmart for Cheap Foods?

I ventured away from home and my neighborhood H-E-B grocery store, and I shopped at Walmart in Central Texas for all of the cheap foods in this video.

This video and blog post are not sponsored. Many of you had requested that I shop for real foods at a Walmart since the items and prices might be similar if you go shopping at your local Walmart. And I will be using all the foods that I purchased to make nutritious meals for my family.

Keep in mind, when I use the word cheap, I do not mean food that is of inferior quality or highly processed. The foods I share in this video are reasonably-priced real foods that help us stretch our food dollar as far as it can go!

Cheap Foods in Five Categories

If you have been with me for a while, you know that when I say five cheap foods, I am actually going to give you five categories. So there will certainly be something for everyone in my comprehensive video.

I share a wide selection of foods in the following categories of cheap foods:

  • Dairy
  • Fruits
  • Proteins
  • Tubers
  • Vegetables

I focus on the most affordable foods in each category and forgo those items that have simply increased in price too much.

Two Chickens for Ten Dollars

One of the cheap foods I share in the video are whole fresh chickens for $0.94 per pound! I bought two of them for only $10.

I cooked both chickens up with some of the cheap vegetables I purchased to create a delicious and healthy meal for my family.

In my video, I also share how to best shop for other affordable foods, including:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • And more!

Cheap Foods in the Four Corners Pantry

The Four Corners Pantry refers to the four areas in our home where we store food. These areas include the following:

  • Working Pantry
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Extended or (Prepper Pantry)

In today’s video, I focus on how to shop within a tight budget for perishable foods that you can store in your fridge and freezer.

And as you’ll see in the following sections, I have made numerous videos discussing how to stock your working pantries and extended pantries where you stock non-perishable foods.

In my previous video, I showed you how to shop for non-perishable and cheap foods that are perfect for stocking your working and extended (or Prepper) pantries.

Stocking both non-perishable and perishable foods gives you a wide variety of foods to choose from to create nutritious and delicious meals.

Beating Inflation with Cheap Foods

We are all trying to stay one step ahead of inflation, and in the following videos, I show you exactly how to do that! (And be sure to download the printable inventory list that’s part of my How to Accelerate Stocking Your Prepper Pantry!)

Kitchen Scrap Videos

You may already know that you can use your vegetable scraps to make bone broth, but did you also know that you can use your kitchen scraps to create a reoccurring harvest?

Saving and using your kitchen scraps are ways to make the most of the food you buy and maximize your grocery budget. In the following videos, I’ll show you how to get started cooking with scraps.

How to Create a Prepper Pantry

To help you learn how to create a Prepper Pantry to stock cheap food as part of your Four Corners Pantry system, be sure to check out the three videos below where I share:

And I also have several in-depth videos that show you how to store food in your Prepper Pantry.

How to Create a Traditional Foods Kitchen

I never want you to feel overwhelmed as you transition from a processed foods kitchen to a Traditional Foods Kitchen. So to help you on this journey, I prepared a printable chart that you can tack up on your fridge or kitchen cabinet.

This downloadable chart will walk you through four weeks of how to incorporate making traditional foods into your daily meals in an easy and stress-free way.

Grocery Haul Videos

Do you love a good grocery haul? Me too! I share how I shop for real foods at Sam’s Club and Costco in the videos below.

Download Your Free 36-Page Pantry List

As you progress on your journey to creating a traditional foods kitchen, you’ll probably wonder how to stock your four corners pantry. But not to worry. I’ve got you covered!

For an extensive list of the traditional foods you can make and purchase to stock your pantry, be sure to download my free 36-page Traditional Foods Pantry List. This comprehensive eBook is full of links to recipe videos, helpful articles, and more!

Kitchen Academy Videos

Are you looking for more traditional foods videos? If so, I invite you to join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy. Members of this optional paid YouTube community get access to exclusive videos, live streams, and other members-only perks. Plus, your YouTube comments include a special members-only badge.

To help you select cheap foods that work within your budget, I talk about Traditional Foods on a Limited Budget in the following members-only video.

Stay in Touch with Mary’s Nest

  1. Subscribe to My YouTube Channel for Traditional Foods Videos (Free) - When you subscribe, be sure to click on the notification bell that will let you know each time I upload a new video.
  2. Subscribe to Mary’s Traditional Foods Newsletter (Free) - Get a free 36-page eBook for signing up: How to Stock Your Essential Traditional Foods Four-Corners Pantry.
  3. Join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy (Optional Paid) - For more detailed videos and exclusive members-only perks, join my YouTube membership community.
  4. Order The Modern Pioneer Cookbook (Optional Paid) - Get a printed book of Mary's nourishing recipes from a Traditional Foods Kitchen. This bestselling cookbook is published by Penguin Random House with their DK imprint.

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  1. Kit Burke says:

    Hi Sweet Mary,
    I appreciate you and all of your videos. I have learned so much from you about furthering my traditional cooking skills. I especially like that you aren’t telling us that we need to buy $30. Pasture-raised chickens. You have your finger on the pulse of average Americans and you strive to help us make the most of our budgets.
    I read Weston Price’s book and Sally Fallon’s cookbook approximately 8-10 years ago -so I’m a believer.
    You have made nutrient-dense eating much more reachable for the average cash -strapped family in today’s inflationary times.
    I have a great Super Walmart about a half mile from my home. I purchase organic veggies there routinely. Please don’t take negative comments to heart.
    You provide a wonderful service to your viewers and you show us how to develop these skills with, LOVE, GRACE and HEART!!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    BTW, I haven’t read any of the negative comments-I know enough about you to know better than to read them.
    Keep up the great work!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Kit,

      Thanks for your kind words! Yes. I’m impressed by the variety of organic and non-organic goods at Walmart.

      Love and God bless,

  2. Madeleine Whitfield says:

    I can’t imagine why anyone would criticize you. Good heavens! I think you do a fantastic job as one of the top experts in the food field. I look forward to many more years of watching you,

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Madeleine,

      Thanks for your kind words!

      Love and God bless,

  3. Denise says:

    I am allergic to dairy and I drink oatmilk. It’s so expensive. I’ve tried making my own w/not great results. Do you have a video on this. I ordered a bucket of organic rolled oats that I use for oatmeal too. Thankyou for all you do. I watch your videos and read your blog posts. I love all the links you include and how organized they are. Please and Thank you, Denise

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for your comments, kind words, and recipe idea. For oats, I regularly soak my steel cut oats to make soaked oatmeal for breakfast.

      Love and God bless,

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