I have a relative that’s become obsessed with buying Tide when it’s on sale.  If everyone on earth ever falls into a ginormous mud puddle, I have a direct line to where we can find enough detergent to get everyone clean and still have enough Tide left over to get Nick Nolte clean.

I do the same thing with certain things but not because they’re on sale but because I always think I’m out of it.  Tin foil.  I always think I need tin foil.  It doesn’t matter if it’s on sale or not, when I see it, I buy it.  I currently have 5 boxes of tin foil.  It won’t even matter that I’ve written this entire post about how much tin foil I have.  The next time I go to the grocery store my mind will suddenly start running and jumping around compelling me to buy tin foil, because I’m not reallyyyyyyy sure that I have some.  I think I don’t.  I definitely need tin foil.

Then there’s the “Always keep in stocks”.  The things we always want, always need, always put in our carts.  Mine are going to be completely different than yours because we all have different “keep in stocks”.  For my mother it seems to be those crispy onions in a can that they used to elevate almost any dish from a casserole to a jello  mould.

My always keep in stocks are:




Diet Coke

Cream (18%)

Greek Yogurt or Milk to make Greek Yogurt.

If you come over here on any given day of the week in any given month and you want me to prepare you an Avocado lime cream casserole with a Diet Coke Yogurt sauce … I will be able to do that for you.

And I will be able to wrap up the leftovers in a tin foil packet the approximate size and weight of a hotel safe.

I look through people’s grocery carts or what they have on the conveyor belt and wonder about their food all the time. Often I’m jealous of it and wonder why in the world I didn’t buy a 14 lb watermelon or 16 cans of vanilla Ensure.

I wonder if this is the first time they bought that thing or do they always cook with that weird ingredient I’ve never seen before.  I wonder what they’re going to make with it, will their kids eat it and why I’m kind of jealous of their Chef Boyardee Raviolis.

Because I’m wildly curious about food and people’s food habits.  You know how people say no one cares about your food photos on Instagram?  I DO!  I CARE ABOUT YOUR FOOD PHOTOS!!!

So because I’m wildly curious about food I genuinely want to know what your food “Always haves” are.  What are the 5 things that you always make sure you have in stock at home?  Not including things like butter.  Everyone has butter.  Or scratch and win tickets.  Mainly because you shouldn’t really eat those, they’re very difficult to digest.

Lay it on me!  What are 5 things you always have in stock because if you didn’t you’d start to get the shakes?

Lemme know and have a good weekend!






  1. Stephk says:

    If toilet paper is insane I’m buying it. I once had a bookshelf full of toilet paper.

  2. Joanne says:

    Tortillas, Cheddar, Avocado, Lettuce, Blue Cheese. I eat quesadillas and salad 3 nights a week. Yum, plus no agonizing over what to cook!

  3. Stephk says:

    Ack on sale!! Not insane. TP is always level-headed.

  4. Laura Watt says:

    Ohhh! I love this game!
    Olive Oil
    Pink Salt
    extra extra old Cheddar

  5. Keelea says:

    Vidalia onions, celery, bell pepper (the Cajun holy trinity) good olive oil, and smoked sausage.

  6. Debbie from Illinois says:


  7. I looove seeing what other people eat/buy/hoard too… because I love food, but mostly because I’m nosy!

    half and half
    no less than 4 different types of cheese
    celery… celery is my tin foil
    cherry tomatoes
    summer sausage or salami

  8. DP says:

    Facial tissues. Every time I shop I buy more – of each Kleenex color that a I obsessively horde to match the decor for each bedroom, bathroom and our beach house.

  9. Sandra says:

    Orange juice
    Cheddar cheese
    Peppermint Tea
    Ice cream

  10. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Sharp cheddar cheese
    Good wheat bread

  11. Daphne says:

    Natural cure bacon, lemons, limes, avocados and cilantro . And I never run out of real butter ,ever, if in doubt , buy.

  12. Trisha says:

    Milk, Diet Coke, eggs, sour cream, lime juice.

  13. Melissa says:

    Old Fashioned Oats

  14. Karen says:

    hahahahah! ~ karen

  15. Karen says:

    Apples! really! I buy them occasionally. Bananas though! You’re right. That’s another one of mine that’s bought quite often. They’re such a fast and easy fill up! ~karen

  16. Karen says:

    Celery, lol??? That’s a funny one! ~ karen!

  17. Jennie Lee says:

    Progresso soup, light red kidney beans, mild salsa, eggs, fruit (apples & whatever is good yet cheap). Diet Coke used to be a must. I consumed it in vast quantities. But a recent health scare caused me to restrict my intake to six 20 oz. bottles a month. Health scares can be useful; I’ve lost 18 pounds thus far!

  18. Gina says:

    Half and half
    Greek yogurt
    Honeycrisp apples
    Ice cream

    Wow, that’s a lot of diary!

  19. Karen says:

    Ice Cream! I hardly ever buy ice cream. I do love it though. ~ karen!

  20. judy says:

    3 bags of costco coffee beans I now drink coffee all day long since Husband sleeps throughout the day and all night he starts poking me to get up anywhere from 4 am to 5:30. Let me tell you,sleep,beautiful sleep is worth more than diamonds,gold or whatever..I buy way too much 1/2 price stuff,and a lot of it gets fed to the Rottweiler and the 100 lb Lab-Pit. The Rottie now weighs 145 and I know you are thinking…don’t give him all that food,but this Dog bangs his 50 lb head on my 76 year old leg until I give him something. And I am still shopping at Costco even though its just the two of us so 5 packages of pasta instead of one,6 cans of chopped tomatoes for spaghetti instead of one..I am the archetype of..if you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result you are coo-coo.

  21. Deirdre says:

    You are my nemesis. Exactly what I would list.

  22. Gina says:

    The ultimate irony – the heaviest people in my circle drink nothing but Diet Coke.

  23. Lauren says:

    Whoa didn’t know other people obsessively hoard Kleenex box colors to match their decor….like me.

  24. Deirdre says:

    3 minute steel cut oatmeal
    Green onions
    Chicken/beef or veggie stock

  25. Marianne says:

    Interesting topic!! I eat low-carb, high protein because carbs are the root of all evil (for my body and mind), so my basic list is:
    Ground turkey or chicken
    Greek yogurt (coconut)
    Sugar-free Jello
    Low-carb tortillas
    Cheese sticks (colby, cheddar, or mozz)

  26. Edith says:

    Dark leaf lettuce
    Country bread
    Those assorted mini bell peppers
    Small buffalo cheese balls in olive oil

  27. Jennie Lee says:

    That reminds me of an old joke about salad making you fat. All the folks filling their plate with salad at the salad bar were fat, so the comedian said there was no way he’d eat that fattening salad.

  28. Laura Watt says:

    My kids eat 2-3 each a day, they are wild. I like to keep one in my bag.

  29. Laura Watt says:

    I buy butter every time it is on sale.

  30. Teri Shaw says:

    Grated Parmesan,
    Mild salsa,
    Feta cheese,
    Truvia (stevia sweetener).
    My personal tin foil is unsalted butter. If it is on sale I buy 2 at a time. I tell myself it is for baking but once I had so much in the freezer I made ghee.

  31. Melissa says:

    Oh my, just FIVE?? (hoarding tendencies aside), ok fine, 5 limit rule

    Diet Coke (don’t let me run out…or you’re gonna have to run out and get me more)

    Lemon Pepper – I always think I’m out…I’m never out, 28 in the cabinet

    Peanut butter – I have no idea why. Again, 28 in the pantry

    Deodorant – I’m running out, right?? No, 28 are in my bathroom cabinet, maybe 29

    Lucky Charms – don’t judge me…I only eat the charms, enough boxes to start my own cereal distribution

  32. Jennie Lee says:

    I used to take the tissue boxes I really liked and open them carefully and put little flat stick-on magnets on the 2 flaps, so I could take tissues out of ugly boxes and refill the nice ones. Now I have covers I love, to put over the boxes, and don’t care how ugly they are.

  33. Lynn says:

    Coffee , no fat creamer, Peanut Butter, Rye Bread, Tomato Soup would have to be my top 5 with old fort Cheadder being a must have 6th .

  34. Karen says:

    Oh, lol! Well if you still have the ghee I actually have a recipe going up on the blog next week that uses ghee! ~ karen!

  35. Ellen says:

    Nutritional yeast
    Jars of red peppers
    Sweet potatoes
    Bananas (to freeze for banana ice cream)

  36. Haydée Skeet says:

    Baked beans
    Sour Cream
    Old Cheddar

    I also always buy green onions and never eat them so they slime away in my fridge.
    Because, one day I might make tuna salad

  37. Stephanie Barnhart says:

    Parmesan cheese
    Fudge pops
    Black beans

    We’re super healthy around here, as you can tell.

  38. Anastacia says:

    I have to keep my hubby’s ” must-haves” in stock. I tend to eat a wide variety of food. He needs what I lovingly call, “slab-o-meat” every night. Yes. Every night.

  39. Laura says:

    Olive oil, dried oregano, Kraft Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, laundry detergent

  40. Kathleen says:

    I also match the tissues / boxes to the décor! I will even avoid on-sale tissues because they won’t match! 🙂

  41. Tracy Egan says:

    Avocados (unless they are 3 dollars each because that’s just ridiculous)
    Dog Food, always Dog Food.

  42. trish says:

    you guys have really yummy interesting top 5s. i dont have a top five more of a minus list, like your tinfoil Karen. its got so bad now my kitchen blackboard now has two columns: Top left what we’ve run out of and bottom right headed no more> Today the list reads ‘no more: brown sugar (which has been in this column for about 6 weeks), sultanas and soap’. And i these are things are just always buy whether or not they’re on special. Not bad, since i’m only 2 days out from my last main fortnightly shop. But who knows what else will reveal itself duplicate, triplicate, quadruplicate and beyond as i forage through the pantry!

  43. Jane S says:

    Peanut butter
    Shredded wheat with bran

  44. Suzanne says:

    Did you know that you can buy a bag of the charms with no cereal? I saw it on Amazon.

  45. Suzanne says:

    Cheese – usually cheddar
    Dried pasta
    Good bread
    Some kind of fruit – depends on what is in season or looks good

  46. Stephanie says:

    Baby spinach, in vast quantities, for green smoothies
    Grass-fed beef (ground, for burgers)
    Fruit: whatever’s in season, or apples

  47. Kim from Montana says:

    Half and half
    Real butter
    Chicken stock

    I have 6 rolls of aluminum foil on my shelf right now. I also have a tendency to hoard ziplock bags of all sizes. And garbage bags because I am so particular about the style if I find them I buy them.

  48. Auntiepatch says:

    Chicken (don’t judge me, I can only eat poultry and seafood)
    Milk (I can’t live without it)
    Chocolate Chips (ditto)
    Cat food/treats (I REALLY can’t live without it. Angry cats are scary.)
    Artichokes (I love them)

    I bake so I always buy butter.

  49. Melissa says:

    Holy moly, no, I didn’t know!! Must go look nowwww…..

  50. Susy Fry says:

    Butter every single shopping trip
    Pasture raised heavy cream
    Frozen berries
    Super sharp pasture rsised cheddar cheese
    A package of mexed veggies for emergency use
    At least one too green avocado that I forget while waiting for not tonripem. I am swearing off this right now.

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