Grocery shopping — some hate it and some love it, but we can all agree it has to be done. Here at The Southern Source, we’re all about making life easier and more manageable. Now, I’m no home organizing guru but I do know that getting organized is a crucially important step in simplifying your grocery shopping, food prep and meal making routine.
So, today I’m excited to show you how I turned by pantry from a wire rack wreck into a pretty and organized pantry.
I’m pleased to say that 5 months later this system is still in tact. Sure, some of the bins overflow at times and I’ve added a few new small kitchen appliances into the mix, but I’m still loving the way these DIY floating shelves look and function in my pantry.
DIY Floating Shelves to Cover Wire Racks in Pantry
When we moved into our new build this past Summer, I was so happy to have a walk-in pantry! But the wire racks were killing my vibe so I took to Pinterest to look for an easy and affordable solution for how to cover wire racks. The solution only took 1-2 trips to Home Depot and I achieved DIY floating pantry shelves for around $100! Here’s how:
- Measure your shelves – I have these L-shaped pantry shelves, so I took measurements of both racks length and depth. You’ll also need to measure the lip of the rack. Mine was about 2 inches tall.
- Go to Home Depot and have them cut thin plywood to your large measurements. Their big cutting machine won’t be able to cut your thin strips you’ll need to cover up the lip of the rack, so you’ll need to rent a saw
- Rent a saw or phone a friend with a saw to cut the lip or facade
- Get spray paint color of your choice. I chose white matte and spray painted both sides of the plywood. Let dry completely.
- Place painted plywood over the top of your wire shelving
- Place small facade piece and cover the front of the wire shelf and use tiny nails to nail wood together. TIP: you might could use a nail gun, but I just manually did this. It was a little bit of a pain since the wood is so thin. I used TINY nails!
Now you have white floating shelves in your pantry! Next, you’ll just need to organize all your pantry and grocery items into clear bins to get that famous “The Home Edit” look.
Grocery Shopping Hacks for Meal Planning on a Budget
Now that you have an organization system for your pantry, it’s time to really sit down and think about what you need to fuel yourself and your family when it comes to food. I’m so guilty of impulse buying at the store and ending up with a bunch of random stuff in my pantry. Before my pantry was organized, I wasn’t able to see what items I had, so I would buy it AGAIN at the store! Such a waste.
Here are the most popular suggestions from my friends on Instagram for how you can save time and money grocery shopping for your family.
My Readers Digest: Grocery Shopping Hacks
- Shop for fresh produce at ALDI! Amazing quality and price is unbeatable. The extra trip is worth it. Many don’t suggest doing all your shopping here. Only fresh produce.
- Plan your meals before you go to the store
- Make lunch and dinners that are good as leftovers. so you’ll actually eat them the next day
- Here are a few of my own recipes I like as leftovers (Asian Turkey Meatballs, Skinny Tuscan Chicken, Cobb Salad, Kale and Quinoa Salad)
- Follow food saving accounts on Instagram for ideas
- Visit The Fresh Market on Tuesdays and stock up on meat! They have a great selection and is very high quality.
- Stop buying pre-made or frozen meals. It’s a money drain. You can make it yourself for cheaper!
- Pasta is cheap and saves well for leftovers
- Make food you love. Makes eating out less enticing.
- Target or Walmart grocery pick-up is cheaper than Publix
- Buy meat in bulk (Costco) and vacuum seal it. Take it out of the freezer and store in fridge to thaw out the night before.
- Plan out a 2-3 week meal rotation so you use up ingredients only needed for specific recipes
- Save money by getting frozen vegetables. Also helps with them not going bad on you if you don’t end up using!
- Stop buying snacks! Try and stick to meats and produce only. They are healthier for you and snacks rack up your grocery bill!
I hope these grocery shopping tips help you this coming week when you head to the store or plan your grocery pick-up!