I try to keep my pantry stocked by always having an unopened package of everything. If I open my last bag of rice, I will note on my grocery list to pick up more rice. I do the same with salt, flour, sugar, etc. I don't wait until I'm running low, but instead I buy more as soon as I no longer have an unopened package. That way, I never open my pantry to see that I have only a tablespoon of flour (or sugar or rice) left.
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I'm pretty sure I
stole got this idea from another blog a while back, but I have no idea where. I think this idea even has a name, "sneaking up on your pantry", but I may be dreaming that. If you are reading this and thinking, "I invented that, and I can not believe her smockity nerve!" please, let me know that the idea originated with you and I'll give you some props.