Some may think that stocking a pantry and keeping track of everything will take too much of their valuable time. However, if you think about it, having a well-stocked pantry not only saves you money but saves you time.
If your pantry is well stocked and you're planning what to have for dinner the next day, which makes more sense? Making dinner from what is already in your pantry or having to go to the store to buy what you want to have for dinner. When you get to the grocery, you'll usually buy what you need but end up purchasing several more things you "forgot" to add to your list costing you the time it took to go and additional money.
Some have said to plan your meals weeks ahead. I simply do not do this. First, because I may not be in the mood to have Spaghetti for dinner that night or I may have things that need to be eaten before it "goes bad" but also I am unable to take advantage of sales and plan meals around sale-priced meats. If I stock my pantry, I can plan our meal the night before and use things from the pantry. I can then check the sales flyers each week and restock the pantry with the items that are true bargains.
One last benefit to keeping a well-stocked pantry...when bad weather is coming and everyone is at the store stocking up, you can sit home in the warmth and know your family will be fine.