The famous motto of the Boy Scouts is "always be prepared." In days of economic uncertainty, it is good to take stock of your financial situation as well as inventory of your personal property and belongings. Thinking carefully about the things you need versus things you want and setting goals for stocking up on essential food items is a good way to always be prepared.
Look through your pantry to determine what supplies you already have and what you may need, such as canned vegetables, sugar, flour and other non-perishable items. Think through what you need, then determine how much available space you have in your pantry for stocking up on those items. Get rid of things you don't need to create extra space. Make a list of what you need and how much of it you can store.
Check in your newspaper and online for coupons and sales. Mark your calendar or set your electronic device to notify you when sales will be occurring at your local grocery store. Purchase the sale item according to your list. Mark items off your list as you purchase them to keep up-to-date on what supplies you have stocked.
Organize the items so that you can reach each separate type once you have your pantry stocked according to your list. Use the front row for items that you use on a regular basis, and use all the subsequent rows as your stock. Replace items as needed on a rotating basis when sales and bargains occur.