There are many small towns and villages in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I live in one, Lake Nebagamon Wisconsin, and I love the small town atmosphere. Over the years, I have been caught short of food items on more than one occasion due to storms, unexpected emergency, or my own oversight Often times the neighborhood store is closed for the night. Restaurants are usually open, but that can be hard on both the waistline and the wallet. So what do we do now?

According to Money Talk, this is where staple foods come into the picture..They work well with many meals, and these items often have a long shelf life, making them good ingredients to stock up on for last-minute meals.

1. Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins,and are an essential kitchen ingredient, budget-friendly, and easy to make. They can be prepared in many different ways, from hard boiled eggs to grilled eggs.

2. Potatoes

Stock up on potatoes, and you can easily whip up French fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato chips, and more. They’re tasty, inexpensive, easy to prepare.  They’re also filling and acceptable to eat at any meal time.

3. Pasta

Pasta has long been a staple food item filled with fiber and carbohydrates, which give us energy. It’s also cheap and works well with just about any meat or vegetable.

4. Tomato sauce

Pasta can easily sustain us, but it’s awfully boring without sauce. Stock up on a few jars next time you’re at the supermarket.

5. Tuna

Canned tuna is inexpensive, and it’s packed with protein. It is used in various recipes, such as sandwiches, salads, tuna melts, and casseroles.

6. Rice

Rice, like pasta, is inexpensive, and is a popular side dish with meals. It also provides a great source of energy.