I try to always take advantage of "opportunity" items and seasonal item prices....at least when they are items we use regularly and that will store well.
I spent $54 and added 24 cans of pumpkin, 24 cans of organic beans, 4 boxes of pasta, and 6 packages of gnocchi to our pantry. The pasta boxes and the gnocchi will yield two meals each. I store tomatoes for a quick sauce, which makes these my idea of convenience foods. I can do the same with the beans -- chili, burritos, tacos, soup, beans and rice, and the list goes on. Another convenience item. Pumpkin can be baked into sweets or used in sauces, chili, and soups.
By shopping at Aldi and keeping money aside for "finds" I was able to buy this all for the price of what a "named brand" amount of pumpkin would have cost me at the local grocery stores.