Having a well stocked pantry is important if you are going to cook at home. But what needs to be in there? Isn't it going to be expensive to fill up the kitchen storecupboard?
Start by thinking about the things that you would need to use for almost every meal you cook. The essentials. Things you wouldn't want to have to run to the shops for every time. The basic building blocks of a meal.
Once you have these in stock then you can add those "nice to have" items which will be used on an occasional basis.
The following list will provide those essential ingredients that every well stocked pantry should contain. Some of these items will be links to more information on other pages of the site.
You do not, of course, have to go out and buy all these at once! Just add them to your store cupboard as you find you need them. Then top up when you run out.