In my quest to cut my grocery budget, I decided I needed to an inventory of my freezer, spices and pantry items. It really was not an exciting thing to do by any means, but my daughter helped and we got through it pretty fast! It is also one of those things that after you finish doing it, you feel good about it, after all, it will probably save you time and money later!
I typically make a quick list when going to the grocery store, but my $50 trip quickly turns into $150 because I keep going there without a true plan in place. I have been notorious for going to the grocery store and picking up extra things because I cannot remember if I have it on hand or not. My spice cupboard is a clear example of this! I have several bottles of the same spice due to my lack of planning.
The inventory has also been great because it has cut down on what I have been purchasing over the past month. I have been forcing myself to get creative and clean out my cupboards and freezer. I have been in desperate need to get my freezer cleaned out so I can defrost it since we are getting a 1/2 a cow.
Lastly, I have included a printable for you and your inventories! The spice printable fits beautifully in my cupboard and I can quickly look to see what I have on hand or what I need to get more of. I am going to keep my other inventories in my recipe binder I use for my meal planning. This way I can easily see what I have on hand when I make my grocery list.
Happy Inventory Taking!
PS-If this seems like a large task, split it up and do on different days or at different times!
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