Monday, April 14, 2014

Setting Up a Kitchen Inventory



I like to keep a list of pantry and kitchen food items that I use frequently or at least want to have on hand just in case a recipe calls for it.  The way I keep my inventory up is by printing out my list, taking an inventory of what I have and pin it near the section that these items are stored.  I also keep a pen near the list so when I use the item I can mark its count down on my list. 

Example:  If I have 3 jars of Mayo and take out one I mark it down to 2 on my inventory list.  When I get ready to go shopping I look over my lists to see what I have in stock.  This also helps with sales and using coupons.  If I'm down to 2 jars of mayo and my brand isn't on sale I can wait and watch for it to go on sale and hopefully have a coupon that can be used along with the sale. 

I do try to stock up on my products when I find them on sale and mark my inventory list when I make additions. 

Example:  When my favorite mayo goes on sale for buy one, get one, I'll buy at least 2 and 4 if allowed by the store.  These I'll add to my inventory list.

The lists I'm giving you include some of those items that you may not normally keep on hand.  I cook a lot so I try to keep them just in case.  This is just an example list of what I have on my list.  You can easily make adjustments and make my list fit your own needs.  

I think you'll find that by keeping up with your inventory you'll find shopping a lot easier.  And due to you knowing exactly what you need, you will find it a lot cheaper because you're not looking at items that you don't normally buy but only at those you do.



Meat & Seafood
o Bacon/Sausage 
o Beef - roast, cubed, chunk, ground
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o Chicken - whole, boneless/skinless, bone in, strips
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o Fish/Shellfish - Shrimp, cod, flounder, crab
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Cereal
o Cereal
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o Oatmeal
o Granola Bars

Pasta & Grains
o Mac & Cheese
o Pasta 
o Pasta Sauce
o Rice
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Sweets & Snacks
o Candy, Gum, Chocolate
o Cookies
o Crackers
o Chips: Potato, Corn, Other
o Nuts
o Popcorn, Pretzels
o Salsa & Dips
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Condiments
o Ketchup, Mustard
o Mayo, Spreads
o Peanut Butter
o Jams & Jelly
o Salad dressing
o Cooking Oil
o Vinegar
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Spices & Herbs
o Salt
o Pepper
o Spices:
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o Herbs:
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Frozen
o Waffles & Other Breakfast
o Vegetables
o Juice Concentrate
o Ice Cream
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International
o Soy Sauce
o Salsa & Hot Sauces
o Tortillas & Tacos
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Cans & Soups
o Tomatoes Sauce, Paste
o Soup
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Beverages
o Coffee
o Tea bags
o Sugar, Splenda
o Juice
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o Soda
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Cleaners

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Paper Goods
o Paper Towels
o Napkins
o Tissues
o Toilet Paper
o Zip Lock Bags
o Garbage Bags
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Personal Care
o Deodorant, Soap
o Toothbrush & Toothpaste
o Razors & Shaving cream
o Eye Care
o Feminine Care
o Shampoo & Conditioner
o Sunscreen
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Petcare

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