May 9, 2011

Track your Year's Supply of Storage (Hygeine/Food)

Along with the traditional year's supply of food storage and the 90 day supply of short term foods we have decided to add a year's supply of hygiene and cleaning products.

We started with and excel spread sheet and made a list of all the items we would NEED for one year.
 We made a list that we kept handy and each week when the sales ads would come out we would look for our usual foods and also the items we needed to stock up on. 

Instead of buying all at once, we saved a ton of moula by buying good deals and keeping the items we HAD and NEEDED ORGANIZED on the computer.

If you're not Excel savvy these cute girls from Food Storage Made Easy have made a downloadable spreadsheet for short and long term food storage needs. You can either modify the long or short term storage sheet to keep track of your hygiene products and cleaning supplies.


 Now that we're on this system we need to make sure we track when something's empty. For us it's easiest to print off copies of the spreadsheets and put one in each bathroom and in the kitchen. This was we can write it down right as we're throwing out the old deodorant or whatever.

 Here' what the cabinet in Z's bathroom looks like. It has mostly his year supply of hygiene products.

 
Then on the cabinet door we have our spreadsheet printed out.  We just write in when we've opened  a new item.

There's probably a fancier way to display it and keep track of it- but the truth is, you have to have a system you'll actually do.

It would be easier if we could remember to input the stuff directly, but it never seemed to work out that way.

Each week when I look over the ads and fliers I input all the lists into the computer and add whatever is needed to the grocery list. A little work each week keeps us stocked up and helps us to buy things when they are on sale.

And who doesn't like saving money?!
- Becca -
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10 comments:

  1. Thank you! That was next on my mind...

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  2. love this idea sounds very helpful

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  3. This is a help. It is a good system. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great way to keep track. I would be doing the same thing in printing the lists and putting them in each room. Visiting from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday.
    ~Kimberlee
    {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

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  5. read it, and loved it, thanks for sharing :)

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  6. So good to be organised, and I enjoy saving money. Thanks for posting.

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  7. love your idea I will be looking to make a list of my own like this would be great to keep track of what all I use

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  8. Great idea to keep track of what you've got!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. "And who doesn't like saving money?!"

    Absolutely all of us want to save money, and this is a great tool to save, eh.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Cathy@Common Types of Fabrics According to Weave

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