Creating a pantry inventory and a master shopping list is not difficult. I even have a printout of one of each that you can use, or see as an example to make your own.
Master Pantry Inventory (Can be printed as two sheets, or use the back of one sheet for page 2)
Make a master copy of each list and keep them in a household folder on your computer for easy access. You do not have to fill out the master lists, just have a basic outline to fill in before or after printing.
Master Pantry Inventory
An inventory list is really just a list of foods/ingredients that you always have in your pantry. You indicate a general name, such as pasta sauce rather than brand names, and sizes. After this information, you can add tally marks indicating how many of each food you have on hand.
Ex: Crisp Rice Cereal, 32 oz.: / / / / / / / /
This example indicates you are starting with 8 boxes of this type of cereal.
Whenever an item is taken out of the pantry, cross off a tally mark from the list. Before shopping each week, check your inventory to see how many of each item you need to replace.
Master Pantry Shopping List
You will want to set up a shopping list by categories or in the order of the aisles at your store. I do my regular shopping list using aisle number, but larger stock up shopping lists by category because I often visit more than one store when doing the shopping. This allows me to save time and money. I even record the coupons that I have on the category list, rather than just underlining the coupon items on the regular shopping list.
Ex: 1 coupon for .25 off (Name Brand) tomato soup, 2 coupons for $1.00 off 5 cans (Name Brand) tomato and/ or chicken noodle soup
ends up looking like
1 @ .25 off Cam. T soup, 2 @ $1 of Cam T/CN soup
This shortens the information needed. Use whatever code format you can easily remember time and time again. Be sure to indicate the quantity and size(s) of each product you will need. Cross off items as you pick them up, or provide a line next to each for a place to check off what you place in your cart.
Check out the Master Pantry Inventory. Add what you have so far to the list. Save to your documents.
Check out the Master Pantry Shopping List. Print a copy to start a shopping list with. Save to your documents.
NOTE: Even if you have coupons, another brand (including store) may be cheaper. I will put the coupons away and take the cheapest every time.
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