Take a Home Inventory Before you Start Shopping

Home Inventory Before you Start ShoppingMany people are constantly on the go in order to keep up with their busy lives. This on the go lifestyle forces people to do required tasks spontaneously, or when they can find time to squeeze it into their crammed schedule. Making time to take a home inventory will benefit you and your family, because it makes you aware of what you have in your refrigerator and pantry at all times, and if you keep this inventory updated it will prevent you from purchasing items in the future that you really don’t need.

How to Take a Home Inventory

 

Taking a home inventory is simple and depending on how crammed your shelves are, it shouldn’t take a great deal of time. All you have to do is start a listing of every item in your refrigerator and pantry, be sure to include the expiration date as well so you know when the item should be discarded. You can do this with a pen and a pad of paper, in the notes area on your phone or you can simply download an app that will help you track your home inventory. A great app to consider is Fridge Pal or something similar. Once your inventory has been completed you.

What is Fridge Pal?

 

Fridge Pal is an App that can be downloaded on apple devices from the App Store.  The purpose of the app is to easily create and manage your home inventory and shopping lists. This App has become a very good tool and it was the winner of This Old House Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013. It allows people to know what they have for food in their home and it even sets reminders so you use the food you have before it reaches expiration. Another great thing that this app does is it also allows you to choose the ingredients that you do have and it will then provide you with recipes with those ingredients. When you purchase items at the store, you can easily move those items from your shopping list into your home inventory.

Why Take a Home Inventory

 

Taking an inventory of the items in your home is a great idea because it prevents food waste, as well as waste of your hard earned money. On average, a household will waste about 25% of food purchased per year. That is a lot of money to be wasting and if it can be prevented, we should all take advantage of the tools that can help us prevent this waste. Knowing what you have in your pantry and refrigerator can help reduce the waste in your home, which is good for both your wallet and the environment.

The use of a home inventory can make your weekly grocery shopping trips more efficient, because it will prevent you from purchasing items that you don’t need to buy and it will save you time in the long run because you won’t have to look through your pantry and refrigerator to see what is there, and what need to be purchased. These home inventories are a great tool to save you time and money even for people with very busy lifestyles.

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