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Friday, December 5, 2008

Clean It Out!!

The frugal Friday tip of the day is, clean it out. On the top of my to do list today was clean out the pantry and get it organized. After my monthly trip to Aldi's earlier this week, everything was just thrown into the pantry and it was terrible. So today I took everything out, and organized it into categories. One spot for baking goods, canned veggies, canned soups, baby items, boxed foods(ex. noodles), rice, breakfast items, juice, and snacks. I think it is so much easier to meal plan when everything is organized and you know what you have. It also makes cooking much quicker when you don't have to search through the entire pantry only to realize that you don't have one of the items that you need to prepare your meal. Organizing also saves money because if you know what you have you will not waste money at the grocery store buying items that you do not need.
Do you have any tips on using organization systems to keep everything in order? If so I would love to hear about it, leave me a comment.


Mom2fur said...

It's been a while since I updated it, but I keep a file folder for recipes, shopping lists and anything else I need for menu planning--and in that file I have printed up pages of what is in my pantry. Really, would I even remember I had self-rising flour way back in the corner if I didn't write it down, LOL? I need to do it again, now that I've been digging in there for stuff to make Christmas recipes. But making a list (and maybe checking it more than twice) is a good way to keep track of things.
You might like a site called "Supercook.com." You can plug in ingredients you have on hand and it gives you back recipes. It's a good way to use up those 'last little bits.'

AudreyO said...

I've always kept like items together. I keep canned goods all in the same place.

You can always write out an inventory list and put it on the inside of the cabinet door so you know what's in there.