Once a week empty the fridge prior to grocery shopping so that you do not purchase something that you already have, while empty wipe the inside clean before returning food to the fridge. Keep a check list on your computer (I use excel) of all the most frequently used items so that you can highlight when they are needed.
By Donnaschmitt215 from Glendale, NY
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I, too, keep an inventory in Excel! I've found it helpful to have a column for "update date" so that I know when I confirmed that I have or don't have a particular item - that helps when I update it after a shopping trip, or do a quick partial inventory instead of a complete one.
I use little rectangular removable stickers from the office supply store for labels. I write on them with a fine-tip pen, with the name of the item and the date. If they don't get wet, these will peel off nicely when you're done with them, yet they stay put even in the freezer if the container is perfectly clean where you put them.
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