Grocery Budget Extreme Makeover Part V

Level 1: Bargain Belle

Start a System


Keep track of your food wisely:

1. Organize your refrigerator so that every item has a place. For instance, keep all beverages on the top shelf, all leftovers on the second shelf, all condiments on the second shelf of the door, etc. Make up a system that works for you and stick to it. I know it sounds odd, but using labels inside the refrigerator serves as friendly reminders for family members. Here’s a little more inspiration and instruction.

2. Use the restaurant rule of “first in, first out.” If you have two gallons of milk in your fridge, the oldest one goes in front so it gets used up first. (5 minutes)

3. When you bring groceries home place the newest items behind the older ones. This works for non-perishables in the cabinets too. (5 minutes)

4. Organize your freezer so that every item has a place. Use plastic containers to group like items. (15-30 minutes the first time)

5. Keep an up-to-date list of your freezer’s contents. (I keep mine in a magnetic file on the side of the fridge.) This will really help you use the food efficiently and decrease the chances of forgetting food in the depths of your freezer. Remember to add to, and subtract from, the list when you add or use food. Train your family to do the same. Here is a freezer inventory form to get you started.

What’s your favorite money-saving food-organizing tip?

 

2 comments:

katie said...

Hey! I've been reading this in my reader and didn't see that you have comments. I am SO not organized in the kitchen though I do keep all my baking ingredients (other than flour) in a basket in the cabinet so they are all together.

May 15, 2009 at 9:02 AM
Angela said...

Katie,
Just start small. Pick the few items you use most often, designate a place for them, and ask everyone in your family to put them back in the same place every time :)

May 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

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