Do you often buy things because you can’t remember if you have it at home. Do you often run out of things and have to rush to the shops? Does it often feel you have nothing in to cobble together a decent meal? Well, this why I now use stock lists to help me get organised, and well-stocked up. It also saves time as I don’t have to write down each item. You can print off the list and either laminate it or put in a plastic wallet, and then use washable pens to to circle items that are needed, or add notes. A stock list doesn’t need every single item you have in your kitchen; if I run out of a spice or a baking ingredient, like vanilla extract for example, I would write that on my list, but having a stock list with regularly bought items is very handy. The stock list is still pretty long however, so I don’t check everything every single week. Instead I have a shorter weekly list which I do check every week, and get alongside my usual fresh weekly shop.
Weekly Stock Checking
So for a weekly stock list, I thought about which items are used very regularly and I don’t want to go without (or listen to my kids whining). I will share here in case yours is similar to mine, but it yours may be very different. I group the items by where they are kept to make it easier to check them.
Butter, eggs, cheddar cheese & carrots
Baked beans, ground coffee, crisps for the kids, onions, garlic, potatoes, breakfast cereals
Bread loaves, pitas, peas, fishfingers, frozen fish
Pre-cooked/bulk cooked: chipolata sausages, bolognese portions, roasted peppers.
So it isn’t many items, so it really doesn’t take long and you can do your usual meal planning and buying fresh produce as well.
Monthly stock checking
It might take awhile to adjust to monthly meal planning as you need to get a feel for how much of each item you go through each month, but it does save time and ensure that you have well-stocked cupboards.