Taking Inventory

by Marcy on March 18, 2008 · 0 comments

Last night as I was putting away my most recent CVS purchases, I decided that it was time to take inventory of what toiletries and household items I have stockpiled over the last 3 months. While I have gone over budget the last two months ($52 in Jan. & $126 in Feb.), I am hoping that I will have to buy less and less as the months go on. I’m also hoping this will help to offset my overages.

I just did a quick run through my house to see what items I have on hand that are not currently in use. Here is what I came up with:

* Conditioner: 1
* Body Lotion: 1
* Mouthwash: 1
* Q-Tips: 1
* Laundry Detergent: 1
* Contact Solution: 2
* Shampoo: 4
* Tissues: 4
* Baby Lotion: 4
* Face Wash: 4
* Rolls of Paper Towels: 4
* Body Wash: 5
* Deodorant: 3-me; 2-husband
* Baby Wash: 6
* Toothpaste: 7
* Bars of Soap: 28
* Rolls of Toilet Paper: 75+

I think it is safe to say that we are not going to have to buy toilet paper or soap for a LONG time around here!

On the other hand, here are a few items that I would still like to stock up on:

* Conditioner
* Q-tips
* Contact Solution
* Paper Towels
* Laundry Detergent
* Tissues
* Face Lotion

I have decided to stop stockpiling diapers since we are on the verge of potty training. I do have 3 packs of Pull-ups waiting in the closet for potty training time though.

Now I am not posting this info because I think that you want to know how many rolls of toilet paper I have in my house right now. I am just trying to illustrate what I have been able to stock up on since I started shopping sales and working CVS deals into my shopping trips each week. It is pretty cool to me to see what I have been able to do over the last few months. Not to mention (being the brand snob that I am) that almost all of these products are the same brands I have always purchased (with a few exceptions). I do not feel that I have had to sacrifice quality while reducing my budget so far.

I think that it is important to stop and take stock of what you have in your house from time to time. This should help you save money in the long run by not purchasing items that you already have more than enough of. Not to mention, finding a system that works for you will ensure that you and your family are not running out of important items that you use. Because when you run out, you almost always will end up spending more money than if you if you had been able to plan ahead and shop sales.

Now I am not saying that I am perfect and that I am always able to plan ahead. Or that I am able to shop sales for all of the items that I purchase. But I think that any small bit of effort that you can put into planning your shopping trips will help your pocket book. Some can do more than others when it comes to saving money. Some people have a lot more time that they can devote to it. But every little penny counts, so just do what you can, and have fun with it. And try not to drive yourself insane like I have at times. In the end it is all about balance, and about doing the best we can.

I am hoping to go through this same exercise with my grocery items this month. After that, my goal is to come up with a spreadsheet or some other tracking device for my grocery/toiletry/household items.

What about you? Do you have a system for tracking what you have on hand and what you need to purchase?

P.S. It looks like Jeannie and I had the same thing on our minds when it came to taking inventory this week! :)

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