Friday, November 03, 2006

Inventory awareness training

As most of you know, shopping is just not my thing. In fact, I pretty much despise it, especially clothes shopping. But after a nine-year hiatus, in which my dear husband willingly became Grocery Commando (he'd rather go than watch the kids for 2-1/2 hours while I go!) I've taken back this job (only I do it with my two little ones).

I'm still not very efficient, but in the couple of months since I started, I've gotten a bit better at it.

1. I'm spending about the same and maybe even a little bit less than he did.
2. We've only run out of bread once (yesterday).
3. I've cut my time from 2 1/2 hours to 2 hours through Super W*lm*rt.

Here's the only problem: Overstock


Yes, that's nine boxes of cereal. I also have about 12 pounds of pasta on the shelf below it, 6 boxes of protein bars, and 40 individual bags of baked chips for school lunches. In fact, I'm overstocked on just about everything. Somehow I think that since we go through six gallons of milk a week, we must need that much food each week. Ya'd think I could check before I head out the door, but I'm so stressed out, getting mentally prepared for pushing a 500 pound cart under those fluorescent lights, I guess I just, uh, skip that part?

I guess it's a good problem to have, but I need a serious inventory manager. Oh, right. That's me. Oops.

13 comments:

Laura said...

Oh man. I do this too. My husband just shakes his head at me. Sometimes I even check and still go overboard. Effective and efficient grocery shopping skills are not my thing just yet.

Amy said...

I just discovered online grocery shopping. Around here we use Peapod, but I'm sure you have something similar out your way. It costs about $5 and I can still shop the in-store sales and use my coupons. Totally worth it to not have to take two babies grocery shopping.

annie said...

I'm so not an efficient shopper in the overstock regard, but then again our family is trying to build up a year's supply of food, just in case.

I saw on a WFMW post that someone uses a computer printed grocery list. When they run out of something, they check it off of the list. That way they only buy the things they really need, along with any extras you know you didn't have before. Maybe that would work?

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow...I thought we had alot of milk with 3 gallons....2 skim and 1 whole for the baby.....and your cereal...well, we have 4 boxes and I wouldnt admit this to anyone,,,,, 9 boxes....like I said before Holy Cow.

org junkie said...

I say you are being VERY organized in case of a snowstorm and you are trapped in your house for say...a couple of months!!! Oh and they look lovely all lined up like that too! Laura

Susanne said...

Well you guys are a large family and you hopefully love cereal, right? :v)

I've "trained" my kids to write on a list on the fridge when things like cereal start to get down to 1/2 box and I don't buy if it's not on the list.

Rachel said...

LOL, I do the same thing with canned goods. My sisters look in my pantry and declare that it looks like Aldi just moved into the pantry. :) We're always prepared to make whatever.

JaneC said...

All the holiday food drives are coming up so it will be easy to unload the extra and actually give good food to people who might need it. One of those boxes of Cheerio would make the poor mom of a toddler very happy. (My kids wanted to live on only Cheerio for a time.)

Carol said...

Which reminds me...we're out of bread over here, too.

Oh, what to do with two dozen cans of tomato sauce?

Anonymous said...

LOL Katherine! Funny thing is, in my house, those 9 boxes would go just as fast as 3 or 4.....UGH....I've given up on cereal for that reason. I guess you're all set for winter, huh? HE HE....

BTW, I hate shopping, too. I took a few months off this summer, poor dh......Since we moved I just hated shopping around here so much. Isnt' that weird? Now I'm getting used to the stores around here I guess....plus I've been making it a Saturday night thing with my mom. So it's kind of like "going out" and getting a chore done at the same time...LOL (yeah, I don't get out much!)

MicheleinNZ said...

I would say go with the above idea of only buying what's on the list. If it's not on the list you obviously don't need it. This would require you to make a menu, which you can design to use up those 12 pounds of pasta!

Shalee said...

Let me help you with this little problem. See our problem is that we are understocked and we go through cereal like crazy. So if it would help you, I'll take some off your hands. What are friends for, right?

Seriously, you now have a great selection from which to choose for the Thanksgiving donation baskets. As it is, I'm going to have to go purchase somt things to give away. Half of your battle is just won!

Gina said...

Why not just shop once a month like me? I over stock also. Better to have too much than too little!

Wow! 6 gallons of milk. The 6 of us hardly go through two! We're big water drinkers!