Creating Good Habits: Keeping a Low Inventory List

Since blogging about things helps keep me held accountable, I’m trying to add a new task each week that I’d like to work on.  I’ve been working on creating my Weekly Cleaning Schedule from last week and I’ll share my progress later this week.

This week I am adding “keeping a low inventory list” to my tasks to maintain. What exactly is a “low inventory list?” It’s kind of just like it sounds–a list of items that you keep track of what is getting low in that stockpile of yours. I used to be very, very good at this and I’ve let it slip away, due to time constraints. It’s so sad because it’s such a good way to quickly see items you’ll want to keep track of and watch for sales and coupons to keep your overall costs low.

Just recently, I had to pay full price for shampoo (gasp) because I didn’t realize that I was on my last bottle. I’m kind of finicky of the shampoo I use and sadly, no coupons nor sales were available. My hubby teased me because I’m very adamant about reminding him that he needs to tell me when he’s on his last tube/jar/bottle of anything so I can watching for deals for it.

What’s great about these low inventory lists is if you date them and keep them all together throughout the year, such as in a binder, you’ll eventually start to see a trend in how quickly you go through your supplies. This is a very useful tool when it comes to deciding how many of something to buy when you can get it for a hot price.

So this week, the task that I’m adding to my good habits is to work on creating my low inventory list–and then seeing if I have any current coupons or can find any available coupons online for those items. Going forward, I’ll add a day to the calendar each month for updating and revising my list.

Do any of you keep a running “low inventory list?” I’m hoping some of you will join me in this task for this week to create a good ongoing habit. Love to hear your progress!

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  1. Cristina says

    I will be doing my best to join you in this task,2 days ago I signed up with Avon to be a representative and even though I am excited to meet new people and make some money ,I must admit there is no way I can get things done if I don’t start being seriously organized. I used to think I was a smaller version of Martha Stewart. Now I’m not so sure. At the present momenti have a 2 year old son who’s extremely hyper and picky(I can’t get him to eat anything, God know where he has all that energy from),and yes,terrible twos are not gentle on any of us,I am 5 months pregnant with a very active baby girl,I’m a sahm but sort of managing my husband’s just started business….let’s just say that things are hectic. If you add the in-laws,lack of sleep and extremely important paperwork lost,it gets tense. Your posts help me a lot saving money,doing coupons, surviving really, knowing that from time to time you slack off on some things too…it just keeps me going. I can’t wait to see the next post!:)

  2. Wendy says

    I have a magnetic tablet on the side of the fridge that is easily accessible so I can add items as they run low as I walk by. I find this helpful and it decreases the amount of time it takes to write out a new list for the store.

  3. Susannah says

    I have a spreadsheet that I keep handy. I check things off as they start to run low or things that I’m planning ahead for menu-wise. Works like a charm!

  4. Jacquie says

    my tip is marking the “last” of anything I have. I keep a rubber band around a lot of things – then once I see the rubber band I know that I am running low (especially if kids/husband) forget to write it on our list. Sometime I have the last two items as “reminder”, if they are quickly empty items. Then I keep two list – one list is shopping stuff that I am out of – milk, bananas, etc. but the other list is things that I am almost out of and need to start watching for a good sale.

    PLUS: I write on laundry soap when it will “run out”. With limited space I do not stock up on laundry soap but know that a large container will last about 3 months – so I write on the container when I open it say today (11/1) I would write “empty end of Jan.” so that I know at a glace when I need to think about buying it again.

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