Step 2: Evaluate Inventory

Once you have taken inventory, you will know exactly what you have on hand. Looking at your list, determine what meals or dishes or snacks you can make without having to buy anything new. For now, just do this from memory, knowing what your family is used to eating. With practice, you will become more creative with this task and come up with whole new dishes on your own, simply by trying to use what you already have on hand.

Depending what your inventory list looks like, you might be surprised to find that you have enough groceries in the house to keep you all fed for the next week. If that’s the case, good for you! That gives you a whole week to plan and prepare for the following week! The more time you have to plan, the better your plan will be!

If your list is a little sparse and you’re having trouble coming up with some meals, my suggestion for you would be to take a look at my Master Grocery List. I have this posted on the Printables Page. Print off the Master Grocery List. Cross out anything that you have on your Inventory List. Now, whatever is left would be items that you will want to purchase on your next grocery shopping trip, if at all possible. Depending on your budget, you might need to evaluate what the most essential items are. I cannot do this for you. And don’t worry – with time, you’ll become very good at prioritizing as you learn what ingredients you use the most and as you develop creativity in the kitchen! Also, if you are in the “Sparse Inventory” category, you will want to spend more time on Step 3: Plan A Menu.

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