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Save Some Time & Money When Buying in Bulk

I often struggle on whether or not something is even worthy of blogging about…but then I remind myself that there are people out there that blog about their bowel movements and it makes me feel better about doing a tiny little post.;) That being said, here is a silly thing that I like to do in order to keep track of the bulk items that I buy.
 I like to use mason jars to store all of my bulk ingredients because it makes writing my grocery list a breeze being able to easily see what I need more of, and not having to open each container to see how much there is saves a ton of time too.  I have found that when I buy some of my bulk items at Costco there is sometimes a huge excess beyond what will fit in my mason jars. This really used to bother me because I would occasionally forget to check if I had more of that item upstairs (I don’t have a basement) and would buy even more when I still had a year or more supply just sitting up there already.
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Anyway, I decided that I needed a symbol to write on the jars when I have more of that particular item on hand so that it would not only cut down on my unnecessary spending, but it would make it so that I don’t have to go up and individually check each of these items when I’m writing out my shopping lists. The great thing about doing this is that it doesn’t have to be just for jars either. You can write the symbol on anything that you have an excess of and have to store the excess elsewhere. After trying a couple of other symbols I decided it was just easier to use an arrow pointing up…which is where the extra items are stored… silly I know, but it happens to work great for me. Anyway, I’ve been doing this for a couple of months now and it has helped quite a bit so I thought that I would share. 
*My husband just asked me “But how do you get the arrow off the jar if you use up the excess” and I just laughed. He didn’t realize that it comes right off with a little bit of soapy water and a washcloth. Hopefully this clears up that question for you if you were wondering it as well.