Tip of the Day: JIT It!

by Eubie on May 24, 2013

Just-in-time (JIT) has become the modern business model for reducing inventory expenses. This model can be applied to your own life, especially when it comes to food shopping. Try this: eat what you buy and when you run out of food, buy more. Maybe you think that’s what you’re already doing. It isn’t. Your fridge is full of stuff that eventually you’ll throw out (we hope). Why just today, we had to toss half a half-gallon of milk because it had expired. If you’re an (unrepentant) bachelor–and we’re guessing you are if you’re here–you probably have either 1) nothing in the fridge or the cabinets; or 2) crap so old you can’t tell what it is anymore. Here’s what you do. First, eat everything that’s edible and toss the rest. Now you can start over! Go to the local market and buy just enough for a few days, maybe a week. Eat that and at the end of the week, go shopping again. Buy fresh, healthy foods, like some of the ones we mentioned in an earlier post. We like hummus, (reasonably) fresh bags of vegetables, such as a broccoli-cauliflower-carrot mix, a box of cereal, milk, eggs, sandwich meat and (healthy) bread, a few canned goods, maybe a jar of pickles, really anything that’s green and not frozen in a hermetically-sealed bag. Start small and branch out. You’ll feel better (from your newfound healthier eating habits) and you’ll save money. And, you won’t have to keep throwing smelly, spoiled goo-filled tupperware into the trash! It’s a win-win-win situation!

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