I'd like to step-up how efficiently I consume the groceries I buy. I know this means I need to develop a meal plan but, I've never really done anything this rigorous. I'm wondering, should taking an inventory be the first step towards being efficient with my resources? I was then thinking of outlining these ingredients various functions and once I have such a list I'll develop a meal plan. I'm thinking this will take some time. So I'm thinking I'll start either this weekend or Monday next week. Tonight while in the kitchen, I'll take inventory and approximate how much of what I have and when it will expire. This may sound crazy to some but, to heck with them, I want to be an efficient home cook. I think this will also help me in finding the multiple functions that ingredients have to offer. Any input or advice would be appreciated. I think I'll post my list and see what I can set up. Hopefully this can be a good resource for other home cooks seeking the same thing.