Monday, 12 December 2011

Planning, Lists and More

Most kitchens now have a small desk for a laptop or other computer, and a place for necessary paperwork to be accomplished. This seems very modern – but it is not! Because most kitchen office work is still related to copying data from one form to another. Think about it. You probably have a day on which you make out your meal plans for the next week or two, perhaps with is grocery advertisement for their loss-leaders in front of you, and certainly with a calendar showing which days you or different family members have functions taking you away from home at supper time. Then, from that meal plan, you generate a grocery list to take out shopping with you, perhaps further categorized by which items you will be buying at a local framers’ market, and which at the local super market, and to this list you may add pantry staples in need of replenishing.

For most families, food expenditures constitute the families greatest monthly expenditure after housing, and, especially if the family is numerous, or the children athletic, or if the house is paid for, food expenditures may exceed housing expenditures per month and per year.

So, related to the matter of meal and grocery planning, is the matter of family budgeting, and financial record keeping, which, again, is largely a matter of copying data from one application to another. Boring! Unless you decide to have Swivelscript do that chore for you.

Swivelscript is presently optimized for business use. However, a person who enjoys playing around with Javascript programming could easily implement Swivelscript to compose grocery lists, on Excel spreadsheets categorized by shop, from meal planning forms or Apps. Anyone who handles banking or check writing on line, could easily use Swivel Script to import check data and credit card statements into a financial records form, including therein a category for tax deductible expenditures, if applicable.

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