In the case of staples, it is often desirable to keep a stock record. The form of record as here suggested for sugar enables one to tell at a glance the date, the amount bought, and the price paid for the article in question. The housekeeper has in these stock cards a basis on which to buy for the coming year. In case no other records (page 177) are kept, it is desirable to include the name of the firm from whom the goods were bought.