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Hello. I am looking for free software program that will let me input my product prices, recipes, and be able to tell what my cost is per recipe as the price changes whenever a product price goes up. I would also like it to adjust to ingredient increased/decreased. Sounds like a lot? Sorry, but that's what I was hoping for! There is a program called Cake Boss and I think it does all that, but you never know unless you ask for a better solution. http://www.cakeboss.com/shoppingcart.aspx

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Last updated: Nov. 3, 2013 3:41 pm
Posted: Nov. 2, 2013 10:16 pm
 
Answered by: Nadine
Nov. 3, 2013 4:04 am
Sorry I cannot help you with a name of a programme. I do know what you are talking about there are several magazines that have the price per serving list. Maybe you could contact one of them and they might point you in the right direction. The only other thing I can think of is to use Excell but that you require a lot of keying in yourself but it would work.
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Nov. 3, 2013 8:03 am
Excel would definitely work. I used it for all that and more when I had a cake business. The maintenance data entry would be the same as with any program (enter the price changes) and enter the number of servings. The up front work would be significant, as you'd have to design the spreadsheet. You'd need a master ingredient tab with all your prices. Your recipes would all be separate tabs, and the recipe quantities would have to calculate based on the number of servings. If you want to calculate cost per recipe, you'd also have to create an ingredient conversion table, as for example, you buy flour by the pound, but use it by the cup. So while it would work, Excel is by no means free (or even cheap). The design process would be quick and easy if you're Excel competent, but quite difficult / impossible if you're not. My guess, though I cannot offer a specific example, is that someone has already written a stand-alone program that will do what you want with a more elegant user interface. On the upside, I used my master ingredient list to create my purchase orders. I built inventory pars (min / max desired on hand), then when I entered quantity on hand it would spit out a buy list.
 
Nov. 3, 2013 11:25 am
If you have hundreds of recipes, you are probably better off searching for 'shareware' that is commonly offered on the net. Most are free of charge. I would not use Excel unless you plan to spend a LOT of time linking individual recipes together that share common ingredients. The basic problem with shareware is that usually there is no support or future upgrades offered. You are basically on your own once you start using it. Part of what you pay for when buying software is the ability to upgrade as new releases are issued that either fix known issues or add features.
 
MakingMoney&Happy
Nov. 3, 2013 3:41 pm
Thank you Nadine, J-Mac, and Goodfood! I have been working on my excel sheets since this last week, and I find it very good but also very much work. LOL. I did basically what J-Mac said and while doing it also came to realize the conversion table topic. I think what I will do is try to look up the info on how to insert auto sum for my columns, and such. If any one has a spreadsheet out there that you could send, that is welcome, too! You guys were awesome to answer, thanks!
 
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