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Some of my vitamins (like vitamin A, D, and E) are expressed in IUs (international units). How can I manage these? What do I use for product units? What do I use for usage rate units?
A: Right now MakeLifeEasy doesn't allow you to choose IUs as a unit.
You can request IUs as a unit by sending us an email, and if we get enough requests we'll add it.
In the meantime, the best way to manage these items is to
(a) include your daily dosage as part of the need name, and
(b) use count as the unit.
instead of entering this:
"I need 400 IU/day (the usage rate) of Vitamin A (the need) and I bought 100 400 IU capsules Vitamin A (the product) to cover it.
"I need 1 count/day (the usage rate) of Vitamin A - 400 IU capsules (the need) and I bought 100 1 count capsules Vitamin A (the product) to cover it.
Last week we reduced our usage rate for coffee. I changed the usage rate, but where can I enter the date of the change?
You can't. The change will take effect on the day you enter it.
If you want to account for the fact that you reduced your usage last week,
you can adjust your amount left. If the change in the usage rate was large enough, and long ago enough,
you should have more actual amount left than MakeLifeEasy has estimated.
Or, you can just wait until the asset shows up on a checkpoint report or your
shopping list, and adjust the amount left then.
I just bought a huge 1 kilogram jar of coffee creamer. I figured that I use 720 mg/day, so at that rate it should last almost four years! But once I entered it, MakeLifeEasy says there are only 365 days left. Why is that?
It was probably entered with a lifetime of one year,
which is the standard default lifetime for a supply-type asset.
For a supply-type asset, the days left will be ( quantity remaining / usage rate )
or the remaining lifetime, whichever is shorter .
Consider increasing the lifetime of the asset, since coffee creamer lasts forever. (doesn't it?)
For my shaving cream, why is "Qty left" given in "floz" units on the Shopping List, but "Amount left" is given in "entities" on the Asset Checkpoint reports?
Another great question! There is a good reason for this. First you need some background:
- An entity is an "individually wrapped" portion of a product: a single can, bottle, box, bar, etc.
- "Floz" (fluid ounces) are the unit price units for shampoo.
- The Qty left always refers to the number of unit price slices of the asset left.
- The Amount left always refers to the number of entities of the asset left.
Now that you know all that,
- MakeLifeEasy shows "Amount left" (remember, that's in entities) on
the Asset Checkpoint reports (and all other pages that use the Quick Updates panel.
That's because we believe it's easier to count entities (e.g, 1/2 can, 2 boxes, 1/4 bottle, etc.)
when you're taking physical inventory of an asset,
instead of counting unit price slices (6 floz, 34 oz, etc.).
- MakeLifeEasy shows "Qty left" (remember, that's in unit price units)
on the shopping list so you'll know exactly how much of a need you have left,
regardless of how the individual assets are packaged
(e.g., if you have left 1/4 quart of yogurt in one carton and 1/2 pint in another, you have 16 floz total).