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Buyer's Tally Sheet
Buyer's Tally Sheet
Sample, Buyer's Tally Sheet
Sample, Buyer's Tally Sheet
4 Easy Steps to Use the BUYER'S TALLY SHEET
4 Easy Steps to Use the BUYER'S TALLY SHEET
  1. In the top row, enter the months (e.g., July, August, September, etc)
  2. In the next row, enter the Department Name.  Then, for reference, fill in the total planned Open-to-Buy @Cost for each month for that department.
  3. In the left-hand column, enter each Vendor's name, one per row. In that row, show the dollar total of the orders @Cost you have placed with that Vendor for that Department in the column for the month you expect to receive it. (These are "best guess-timates", of course.)
  4. Remember to add up the on-orders for each department for each month, and compare that to the OTB budget amount.  (Ideally, you will have money left in each month in each department for re-orders!)

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