Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How to Save Money at the Grocery Store - Price Book

Have you had ever bought a commonly used grocery item only to realize it was MUCH cheaper the last time you bought it?  Did you stand there in frustration as you had to pay more wishing you had stocked up when it was a good price?

This was my reason for creating my first price book years ago.

It is a very simple way to keep track of grocery prices, helping you to know when to buy just a couple of something, or giving you the confidence to buy a case.

A price book is your weapon against fluctuating food prices.  It feels good to me to be able to have a little bit of control over the prices that I pay.

You begin by simply dividing the number of pages in a small note book by 26 to see how many pages you can allot to each letter.  Consider reducing the number of pages given to letters such as Q, U, V and Z.  After all your V pages may only contain things like Vinegar and Velveeta.

I chose to put dots on the first page of each letter.

Record the date, the item, size, per unit price and the store name. 

After you have a few prices for each item you will begin to have an idea of what a good price is.

If saving your receipts seems like a labor, consider looking for a web site that rates prices for items and gather your initial prices.

Or simply sit down for a few minutes each time you go to the store and begin adding to your book.  With a little bit of effort your book will become a valuable companion in your purse at the grocery store.  You may even find yourself adding great prices on the spot in the grocery store as you find them.

Your price book will also begin to help you to see patterns for when certain things are on sale.
A price book is a very valuable tool for building your food storage and surviving inflation.

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  1. Oh my gosh! What a good idea! I'm a SAHM to 4 boys and we say that it's my husband's job to earn the money and it's my job to make it stretch. I will be trying this or something similar to it. Thanks!

  2. I did something like this a while ago, but I didn't have a good system to keep it organized. Your stickers make so much sense. I am definitely going to start this again and USE it. Great idea. It got me motivated!

  3. I've heard of doing this, but I've never gone ahead and done it. Your system seems very easy to follow.
    Thanks for joining my party :)

  4. That's a great idea!!!!! Thank you!