If you've hung out any length of time on Passionate Penny Pincher, you may feel like I'm drilling this one into your head, but I just don't want anyone to miss it! You can use coupons every single time you shop, and you can shop every sale in town every single day of the week, but if you don't know what what a good price is, you will spend too much money. (Did you get that??? Please don't miss it!)
Earlier this week I made a quick run into Kroger for some bread and bananas, and was overjoyed (seriously, elated!) when I saw bananas on Manager's Special for $.35 a pound. Had I seen those bananas last summer at that price, I wouldn't have gotten all that excited (because last summer it wasn't uncommon at all to find bananas priced around $.39/lb. . . .) But, it has been months since I've seen bananas below $.59/lb., and trust me, I've watched! So, I grabbed oodles, and skipped out the door with my deal. 🙂
If I wasn't sure of my prices, I would happily grab a bunch of bananas at Publix for $.69/lb. and not even think a thing about it. But by being aware of what my price-points are on specific items, I always have some idea of what the best price available is. While I don't typically stockpile massive amounts of processed snacks (which was shown quite a bit on last night's Extreme Couponing . . . ), you can bet I stock up on fresh produce when I see it. (I can always freeze them for banana bread…) Also, when I see ground beef or chicken breast priced below $1.49/lb., I buy as much as my budget can afford that week.
Do you know your prices? If you don't, take a minute to check out my target price list over HERE. And just for fun, what are your target prices on. . .
- Ground Beef?
- Chicken Breast?
- Orange Juice (that's a hard one . . . I can't ever seem to find a deal!)