FREE WORK PLANNER
Earlier this week when I talked about the “secret” being in the sale, a few folks emailed an commented that they're just not sure whether or not something really is a good price. To make life easier, you can easily download my stock up price list, but that varies some by area (and the prices are my stock up prices, after coupons which makes a huge difference!)
I started thinking though, that anyone can determine to learn their best prices by just putting a little time into research each week before shopping. Instead of trying to figure out a HUGE stock up price list, for the next few weeks make a list of ten things that you regularly buy – just the basics – and watch them each week in the sales ads for one month. Then you'll at least really know on those ten staples, and next month can pick another 10 items to work with.
Do it for a few months, and my bet is that by Christmas you'll have a pretty good idea of most of the best prices on items your family regularly buys! For me, I like to know my stock up prices on a few things my family uses every day ~ here's my top ten:
- Milk $2.79/gallon (I've seen it lower at Costco)
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.79-$1.99/lb.
- Ground Beef $2.49/lb.
- Bananas $.49/lb.
- Some kind of fruit for the week ~ Apples ($.99/lb.), Strawberries ($.99/pint), Grapes ($.99-$1.49/lb.)
- Cereal $1-$1.50 per box (after coupons)
- String Cheese $.20-$.25 per piece
- Shredded Cheese $1.99/8 oz (less if there are coupon deals)
- Peanut Butter (we eat a lot of this one here!) $1.49/16 oz
- Paper Towels $.50 – $.75 per roll
Don't forget you can also search ALL the weekly sales for stores we cover here on PPP over HERE, so if there's something you need now you can easily find where it's on sale.
New to budgeting and don't know where to begin? Here are a few posts to you get started:
- The Secret's in the Sale: 5 Easy Ways to Save, Every Time You Shop
- Help! How Do You Save When You're Eating Out?
- How Cleaning and Organizing Help My Budget
- What My Five Year Old Taught Me About Money
- Don't Sacrifice What You Really Want For What You Want Right Now
- How Much Should A Family Spend On Groceries?
- Are you on an all cash budget?
- New to couponing? Here's where to start.
- How Does Your Grocery Budget Look?
- Extreme Coupon Fraud: What You See On TV Isn't Always Real
- Are You Spending Within Your Budget?
- Save the Way You Can Save: Penny Pinching Is Not A Competition
- Are You Satisfied With Your Penny Pinching?
- You Do Have Time To Coupon (But You Don't Have To Do Everything. . .)
- Are Coupons For Everyone?
- How To Really Change Your Grocery Budget
- How to Save on Organics