What’s A Good Price?

I posted this back in April but have had several requests for my “target” price sheet, and thought I'd share it again!  You can always find it by clicking on the “What's A Good Price” link under top posts on the right side of the page when you're trying determine a good deal or not – thanks for the reminder Kay!

Do you ever get to the store, see a “sale” and wonder if it’s really a good price or not?  That drives me crazy!  So I put together a list of prices on a few stockpile items as a reference.  Remember that your grocery prices will vary by region (I think our groceries here in Alabama are a little higher than they were in Kentucky, but way cheaper than I’ve seen when visiting Florida – so expect some fluctuation!) 

These are my target prices for items, but there are definitely times I don’t get things this cheaply!  I would say though that of the items in my “stockpiling” pantry, 90% cost less than $1.  Because I’ve been couponing for awhile, my stockpile is fairly substantial so I can wait for these prices to come around again rather than buying something at a higher price.  These are the prices I expect to pay for these items at Publix or Kroger, even though you can sometimes get even better deals if you watch drug store sales. 

Meat –

Fresh Fish – $3.99/lb
Frozen Fish – $2.99/lb
Pork Chops (bone-in) – $.99/lb
Pork Chops (boneless) – $1.49/lb
Pork Roast – $1.79/lb
Beef Roast – $2.49/lb
Beef Stew – $1.99/lb�
Ground Beef – $1.79/lb
Ground Chuck – $1.89/lb
Whole Chicken – $.99/lb
Split Chicken Breasts – $1.19/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts/Tenderloins – $1.99/lb

Milk – $2.59 (this one varies A LOT by area – Sam's and Costco have it cheapest)
Margarine – FREE to $.50
Butter – $1 to $1.50
Eggs – $.99/dozen
Shredded Cheese – $.50 to $.99 for 8 oz.  (FREE AT KROGER RECENTLY!)
Sour Cream – FREE to $.50
Cream Cheese – $.25 to $.50

Bananas – $.39/lb. (I haven’t seen that in awhile though, so maybe $.49!)
Grapes – $.99/lb.
Apples – $.99/lb.
Peaches $.99/lb.
Letttuce – $.99/head
Green Peppers – $.50 in summer, $.99 in winter (stock up in summer time and freeze)

Chex Mix – FREE to $.50
Snack Crackers (i.e. Keebler, Ritz, etc.) – $.50 – $1
Popcorn – FREE to $1
Cookies – $1

Baking Products
Brownie Mixes – $.30 to $.70
Cake Mixes – $.30 to $.70
Frosting – $.25 to $.50
Yeast (Fleischman’s 3 pack) – FREE to $.50
Baking Soda – FREE to $.50
Baking Powder – FREE to $.50
Corn Starch – Free to $.50
Salt – Free to $.50
Flour – $1
Sugar (4 lb bag) – $1.30

Spaghetti Sauce – $.30 to $.80
Pasta – FREE to $.50
Tomato Paste – FREE to $.20
Canned Tomatoes – FREE to $.50
Cereal – $1-$1.50
Ketchup – $.30 to $.80
Mustard – FREE to $.30
Mayonaise – $1 to $1.75
Steak Sauce – Free to $1
Syrup – $1
Salad Dressing – $.30 to $.80
Frozen Veggies – FREE to $.50
Frozen Waffles – $.50 to $1

Loaf of Bread – $.99
Hamburger Buns – $.99
Hot Dog Buns – $.99

Bar Soap – FREE to $.50 for 3-pack
Handsoap – FREE to $.35 for small pump (Softsoap is often on sale $1 with $.35 coupon doubled)
Shampoo, Conditioner, Hairspray – $.50 to $1.50 (usually cheapest at drug stores)
Toothpaste – FREE to $.50
Deodorant – FREE to $.50

Paper Products
Paper Plates – FREE to $1
Napkins – FREE to $1
Paper Towels – FREE to $.45 per roll (Publix occasionally makes them the penny item)
Toilet Paper – $.01/square foot (to figure this out – take the cost of toilet paper and divide it by the square foot – you’ll find the square footage on your package)

Cleaning Supplies
Window Cleaner – FREE to $.50
Lysol Cleaners – FREE to $.50
Toilet Bowl Cleaner – $1
Dishwashing Soap – $.50 – $.80
Dish Detergent – FREE to $1.50
Laundry Detergent – $2-$3 for 30 loads
Liquid Fabric Softener – FREE to $1.50 for smaller bottle (use vinegar when you can't get it free!)

Baby Needs 
Diapers – $.12 to $.15 per diaper (depends on size also!)

Baby Wash or Shampoo -$.99
Baby Food – $.30-$.35 per jar

*UPDATE*  Here are a few staple prices based on Sam’s Club prices (Added 5/19/10)


Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.97/lb.
Tyson Individually Wrapped Chicken Breasts $2.78/lb.
Split Chicken Breast $1.85/lb.
Whole Chicken $.87/lb (will be $.99/lb in upcoming sale at Publix)
Pork Spareribs $1.97/lb. (on special – I don’t think that’s their normal price)
Ground Beef $2.68/lb.
Ribeye Steaks $7.98/lb.
Round Steak $4.50/lb.
Chuck Roast $2.88/lb. (will be $2.99 in upcoming sale at Publix)

Bananas $1.29 for about ten bananas (I didn’t check the weight!)
Apples $4.98/5 lb. bag

Frigo String Cheese $7.48 for 48
Sargento String Cheese $5.96 for 24
Kraft Shredded Cheese 2 lbs for $6.12

This is by no means a complete list – do you have other suggestions on what’s a good price?  The one thing I can never find a deal on is trash bags, so I’d love to hear what you all try to pay for those, and anything else I missed!

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  1. Thank you for doing this. I know it was time consuming for you but we really appreciate it!

  2. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for a good price sheet. I can definitely use this for myself and to help other friends and readers too!

  3. ItsAboutTime says

    About time to revise this… In OH, prices have jumped several times across the board on most everything you’d buy at the grocery, drug, and/or all-purpose “variety” store (KMart, Target, WalMart)

  4. hello! do you think prices have changed now? it looks like this list was made in 2010.

  5. I’d recommend target for those. I stock up when they have their 5.00 gift card deals. If you follow that rule it’s pretty close to being a bogo….

  6. Hi Laurie-
    I was wondering if there is an updated version of this list on your page? (2015 vs. 2010) This is such a helpful tool to use and I was curious if you still follow these guides or as the prices have gone up/years gone by, does your good prices change?

    • I actually have updating that list on my to do list right now AJ, because they DEFINITELY have changed! I promise to get to work on it in the next few weeks 🙂


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