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Okie dokie guys . . . here's my revised list of “what's a good price” on basic pantry staples. Remember, these are my very top prices, so while I may not get this price every single time, here's what I'm aiming for. These will definitely vary by area, but I was surprised when you all shared your top prices a few days ago that the prices were more similar to mine in other regions than I expected!
Do you ever get to the store, see a “sale” and wonder if it’s really a good price or not? Hopefully this will help! I'm always amazed as I talk to new couponers that many people just don't have any idea of what to pay for basic pantry staples. So often, it's easy to just go to the store, grab whatever you need, and not even think about what what you're paying for it.
That can be a huge budget buster. If you don't know what's a good price, how can you know when to stock up at that price? Or, when to wait for a better deal? Here's my list of what I like to pay for on items in our home, and hopefully it will help you out at the grocery store too. If you're unsure what's a good price, print out the list and stick it in your coupon binder so you'll have it with you as you head to the store. 🙂
- Fresh Fish – $3.99/lb
- Frozen Fish – $2.99/lb
- Pork Chops (bone-in) – $1.49 – $1.99 /lb
- Pork Chops (boneless) – $1.79 – $1.99/lb
- Pork Roast – $1.99 – 2.99/lb
- Beef Roast – $2.49- $2.99/lb
- Beef Stew – $1.99-2.49/lb
- Ground Beef – $1.79-$1.99/lb
- Ground Chuck – $1.89/lb
- Whole Chicken – $.69 – $.89/lb
- Split Chicken Breasts – $1.19/lb
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts/Tenderloins – $1.99/lb
- Milk – $2.99 (this one varies A LOT by area – Sam’s, Costco or Aldi usually have it the cheapest)
- Margarine – FREE to $.50
- Butter – $1 to $1.50
- Eggs – $.99/dozen
- Shredded Cheese – $.50 to $.99 for 8 oz.
- Sour Cream – $.50 it's been awhile since I've gotten it for free
- Cream Cheese – $.50
- Bananas – $.39/lb. I haven’t seen that in awhile though, so maybe $.49!
- Grapes – $.99 – $1.19/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
- Canteloupe – $1.50
- Watermelon – $2.99 – $3.99
- Chex Mix – $.50
- Snack Crackers (i.e. Keebler, Ritz, etc.) – $1
- Popcorn – $1
- Cookies – $1.50 – $2
- Brownie Mixes – $.30 to $.70
- Cake Mixes – $.30 to $.70
- Frosting – $.50
- Yeast (Fleischman’s 3 pack) – $.50
- Baking Soda – $.50
- Baking Powder – $.50
- Corn Starch – $.50
- Salt – $.20 – $.50
- Flour – $1.99
- Sugar (4 lb bag) – $1.99
- Spaghetti Sauce – $.50 – $1
- Pasta – FREE to $.50
- Tomato Paste – FREE to $.20
- Canned Tomatoes – FREE to $.50
- Cereal – $1-$1.75
- Ketchup – $.30 to $.80
- Mustard – FREE to $.50
- 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 $1
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Hairspray – $.50 to $1.50 usually cheapest at drug stores
- Toothpaste – FREE to $.50
- Deodorant – FREE to $.50
- Paper Plates – FREE to $1
- Napkins – FREE to $1
- Paper Towels – FREE to $1 per roll (Publix occasionally makes them the penny item)
- Toilet Paper – $.015/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)
- 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!)
- Diapers – $.12 to $.15 per diaper check out Amazon for the best prices on these
- Baby Wash or Shampoo -$.99
- Baby Food – $.30-$.35 per jar
To compare, here are a few staple prices I found recently at Sam's Club:
- 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
- Pork Spareribs $1.97/lb.
- Ground Beef $2.68/lb.
- Ribeye Steaks $7.98/lb.
- Round Steak $4.50/lb.
- Chuck Roast $2.88/lb.
- Bananas $1.29 for about ten bananas
- 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 top prices? There are a few items that I struggle to find a great item (trash bags, paper towels, & really cheap toilet paper!), but by saving in other areas it makes room to pay for those.
Photo courtesy of axelhecht on Flickr.
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If you have a Farmers market nearby, that is your best bet for the freshest and cheapest produce and vegetables. I’m getting green peppers 10/$1 and freezing them. Usually there are special sales on Wednesdays and weekends! Bananas, tomatoes, squash, green beans, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe – all great prices right now.
Where do you buy your dishwasher soap ? The only coupon I have seen for this is cascade and it is always alot more then generic brand. I usually buy mine at Dollar General for 2.39 a jug.
I usually buy the small sizes with a higher value coupon doubled. Sometimes you can get it really cheap at the drug stores too! Now that I think about it though, it’s been a while since I’ve seen it on a great sale. (I do remember a recent Walgreens deal though!
CVS has a good deal on Cascade right now. The 45 ounce gel or powder is $1.99 after coupon. Not too bad a deal I don’t think?
It’s rare to see a great price on Cascade (I usually end up with Electrasol because it’s so much cheaper – they usually offer higher value coupons in the spring!) I definitely think $1.99 for Cascade is a decent price – great find Mary!
Tammy :) says
I love this! I am constantly wondering if things are a good deal or not. I just transferred this to a Word Doc so I could shrink it down to be only 1 page (front & back). Now it will have a permanent place in my purse! Thank you!
So are these the prices prior to using coupons?
They’re my target price with coupns and a sale. Hope that helps!
where do you get yeast for .50
It’s usually around $1.49 – sometimes on sale for $.99 – and I use the coupons that Fleischmann’s puts out at the holidays. They just expired last week, so I grabbed a few more!