After weeks of entering data from my grocery bill, I should now have a base of how much items cost. I’m frustrated with myself, though, because I know I’m not using all of this knowledge to get the lowest possible bill. I forget to bring the coupons, or I buy what I need when it’s not on sale, or I mistake a marketing trick for a sale. Here’s my updated grocery price list:
If you didn’t read my last post about saving money at the grocery market, I vowed to learn the prices of frequently purchased items, so that I could stock up when needed and know a great deal when I saw one. So far… not so good. I really should take the advice of Coupon Mom – stick with my most common items. At first, maybe I should stick to less than ten. Keeping track of the prices of 38 types of food hasn’t been working for me so far.
I’m going to start memorizing the prices of the following items. Reasons vary, but for the most part, I’ve chosen items that are expensive, frequently consumed, or have a long shelf life.
- Frozen blueberries (it’s expensive, and I eat them 4-5 times per week on cereal)
- Carnation instant breakfast (H drinks daily)
- Peanut butter (I don’t like the cheapest kind, I eat it frequently, and I can buy multiple jars without it going bad)
- Dishwasher detergent (I just don’t know how much it should cost, at it’s easy to stock up on)
- Flour (I recently got tricked into thinking it was a great deal… the wound is still fresh, so I’m ready for revenge)
- Cheese (it’s expensive)
- Deodorant (easy to stock up on, and I usually don’t get it until we’re out)
- Face wash (same reason as deodorant)
I know that I could just print out my page, bring it to the store, and all problems would be solved. It just seems somewhat time consuming, and, it I’m being completely honest here, it would be pretty embarrassing. Maybe it would just look like a grocery list, and no one would know…
What do you think? How do you recognize a sale? And what would you think if you saw someone whip out a page full of prices in the cereal aisle?