I started using a price book back in the early 90’s after reading about it in The Tightwad Gazette. I keep a small, loose leaf notebook in my purse and write down the price of items that I buy. I write the item, the store, the package size, the price, and the cost per ounce:
Calculating the cost per ounce is important because package sizes vary greatly.
When I see a sale price that looks like it might be a good deal, I compare it to the best prices I can find for that item at local stores in my price book to make sure it really is a good deal.
Keeping a price book also helps me identify “ a stock up deal”. If I find an item on sale for significantly lower than its normal best price, I buy extra. How much extra depends on the item, how fast it spoils, and whether it can be frozen.
While this method can be used for any groceries, I feel it is especially helpful when buy wholesome foods which tend to be more expensive, even when on sale. If I am aware of where I can find items for the least amount, I can stretch my grocery budget to include more real food!
Here are tips for how to create a price book along with more tips for using a price book to save money.
How are you saving money on real food?