Frugal grocery shoppers keep price books. For most
people, it is the only way you can tell if an items is on sale. It is hard
to remember the "normal" selling price of all the items you buy. A
price book is a list of what you have been paying for your grocery items over the
last 3 months.
The most efficient way to keep a price
book is the keep a list on your computer of the items you buy. Then put
down the price you pay for them. It takes a little work to transfer the
information from your food receipt, but once you input it, you can wait a few
months to update your list.
Keep an updated printout of your list, and take it with you
when you go shopping. When you see an item that is being advertised as on
sale, check your list to see if it is really a good price and worth buying in
quantity. Thrift and price books go hand-in-hand.
some more frugal tips to save money with a
- When you see a true sale,
stock up on those item if you have room to store and rotate them.
- Always check the ads with your
price book. It may be worth stopping at an additional store.
- Keep your price book up to
date. Food prices keep rising.