Especially when you are just beginning to lower your grocery budget, it can be hard to know when a “deal” is really a good deal. I know it can get overwhelming when you are in the store staring at a sale price tag, trying to remember what you paid for the item last time.
Per pound, per ounce, per liter. If I don’t have it written down in front of me, I guarantee you I couldn’t make sense of it at the store. I try to have a very specific shopping list when I go grocery shopping, but sometimes I will stumble on a deal that “looks” good and I need to have the information to help me decide whether to stock up or not.
A few things to note about this list:
- These are MY stock up prices. I enlisted the help of two of my good friends to make sure these prices are good across the board. Please remember, these prices may not work for your family. If you have dietary/allergy restrictions, you need to have your own list of what is a good price for you. This list is just to help you get started.
- There are certain items we always have in the house. I do my best to find them at stock up prices, but I will pay a little more if I have to. Know the items your family can’t do without.
- On the other hand, there are items we CAN live without. For example, we rarely have soda in the house. If I can’t find it at my stock up price or below, we just don’t buy it.
- I tried to include all the items we buy or have bought on a regular basis, although I’m sure I have left off a few. I’m providing a printable version of this list, so you can add, delete or change any items to suit your needs.
- I have included several Costco prices for comparison as well, including quite a few from their ever-expanding natural/organic section. For items we have in the house all the time, if I can’t find them at my stock up price, I will buy at Costco to get us through until the next deal comes along.
- I have also included a column to compare bulk prices at Winco. Winco has a HUGE bulk section that is totally worth checking out if you are looking to save some money on your grocery budget. Several prices are better at Costco over Winco, but you have to buy in a much larger size. Sometimes it is worth it to pick up items at Winco when you only need a small amount.
- I have added links to Amazon on several of the more popular items they sell. I only added links to items I would actually purchase on Amazon or have seen a good deal on in the past. If you are looking for prices on a specific item, hopefully this will help for you to see if there is a better deal online. The reason I didn’t list specific prices is that Amazon’s prices jump and drop all the time. This should give you a quick reference to see what the current price is on an item you are searching for.
- I realize that some of the items have different measurements, some are by ounces or pound, some are “any size”. This may not be scientific, but this is what I have gathered from a few years of couponing. Some items have similar stock up prices, regardless of size, and some MUST be measured by ounce or pound.
You have two options to view this list:
- View in Google Docs version
- For printable version from Google Docs: Click File, Download As, choose PDF and export to your computer
I really hope that you find this information useful. As mentioned before, I know how overwhelming this kind of shopping can be and I imagine that is why some people just don’t stick with it. Just by arming yourself with the right information, you can help lower your grocery budget dramatically!
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