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    Default grocery price list?

    Hello everyone,
    I'm fairly new to this group, and am ready to chime in now.

    I've been married and doing the grocery shopping for nearly 12
    years
    now and have never kept up with a price sheet. I always try to get
    the lowest price and am familiar with prices in my area, but
    obviously
    can't memorize all prices. We have been strapped for cash our
    whole
    married lives, but are tighter than ever now. I'm going to school
    full time and the kids are getting older. I decided this week I'm
    going to start my own price sheet/book. I started it with an Excel
    spreadsheet.

    How many of you do or do not keep up with grocery prices in a
    book? If
    you do, what works for you?

    Thanks,
    Tamela
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    I don't keep an official one, but I do know the prices in my head. I
    also have items I won't buy until they get low enough on sale, sort
    of like a "cut off" amount on what I'll pay, that I also have in my
    head.

    I would start with making a list of the items you buy every time you
    shop- milk, eggs, bread, meats, etc. Anything you put into the cart
    every time should be on the price list. Mark the actual price, not
    the sale price. Mark the price from any stores you regularly go to,
    so you know which store is cheaper.
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    I don't know about now, but Aldi's used to be a super place to stock up on
    vegetables in late summer and early fall. They'ld have local cannery brands
    for as little as 19 cents. This was from when produce contracted by a
    major brand exceeded their requirements. The farmer had already been paid
    according to his contract, and any overage was sold under the local
    cannery's brand, often the name of the town where the cannery was.
    Everybody knew, for instance, that Ackley (that's in Iowa) brand corn was
    actually Green Giant with a different label.

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    Hello,
    My husband and I tried to do a price book years ago. We took a notebook to all the stores and compared prices with the stores we normally shop with. Unfortunatly trying to keep up with that was a pain in the rear and we never went to another log. So if anyone posts some fairily easy logs that would be great! I also go to school full time and well I have been married 11 years and we are always tight on cash. Haven't learned how to handle properly but even if I don't chime in too often I get a lot of great ideas on this site that help with that. So things are moving up and there's a light in our tunnel. Good luck, Michelle
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    likewise here.

    I also know who is most likely to have the best prices on common items.

    The listowner has indicated that she makes up a monthly (?) menu and shops
    from that. I don't. I look at the weeks ads and build a menu around that.
    If it's cheap enough, I'll figure out a way to use it. (BTW, it really
    helps I'm only cooking for myself.)

    I also keep a very large larder. If I had to, most of the time I could go
    without buying anything for 2-3 months. Would be rather boring, no fresh
    fruit, vegetables, or dairy products, but would be reasonably nutritious.

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    We took a class with DaveRamsey.com for about $100 for 13 weeks. It taught us how to save and spend in all aspects of our life. Insurance, collage, home, food etc. He taught us how to pay off our debt, how to prioritize. It was worth the money for us. We are now able to sleep better.

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    Doh Re:

    Care too share what you got and learned from Ramsey?

    Kathleen


    We took a class with DaveRamsey.com for about $100 for 13 weeks. It taught us how to save and spend in all aspects of our life. Insurance, collage, home, food etc. He taught us how to pay off our debt, how to prioritize. It was worth the money for us. We are now able to sleep better.

    Melissa[/quote]

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    ok my mission is now to figure out a simple price book. Maybe I should start visiting some of the local stores see if they can beat foodlion
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