Creating a Grocery Price Book

People hear ‘price book’ and typically think it’s overly tedious and don’t think it’s time well spent. I disagree and have found that it can help you with buying your staple items.

grocery store price book

How to Make a Price Book

Creating a price book isn’t complicated – it’s merely tracking prices. Here are a few steps to get you started:

  1. Write a list of the staples that you get every shopping trip, like meats, bread, juice, produce, snack ,etc.
  2. Visit your normal grocery stores and record the price and the size amount for each item.
  3. You can load up the data on a spreadsheet and figure out who has the deal bycomparing unit prices (apples to aples comparison).
  4. Base your shopping trips on the price book guide on who has the best value for certain products.
  5. As a comparison, sign up for MVP/VIP etc emails from the grocery stores to see if any sales are on your grocery and if they are a better deal than the price book listings.

You’ll discover trends on certain items and where you’ll most likely find the best deal. Costco and Wal-Mart can have good deals on dry foods that last for a bit. For our more time sensitive foods, we tend to go to Wal-Mart or take advantage of Harris Teeter’sVIP specials.

I try to check the prices as we visit, but I need to update the price book soon. Using a price book along with paper and printable online grocery coupons can drastically cut down your bills.

Thoughts on Using a Price Book

How many of you use a price book for your grocery shopping? What tips and tricks do you have to keep your food spending your in check? What stores have the best price and which ones have the best values?

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