Keeping up with the best prices on your everyday items shouldn’t be so difficult. Using a Pantry Price List will show you the best price available for your most used items in one convenient sheet.
I would say that close to fifty percent of my weekly grocery list are items I buy every week or at least several times a month. Packing my husband’s and kid’s lunches and snacks make up a good portion of my return purchases. Then there are the staple items that I have to keep in the cabinet or suffer the consequences of not having it when I need it. Since I use these items all the time, I want to make sure that I’m getting the best deal. The way I do this is by filling out a Pantry Price List.
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Save Money on Everyday Groceries with a Pantry Price List
Here’s how to use it.
The Pantry Price List includes all of the staple items my family uses every day. For each item, I can write down how much it costs and what size it is. Then I break that down into cost per unit. For example, if I buy a 4-pound bag of sugar and pay $2.50 then it costs .63¢ per pound. I can fill this out for each store I shop at regularly. Then I know which store regularly has a better price on certain items.
When an item goes on sale, I can compare that sale price to the regular price. That way I know if it’s a good deal. When it is the best price, I will stock up. Since I know my family is going to use it anyway, I might as well buy it at the best price possible.
When I first started using the Pantry Price List, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t getting the best everyday prices that I thought I was. By knowing which store had the best deal, I can plan my shopping trips better now. I usually shop at a couple of local stores. But I don’t like to make multiple shopping trips in a week because that leads to needless spending.
I now stock up on items that are priced the best while I’m at a particular store. Usually, I only do my grocery shopping once a week. So, I will buy several weeks’ worth of any items that are a good deal. Then, if I shop at a different store the next week, I won’t have to buy the same things at a higher price.
Shopping this way ensures that I’m getting everything at the best regular prices. When something goes on sale, I will buy as much as I know my family will use before it goes bad. This plan works best for nonperishable items. But it can be used for perishables as long as I don’t buy more than my family can eat.
Using the Pantry Price List With Coupons
The Pantry Price List works great when I’m using coupons too. Knowing where I’m going to get the best base price lets me plan out when to use my coupons. There is no better feeling than getting an item my family needs on sale and with a coupon. Just knowing that I bought something that was a necessity and saved our hard-earned money buying it gives me the giggles.
The Pantry Price List shows me the savings in black-and-white. I can look at the list and see what the regular price is. Then, I look at my receipt and see exactly how much I saved. It’s kind of like giving yourself a pat on the old back.
You can print your own free Pantry Price List along with dozens of other money-saving and time-saving printables for busy moms here.
If you are trying to save money on groceries, keeping up with your local store’s prices is the best way to start. The Pantry Price List allows you to keep everything on one convenient sheet. For more grocery saving information, check out my posts 16 Places to Print Valuable Coupons and 5 Grocery Rebate Apps to Download Today.
I hope you find this printable useful in your money saving efforts. If you use it for your shopping, I’d love to hear about it.