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My Price Book

November 13th, 2007 at 11:42 pm

I decided that I should work on my price book. Last time I updated it was over 6 months ago. Since then, it feels like the price of groceries has increased and I've been spending more money at the checkout.

I love the price book because it makes me much more aware of the actual cost of things. I have been surprised many times to find that what I thought was a decent deal was really no deal at all.

The only problem with grocery pricing (beside the actual high price of groceries!) is that Wal-mart changes their sticker price often. It won't even be advertised as a "Rollback" but the price on the shelf varies. For example, great value all purpose flour is sometimes $1.06 for 5 lbs and sometimes it's $1.12. Granted a price book would help nonetheless, but one of the ideas behind it is that you become aware of pricing cycles. I don't think there is a cycle at Wal-mart.

I'd also like to join Sam's or Costco, but I just can't figure out whether I'd really save money there. I perused the shelves and took notes a few months ago and there is a savings for some of the items I buy, but can I justify the membership fee?

Any suggestions?

4 Responses to “My Price Book”

  1. baselle Says:

    We are trying to decide the same thing using the price book with our Costco card. About the only thing that is a great deal are AA/AAA batteries, toilet paper, and fizzy water. Everything else - either not a fantastic deal to justify the membership fee or you get too much for just two people. I haven't updated my price book either - too depressing. I haven't seen a great deal in several months.

  2. homebody Says:

    We buy certain things at Costco. I also in a fit of OCDness one time made a list of personal care items including female stuff from the Sunday drug store ads and Costco was either the same price per item as the sale price or slightly cheaper, so we buy most personal care stuff there, eggs, half and half, dog food, toilet paper, batteries, DH's jeans/polo shirts, socks (he likes a kind I have only found at Costco), some meat, oh and our latest orange juice find, $2.50 a half gallon of Tropicanna, no pulp, calcium added, oh and coffee! Also the organic baby salad, tomatoes and occasionally other items like ink for our printer.

    Our YD lives in North Carolina and goes to Sam's Club, but there is no Costco there. It is just the two of them and they can also shop at the commissary, but they still shop at Sam's for some items.

    I need to do a price book too!

  3. katwoman Says:

    If you're not too sure on a membership why not offer to split one with a good friend or relative? This way 2 families can use one membership.

  4. fern Says:

    Yeah, my mother told me costco just increased their membership fee to $50. But if you split it with a friend or relative, it makes it much more doable. i used to keep a price book but it takes a lot of time to update it as prices change. Now i just shop the sales religiously and still try to use coupons.

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