Laminate the Grocery List by Aisle document and put it on the fridge. This way the whole family can add items as they are needed. Tip: Use a Visa-Vis marker so your list won’t smudge. I use this list every week and it will get you in and out of the store in record speed!
Advanced Couponers Tip: During special promotions like “triples” and “super doubles” you may find deals from from multiple websites. This is a great tool to combine those lists in one place. Generally during these promotions you’ll plan multiple trips to the store because of coupon limits per day. Print this list (instead of the laminated version) so you can use a highlighter. Then, highlight the items you plan to get on your first trip in yellow, the items for your second trip in green, and so on.
When you’re new to couponing it’s hard to know if something is a good deal. Is the coupon worth using? The key to saving big money (and eventually building a stockpile) is to buy items at their rock bottom price. But, how do you know?
While buying generic brand items, shopping at WalMart, or buying in bulk at a Costco-type store may bring you minimal savings it is not the way to slash your grocery budget in half! I’m on a $60 per week food and toiletry budget because I MATCH COUPONS WITH SALE ITEMS. For the items that rarely have coupons, like produce and meat, I know the lowest price and stock up when they’re on sale (such as BOGO).
For the past two years I’ve kept a running list on my Price Grid of items at their rock bottom price. I’ve compiled all that information into a Buy It Now list for you!
A few things to note:
- Some items have a price range. The low price is with a coupon. For example, “Ketchup $.40-$.99″. Your goal should be to get ketchup for $.40 (probably matching a coupon with a sale), but you should never pay more than $.99 for that item.
- Produce prices vary by seasons. I will periodically update this list, but aim to stay within these prices.
- Some items are per pound (lb), per ounce (oz), per bag, etc. This makes it easier for you to compare prices while shopping.
- I do not include toiletry items such as toothpaste, deodorant, razors, etc. You should get these products Free- $0.25 each when shopping with drugstore rewards programs. Not sure how that works? Check out my Class Info page to set up a Drugstore Savings Workshop.
Buy It Now list with prices (southeast area):
Buy It Now list without prices. Use the blank box to fill in your own price OR use it as a shopping list and check off the items as you need them.
Families tend to buy the same items over and over again (grapes are a staple our house!). In order to slash your budget you must know when things are at their lowest price. Use the Price Grid to easily track the price of your high frequency items.
The easiest way to use this tool is: when you get home from the grocery store log the items from your receipt onto the Price Grid. After a couple weeks you’ll soon discover the lowest price for an item. Sales run on a 6 to 8 week cycle so when an item hits it “rock bottom” price STOCK UP!