For the past several years now we’ve really been trying to eat healthier – buy organic, avoid msg, avoid high fructose, avoid GMO’s, etc. Since we’ve been doing more shopping at Dierbergs and Whole Foods I have to really work hard to save a penny. Every time I went to a store I found myself trying to remember what prices were at other stores for particular items. I hate to over pay! I decided I needed to make a list of items I purchase often and the list the prices at each particular store so I can compare them and know where to shop for the best deals. I can also use it when planning my shopping list and compare it to prices in sales flyers. I had this small binder that I found at a garage sale that would be easier to carry since it’s only 6x8 inches. It will be easy to add to as I think of items I’ve missed since it’s a 3-ring binder.
I created a table for each category (baking, snacks, dairy, fruits & veggies, treats, breakfast, drinks). Along the top I listed the stores I shop at (Dierbergs, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Costco, Shop N Save, Target) and along the left side I listed the items. For example I listed butter, chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, vanilla, baking powder, coconut oil, and olive oil under baking.
The Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen List. This is a great resource to know what organic produce you should purchase to avoid the most heavily contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals. To avoid genetically modified food use this Non-GMO Shopping Guide.
Now I just need to remember to bring it with me so I can start filling it out!
How do you save money on groceries?