Emilee Speaks: grocery store price list [menu planning]

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

grocery store price list [menu planning]

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I wanted to share with you my grocery store price list book.  I do 98% of my grocery shopping at Aldi.  They have the best prices in myyy town.  I don't coupon except for personal product items && cleaning items, so Aldi is the best choice for me.  

I created a price book by saving receipts and entering them into my book.  I separated it into categories, and list items in it accordingly.  This helps me stay on my grocery budget when menu planning && I always know how much I will be spending at the store.  

I used a little notebook that I purchased in a 3 pack from Wal-Mart.  I placed washi tape on the front && using a Sharpie I wrote "Aldi Price Book 2013".  Then I used self adhesive tabs on the pages to create categories.

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On the pages I just list the item and price.  Depending on the item or category I will also include size and/or weight.  

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My categories are:
  • meat
  • dairy
  • canned
  • produce
  • dry goods
  • bread
  • frozen
  • snacks
  • seasoning/sauces
  • condiments
  • misc. [because I also purchase my paper towels && ziplocs at Aldi]
And there ya have it!  An easy reference price book for grocery shopping.  I keep it tucked in the back of my FiloFax so that I always have it on me.  This way if I happen to be at a different store && see something on sale, I can quickly see if it's cheaper for me than at Aldi.  <333





23 comments:

  1. Found this on Pinterest! What a great idea! Thanks!!!

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  2. You're welcome! I hope you find it helpful!

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  3. That is a great organized way to shop! I will show my wife, since we are all over the place shopping

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  4. What a great idea to help with budgeting and planning. I have to try this... thanks :)

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  5. Wow that is such a great idea! I love shopping at Aldi's too.

    Michelle F.

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  6. This would probably help me tremendously when meal planning and trying to save. Thanks!

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  7. This is such a great idea and an awesome pre-grocery & shopping tool. I'm thinking that it's gonna help you to not buy more than what you really need. You can even ask your kids to help you with this and early on, they'll see the value of planning and budgeting. Good job.

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  8. Great idea! I am the worst at paying attention to whether or not something is a good price. if we want to eat it, I buy it. I am sure we would save a bundle if I started doing this. Thanks!

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  9. What a great idea! I always shop at Aldi's because no one in our area can beat their prices. I do have to go to the local grocery store to get more exotic things and sometimes I stop at Walmart to pick things up. I might do this and see how the other stores compare to Walmart even with coupons.

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  10. That's always my problem that I can't remember how much I usually pay for something when I'm in another store. Your technique is a great one.

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  11. Oh wow! You're a lot more organized than I ever could be. And you keep with you at all times? No way, great tips though, Thanks

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  12. This is really a great idea. I have been TERRIBLE about my budget and I am not much of a couponer- so this is great. I wish we had an Aldis here in AZ! I hear great things!

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  13. This is great! I've been doing this lately in excel. I keep track of all the prices, how often I buy them and I really plan my week's menu around store sales. It seems the best way to go.

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  14. Wow I wish I was as organized as you are I've tried but my price books end somewhere around the house with some crayon and hand paints art.I might give a try tho I like how you have them by categories

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  15. This is a great idea and I will definitely copy this idea. I want to be more organized when it comes to my grocery shopping.

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  16. That is a great idea. My weekly shopping bill always comes as a surprise for me and this would be a great plan for sticking to my shopping budget.

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  17. If you need to budget its a great idea. Thankfully in the UK we can compare really easily online, plus if you're instore and your shop would have been cheaper elsewhere, you get a coupon.

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  18. This is an awesome idea. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Thanks Emilee for sharing your shopping strategy. I agree having a good plan and being organized before you hit the supermarket, will save you lots of $$. Enjoy your day!! John

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  20. I go to Aldi too. I start my shopping there then go to Walmart and then to Kroger for what is left. Starting at the cheapest store and moving to the more expensive one last seems to save me money.

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  21. This is so handy to have around. I really need to make one. Thanks for the idea.

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  22. Great idea. I am guilty of not creating a shopping list or comparing prices. I know I overpay for many items. I really should create a book like yours. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I've never heard of Aldi. We use shopping lists all the time otherwise we always forget something!

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