I get a lot of questions about what my personal buy prices are for specific items. Some people (that are more organized than I am) actually have little books that they keep track of prices in. Then they know exactly what the lowest price is on specific items. Usually I just have prices in my head. I don’t like to share my prices because I really think buy prices vary so much according to your specific situation. For example, my buy price for 32 oz loaves of cheese is $5.00. That is pretty much the lowest it gets around here and I actually make a trip to Costco to get that price. In this week’s Safeway ad, they have 32 oz loaves of cheese for $3.99 in the Northwest. So clearly the buy price there would be much lower.
I think the prices change as well according to your needs. I have 2 girls in diapers- so my buy price for Jumbo packs used to be $4. That was managable when I just had one kiddo to worry about. Now that I have two in diapers I raised the price to $6.00 since I need to find double the deals. It also depends on your time. If you simply don’t have the time to visit more than one store a week than your prices might be a little bit higher than other people.
So I don’t think it is neccessary to focus on every single item you buy. But you might take a look at the items you consisently buy (like diapers) and try to determine what a great price is in your area. Also, I am a vegetarian so we don’t get very fancy around here with proteins. I asked my friend Shannon to share her prices for meats. This was actually great information for me as well. Since proteins are a huge part of your weekly budget- this can easily help shave some money off your weekly budget by trying to stick to the prices she has outlined for us.
- 93% Lean Ground Beef $2.25/lb
- 80% Ground Beef $1.59/lb
- Ground Chuck $1.99/lb
- London Broil $1.99/lb
- Rump Roast $2.99/lb
- Pot Roast $2.29/lb
- Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb
- Whole Chickens $.89/lb
- Chicken Quarters $.79/lb
- Split Chicken Breast $.99/lb
- Chicken Thighs/Drumsticks $.79/lb
- Porkchops (boneless) $1.99
- Pork Tenderloin $2.99
- Pork Butt $1.49
- Pork Cased Sausage $1.19
- Porkchops (bone in) $1.59
So thanks to For the Mommas for creating this list. I am actually going to print this out and keep in in my coupon pouch so I know when I am getting a good deal!