I have just started couponing and price matching and am addicted. I read about keeping track of the best prices on items, so you know which items are a great deal and which store has the best price at any given time. Do you know of websites where I could find this information? For example, what the best price on boneless, skinless chicken breast is, so I can stock up. I heard grocery stores have great sales (every 3 months or so) and I don't want to buy the food if I know it is not the best price.
Asked by Liliane, London, ON
A price book is the best way to keep track of when items hit their lowest price. It might seem complicated or overwhelming at first, however just keep it simple.
Here are a few things to consider regarding price books:
Capture only the important information. Price, store, size/weight of the item, date and the brand.
Use a traditional notebook or excel spreadsheet to allow you to make changes.
Keep your receipts and use them as a guide to input the information needed to create a history.
Only keep track of the items you purchase regularly. If you don't buy Worcestershire sauce or sour cream, then don't add these items to your price book.
Over time, you will learn the best price of the items you purchase regularly within your area and will not even need to use a price book. When starting out, it's best to know what is the best price of any particular item to maximize savings. For this, you can always check GroceryAlerts.ca to view the best deals of the week at each grocery store across Canada.