I think the biggest part of bargain grocery shopping is knowing your target prices. Yes, it’s amazing when you get products for AMAZING prices, but let’s face it — that’s not going to happen every week. Sometimes, there are products that I only buy once a year. Hence, the target prices change between now and then.
For instance, canned diced tomatoes are on sale this week for 77 cents (weekend only at Safeway). Now, these are a GREAT addition to your food storage. They last a fair amount of time (no, not 30 years but they do last for a while). I don’t think, at this price, it’s worth doing a year’s worth but how great of a price is it really? So what do I do?
1. I email some friends to get their opinion. It’s always great to have a network of friends around you who also share a mind that remembers prices.
2. I check my stock. If I already have 20 cans of diced tomatoes, do I need any more? Probably not at this price.
3. I take stock of the other things I’m going to buy this week. Will I have enough money to really stock up on the tomatoes? Frankly, I haven’t gotten through these steps yet, so I don’t know. There is a coupon out there for hunts tomatoes, so at least I’ll be buying 6 of them — because I know that tomatoes for 44 cents is a smokin‘ deal.
Other things I’m quandering on this week. Tuna (for 79 cents), they also have beans for 77 cents (anyone seeing a trend here). I know that’s not a smokin‘ price on beans, but we’re kind of low. Although, I’d love to get more into dried beans then canned beans… you know, if all things were possible. Tuna is a mystery to me. I used to always get it for less then 50 cents. I miss those days.
In other news, a lot of my friends blogs have gone private and I’m realizing I miss them. If you’ve gone private will you invite me? Oh, and Allison, why don’t I have your email address. Drat my new computer and the loss of all my info. I also have a little cold. I miss my zicam. Oh, you lovely zinc — why can’t you be nicer to fetuses?