Target Prices

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?

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Comments

  1. says

    The last time I bought diced tomoatoes I got them for 50 cents (or maybe 54 or so) a can.

    I rarely buy canned beans, but the tuna makes me mad, too. I almost never buy it because who wants to spend a buck for a can of tuna? I get in in the case lot for around 40 cents a can when they have that sale.

  2. says

    Oh, I know….tuna! What’s up with that? Seriously, over a dollar a can at regular price!! Please pass along the info if/when there are caselot sales on it!

    I buy lots of canned beans when they on sale at Fred Meyer. I use them a lot in soups. Same with canned tomatoes…thanks for the tip at Safeway on them!

    my email was lost? Drat. You ARE invited to my blog, right? I’ll email you and we can get it sorted out.

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