Sunday, February 13, 2011
Putting Together My Menu
I rarely shop at Dahl's because I find them over priced. I have been to Trader Joe's a few times but it is a little out of my way. I don't have a Sam's Club membership, but my mom made me a second on her Costco membership so I get in there for free. I find the best deals are when they have their coupons.
I am trying to keep a price list going by Shoppee, an application on my i-touch. You log prices by store and then by category. Then you can log the item name, item price, units/item, units, and notes. It is easiest to keep the item name broad like eggs instead of large grade A eggs. Then you can write this part in the notes, and I also include if this is a sale item, if I used a coupon, and the date I was in the store. After you log these prices in, you can push the shop button and it will show you buy category and item name where you found the best deal.
I think if I start keeping track of exactly what I buy over a month's period of time, it would help me to be able to buy things a month in advance. The less shopping trips, the less gas you use, the less impulsive buys, and the more you might make use of something out of your pantry/freezer. I could also buy things at Costco for a month in advance. I try to shop there only once a month so I don't overload on bulk purchases. As always, saving money is a work in progress.