Figuring out the best deals and rock bottom prices might be a little bit overwhelming if you’re new to couponing. The key to saving as much as possible on your groceries and household items is buying things when they are at their absolute lowest price, and stocking up until the next time it hits that price. You want to be sure you are getting the best bang for your buck on every purchase, but trying to remember the rock bottom price for everything off the top of your head is nearly impossible. I’m going to show you how you can figure out the best price so you know when it’s time to stockpile.
How to Create a Rock Bottom Price List
Make a list of all the stores you plan on shopping at
This is a key first step to creating your rock bottom price sheet. We all have limited time in our days, and most of us don’t have hours to spend tracking the prices of 5-10 different stores in our area. Focus on just the stores you frequently shop, or ones you are willing to go to in order to get the best price. Then, rank them in the order based on which store you shop at the most.
My store list looks a little like this:
- Harris Teeter
Decide which items you want to stock up on
You want to make sure you are only stockpiling items you will use before their expiration date. Make a list of all the items your family regularly buys, and know which out of these items can be stockpiled.
Here are some of the things on our stock up list:
- Peanut Butter
- Lunch Snacks (granola bars, etc.)
- Cake Mix
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Toilet Paper
- Dishwasher Detergent
- Laundry Detergent
- Trash Bags
- Shampoo and Conditioner
It’s important to note all of these items have very long (or unlimited) shelf lives. You don’t want to get caught with an expired stockpile! After you have made your list, it’s time to start tracking the prices on these items.
Track the price of your stockpile items
Most items run on a three to six week cycle. However, some items are in abundance during certain times of the year, which can help drive down the price. For example, soups and broths are usually more expensive during the warmer months and cheaper during the colder months. I would suggest writing down the prices for these items for at least six weeks to find out when it will reach it’s lowest price. Be sure to keep in mind the prices with AND without coupons. While some coupons are in abundance, such as toilet paper coupons, others may not come as frequently.
Here is a Rock Bottom Price List (before and after coupons) to help you keep track of your rock bottom prices
Refine your list as you go, and keep your eye out for items as they fall to their lowest prices. When they do, stock up! The idea behind creating this price list is so you’ll know what to stock up on, but you’ll only benefit from this list if you actually stockpile. When you find a good deal on an item your family uses regularly, you should aim to purchase the amount your family would use in a two to three month period. This will help keep your stockpile from taking over your home. However your needs may vary, you should buy enough to last until that particular item goes on sale again.