As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional baby steps are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home. We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!
As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:
See the full list of baby steps HERE.
Today’s challenge is to help in the area of frugality again and this one is going into a home binder that we will be sharing with you in a few days, so print it and get started on filling it in and then you can store it in this binder coming up!
Be Intentional Baby Step #22:
Create Your Regular Shopping List with Price Comparisons
What is a Price Comparison Shopping list?
This is a free download and you print as many as you need. Then as you are shopping over the next few months, slowly fill this out to show what the regular price is of the items you buy on a normal basis. This will help you to monitor sales prices that are posted in our grocery shopping section to compare with the regular price to help you determine when it is a good time to stock-up on that item!
The point of this is to know your price point to help save you money and become a savvy and wise grocery shopper. The cool thing is, this will help you to save loads of money, whether or not you use coupons!
This might seem overwhelming at first, but I am going to tell you that you do not need to have it all filled out today. The challenge is to print it off and get it in your home binder and fill-it out as time goes on. I personally find that I could not do something like this just sitting down at one sitting. I forget and don’t realize just all of the foods we have on our normal “non-coupon” shopping list. These are items I pretty much buy when we are out regardless of whether there is a coupon and sale attached with it.
Why It’s Important to Complete the Price Comparison List
This list is vitally important as you can then use this list to help you:
- form future recipes
- keep your pantry stocked with a several month supply
- keep inventory
- This is the FIRST step in our “4 Tricks of the Trade” to save 60-70% on your groceries, household and personal care each week.
- most of all, track prices so that when your family’s “normal” item goes on sale somewhere, you can nab it for the lowest prices!
I find that this list is often built when I run out of a regular use item. Just keep it handy and then begin to fill-it out. It is designed to list a comparison price for up to three stores for each item. In addition, you can create the store abbreviation legend in the bottom section in case you forget or one of your family member’s uses the list one day!
Here’s some examples for the legend on my list: WM = Walmart, KR = Kroger, TG = Target, etc.
In the end, this is going to be a very useful tool, so just get it printed and started and handy to continue to work on! You will be thankful that you have it!
|<== Download your printable Shopping List and Prices Comparison Form HERE|
One final thing….. we also have a Facebook Group where you can engage in discussions, receive encouragement and talk to others that are participating in the challenges too for more ideas! Head to the Be Intentional with The Thrifty Couple Facebook Page HERE and ask to join us there! You can also invite friends and spouses too!