Saturday, 5 October 2013
It's an old pantry where I get to play shop.
Being a kept woman and a student I make every penny Brent brings home work - in fact it has turned into a hobby or way of living which I don't think I'll ever stop doing. .I see it as a game to see how much I can save. Being thrifty/frugal/wise with the family income means you can spend it on things you want to like quilting fabric, garden items or items for the old pick up truck.
It also means we eat well.
Over the years I've kept price books - so I pretty much know the supermarket prices, there is lots of ways to keep a price book - just google and you will come up with lots of wonderful ideas.
My method is with two books that I have put the tabs into roughly the same layout as a local supermarket
Tab 1 - fruit, vege, meat
Tab 2 Deli & eggs
Tab 3 Drinks, cereal, flour, baking, spreads
Tab 4 Tea, coffee, tinned fruit, sauces, oils.
Tab 5 rice, pasta, dried fruit
Tab 6 laundry, pet food
Tab 6 Beer, bread, tinned food, lentils, dried beans
Tab 7 Paper goods, frozen food.
To start your own price book hunt in the bottom of your handbag for past receipts and grab a couple of supermarket flyers, a cuppa, and a nice place in the sun and start entering any items you would usually buy. It doesn't take long for you to see what products you buy and how often. The fun part comes when you see how much a product can vary in price. Dish washing powder I've noticed can be as little as $7.98 - $11.39 for one 2kg of Finish that's a difference of $3.41 for one item.
It doesn't take very long before you start to know a price. Soon you will spot a rock bottom deal at the supermarket and when one comes along buy extra. This week Watties (I'm a brand snob due to food allergies but if your not you can get even better savings) - pasta sauce is on sale for 98c it usually is $2.39 a saving of $1.41 with a limit of 6 tins per customer - that's a saving of $8.46 and if you and the kids also buy 6 tins each the saving becomes $25.38.
Before long you too will start shopping from your very own dairy.
I'll admit this is the first time I've ever tried to collect stickers - but their cutlery they are offering are really rather stunning..
I hope I've inspired you to think about, or better still begin making a price book and start stocking your very own dairy at your place too.
Often a weekly budget can be tight - and I know the thought of stock piling can be daunting - but start slow - try and find $10.00 from your grocery budget to begin - sell some items on trade me to give you a bit extra to fund your beginning budget -( I love Trade me that's how I saved up for my bike by selling items on trade me.).
It doesn't take long before you change the whole way you grocery shop, instead of buying food to eat each week you will be buying food to restock your own dairy and you will find your grocery budget goes a lot further.