So I love to brag – even though I know I shouldn’t. But I weirdly love to brag in a SUPER specific area – finding insane deals. A former colleague used to beg me to stop bragging about how cheap my clothes were (but I just chalked that up to jealousy that she wasn’t wearing a Banana Republic jacket that was basically brand new and $11 at Value Village). Just this week, someone left a group chat that I was in because I shared a bonkers deal on cauliflower. (#sorrynotsorrymatt)
Anyway, the joy of coming home and saying to Blake “I got cauliflower at Longo’s for $1.99!” quickly fades when he says, “Okay but how much is it normally?” Bless his heart, Blake has zero clue how much things cost so it really takes the wind out of my frugal sails. (I bet there was a way I could get a sails/sales pun in there but Wolfie is sick and I am just not there…)
Isn’t that our problem though? We see something advertised on sale and are like “yes please!”, buy it when we don’t actually need it and the reality is that maybe we are saving $0.15.
Hence – the price book. What’s that, you may ask? It’s literally a book with prices in it so you can compare.
Here’s how it works:
- Get an address book at the dollar store.
- Instead of addresses, fill out prices when you’re shopping. For example,I’ve included the price, price per liter and the date. So when I see Milk on sale, I can know if it’s a deal. Or if I see smaller amounts of milk that are discounted, I can calculate the new price per liter and know if it’s a better deal.
- I also keep coupons clipped to the front so I have everything together.