How to Create Your Own Grocery Price Book
If you’re looking for a way to keep up with sales, pricing and rotation at stores there is an easy way to do all of that… a grocery price book!
What is a price book?
It’s simple. It’s a book you keep with sales,discounts,etc. for different products at different stores. So when you see a sale for let’s say… BBQ Sauce you can check your price book to see if that sale price is actually a good stock up price by comparing it to past sales. And you can also see after about a year when BBQ Sauce tends to go on sale during the year so you know when to stock up!
This is an awesome way to help keep your own shopping in check and even be able to compare pricing between different stores for regular priced items to see who really is the discount store.
Also See: How To Organize A Coupon Binder
How do you manage a price book?
Managing a price book is actually a lot easier than you may think! No, you do not have to go through every aisle of every store you shop at and write down every single price. That would take forever, trust me, i’ve done it.
The best way to keep up with a price book is going off your receipts and store ads. Every week you can write down the sale prices you see in the Ads for certain products that you regularly buy or products you would consider buying if the price is right. You can also write down the pricing off your receipts when you get home from shopping.
Now you will not have to do this forever, in fact within’ a couple of months you should have a decent price list going and you won’t have to write down so much! All you may have to do is write down the sale price for that week next to the item.
How do you create a price book?
When I was looking to start one for myself a few months back I searched and searched for something showing me the best way to do one and I was surprised that I couldn’t find anything that actually showed you physically how to do it. So I have been testing different methods myself and since I like to be organized and I am very anal about how organized I am, I came up with a great method to get one going.
First off you will need the template for your price book. I have created a price book template for you to download and print to add to your book. Everything is laid out for you all you have to do is print! Easy right?
Now that you have your template you need to figure out the best way to organize your products. And I found an awesome shopping list that has everything laid out for you, you can print The Ultimate Grocery List to find every category and item you may need for your book.
So where do you go from here? You have the template (you will need more than one, I suggest one page per product type) and you have the product list… now what?
You can either use a 3 ring binder or something else to hold all these papers in, how you organize these is up to you. I would suggest a binder with dividers for each section on the grocery list.
Here’s an image of one of mine :
Separate a section for Condiments/Sauces in your binder. in that section you will place a template for BBQ Sauce, one for Gravy, one for Hot Sauce, one for Jam/Jelly, etc etc etc.
After a short time you will have a complete book full of prices at all the stores you shop at so you can easily reference and see if a sale is really a good sale or if it will rotate every so many months so you know how much to stock up on!
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