If you want to ensure that you get the best prices on groceries try this free Grocery Price Tracker Sheet that we’ve developed.
We first started using a Price Tracker Sheet when we were learning our prices (we got the idea from Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette newsletter and modified it for us).
It’s a great tool to track prices between stores and price increases over time. Use one page for each item you want to track. You can fill in prices from the grocery ads or as you walk the aisles of the store.
When you see a low price you’ll know it’s time to stock up and save!
you’ll receive three different file types:
We’ve created this form in three formats:
– MS Word .doc (can be converted to Google Docs)
– MS Excel .xls (can be converted to Google Docs)
Just share your email address with us and we’ll send the forms to you via email right away.
The use of this Price Tracker Sheet is described in more detail in our book, Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family.
Tips for Using Price Tracker Sheets
In this list, you will find useful tips to help you track grocery prices and save money on your purchases.
- Take your Price Book to the store with you for 3 or 4 months to gather prices
- Check ads, websites, and apps for grocery prices.
- Use a pencil to track changing prices.
- Focus on tracking basics, not everything.
- Start small by tracking 3-5 commonly purchased items.
- Keep an eye on unit prices to catch “shrinkflation.”
Question – How To Establish a “Buy Price”
You mention using a price book to help you establish a “buy price.” Can you describe how you set up a price book? I am good at clipping and using coupons, but I have a horrible memory when it comes to remembering prices on everyday items.
Answer – Establish a “Buy Price” with a Price Tracker Sheet
Annette set up her price tracking book using an old binder and loose-leaf paper. She arranged it alphabetically, allowing one page for each of the items we most commonly purchase, from applesauce to vinegar.
Initially, she filled it in whenever she went shopping. She even sent Steve to a warehouse club to gather prices. Later, she updated it from the store ads she received each week.
Titled by item name, each page displays columns headed: date, store, brand, size, and price. Eventually, you’ll discover that some items are less expensive at specialty, dollar, or discount stores than at grocery stores.
Watch your confidence level soar as you become less of a consumer and more of a commodities broker — knowing when a price is great, and buying enough to feed your family for months.
After you’ve tried the Price Tracker Sheet, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page and tell us if it helped you save any money.