Update 10/7/12: This list is no longer being maintained. Instead, we have switched to using the everyday prices at Aldi as a guide for to-beat prices when sales are combined with coupons. We update Aldi’s price list twice yearly and post it each week in the current Aldi shopping list.
A key to saving at the grocery store is the ability to spot a good deal. But you can’t trust the weekly sales flyer to do it for you. Grocery stores often advertise items as being on sale when they really aren’t, and some sales are better than others. You have to know what a really good sale price is because that’s when you want to stock up.
If you know the rock-bottom prices for items that you regularly buy, you’ll be able to walk through the grocery store or scan a weekly sales flyer and know at a glance whether something is really a deal or is just being advertised as one.
I help you with that through Pocket Your Dollars’ weekly shopping lists, but sometimes there are items you need to buy that don’t make the list. What is a good price for those?
Let’s work together to compile a robust library of the maximum price we will pay for household and grocery products. Maximum price is calculated after sales and coupons. Note that your rock-bottom prices might differ depending on your brand loyalty and frequency with which you need to purchase these items.
Your turn: Where do you agree or disagree with this list? What should we add to it?
Fruit (except bananas). $1/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast. $1.99/lb
Ground Beef (93% lean). $2.20/lb
Ground Turkey (97% lean). $1.87/lb
Ground Turkey (80% lean). $1.00/lb
Sirloin Steak. $3.99/lb
Whole Turkey Breast. $.99/lb
Cheese. $1.25 for 8 ounces
Sour Cream. $.99 for 16 ounces
Yogurt (multi-pack). $1 (but I aim for free)
Yogurt (single cup). $.20/individual cup
Cookie Dough. $.50
English Muffins. $1.99
Frozen Entrées (Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones). $1
Frozen Pizza. $2
Frozen Vegetables. $1 (but I aim for free)
Premium Ice Cream. $2 for 1.5 quarts
Boxed Cereal. $1/box (but I aim for free)
Bread (we eat more expensive whole grain breads). $2.00/loaf
Cake Mixes/Frosting. $1 (but I aim for free)
Canned Soup. Free
Granola Bars. $.50/box
Hamburger Helper. $.50
Peanut Butter. $1/jar
Pop. $2 for 12 pack.
Salad Dressing. $.50
Snack Mix (Chex Mix, Cheerios Mix, etc.). $.25/bag
Spaghetti Sauce. $1.00/jar
Air Fresheners. Free
Aluminum Foil. Free
Dish Soap. $.50
Laundry Detergent. $1.50/bottle (50+ loads)
Paper Plates/Cups. $.25/package
Toilet Paper. $.25/double roll
Body Wash/Soap. Free
Disposable Razors. $.25 each
Feminine Products. Free
Hair Stylers (hairspray, mousse, etc.). $1
Makeup. $1 (but I aim for free)
Shampoo/Conditioner. $1 (but I aim for free)