Keeping track of the items you purchase will help you identify the stores’ sale cycles and the best time to buy groceries. This list will take a short time to develop with products that you routinely purchase. Once you identify the best price range and the sale cycles, this will allow you to purchase products at rock bottom prices.

Use a notebook to keep records. On top of the page, list the item purchased. Then on the first line add the date, store, product and price per pound or unit. Every time you purchase the item, list it on the same page, on the next line. Over several months, you will see a predictable sale cycle and identify the best prices to stock your pantry.

A couponer’s stock-up price list provides a record of the lowest purchase price located. Use the stock-up price list as a tool in conjunction with coupons to reduce your prices further.

Remember, as you save money with couponing, make sure you take advantage of your savings with the 52-week money saving plan.

This is the second week of the year, concurrently; you would place $2 into your savings program. This would leave a new savings balance of $3 toward your year-end goal of $1,378.

Food City

Two-Day sale for Friday and Saturday

Land O’Frost Lunch Meat $2.99

Keebler Sandwich Crackers $1.49

Large Eggs 99 cents per dozen

Butter Food Club $2.49

Campbell’s Chunky Soup 99 cents

Pork Loin boneless $1.49 pound

Nabisco Tray Pack Snacks 12 count $3.99

Smart Source 01-07 $1

Final Price: $2.99

ALDI

Chicken Drumsticks 69 cents

Cara Cara Oranges $2.49

3 pound bag

Food Lion

Lance crackers $4/2

Smart Source 01-07 $1/2

Final Price: $1.50 each

Splenda Sweetener Natural packets $3.79

Smart Source 01-07 $2

Final Price: $1.79

Luvs Jumbo Pack Diapers $6.99

Procter & Gamble $2

Final Price: $4.99

Head & Shoulders $5.99

Procter & Gamble $2

Final Price: $3.99

Olay Body Wash $4.99

Procter & Gamble $1

Final Price: $3.99

Secret or Old Spice $3.99

Procter & Gamble $1

Final Price: $2.99

Gillette or Venus Disposable Razors $5.99

Procter & Gamble $3

Final Price: $2.99

Olay Facial Cleansing Cloths $6.99

Procter & Gamble $1

Final Price: $5.99

Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee $5.99

Buy two and use Red Plum 01-07 $1.50/2

Final Price: $5.24

Then receive a free Food Lion Non-Dairy Creamer

Kroger

Progresso Soup 99 cents

Must buy 8 then use Smart Source 01-07 50 cents/2

Final Price: 74 cents each

General Mills Cereal $1.88

Smart Source 01-07 75 cents/2

Final Price: $1.50 each

Walgreens

Transaction 1

Black Forest Gummies $1.99

After payment, receive $1.99 back in register rewards

That can be used in the transaction below

Transaction 2

Schick Razors $5.99

Must spend $20 before coupons

Buy four and four coupons

Smart Source 01-07 $4

Sub Total $23.96

Minus $16 in coupons

Final Price: $7.96 equals $1.99 each

Then receive 5,000 points on the Walgreen Card, which equals $5

Dimetapp/Robitussin/Advil at $5.99

Must spend $25 before coupons

Use five $3 off coupons from Red Plum 01-07 $3

Sub Total $29.95

Minus $15 in coupons

Final Price: $7.96 equals $2.99 each

Then receive 5,000 points on the Walgreen Card, which equals $5

General Mills Cereal $4/2

Smart Source 01-07 75 cents/2

Final Price: $1.63 each

Centrum Vitamins $6.99

Red Plum 01-07 $4

Final Price: $2.99

Hildred Lewis is a bargain hunter and purchaser. Visit her online at www.facebook.com/hildredcoupons.easily.

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