Saturday, 1 September 2012

The Pricebook returns - can it help me pay down the mortgage?

Well as you know Evernote is now firmily in my life (see last post) and I can honestly say I love it and it's really got me organised!

This morning was the time to get back into my pricebook mode. This first year with baby has meant I lost my mojo on this sort of thing - tidyness, the blog, batch cooking, pricebook all went out the window pretty much. But no more!

How do I do it?

I have a notebook inside Evernote called 'Pricebook', and it's easily editable both on my pc and my phone. So when I am in the supermarket, I can edit prices, and it's all synched up with my pc.

Here is an example of the work I have done so far - some data is missing but I will fill that in next time I find that product:

Butter - Olive oil type £0.89p ALDI
Cheddar cheese 400g £2.39 / 5.98 per kg ALDI
Coffee (instant) - £       £0.72 per 100g / £7.20 per kg ALDI
Ginger (ground) 50g £0.50p / £10 per kg
Marmite £      £2 per kg ASDA
Mayo Squeezy 475g £0.89 / 1.80 per kg - ALDI
Nappies Size 4 (56) £0.10p each ALDI
Oregano fresh Mexican £3.50 per 100g / £35 per kg - Ebay
Peanut Butter (Special) £1.29 / £3.58 per kg - ALDI  
Rice basmati 5kg - £6 / £1.20 per kg  Amazon
Teabags x 440 £1.49 / £0.01or less each - Approved Foods
Tinned tomatoes 400g £0.31 / £0.78 per kg ALDI
Toilet paper x 9 rolls Saxon - 1.99 / £0.22p per roll - ALDI
Tomato concentrate puree 200g 0.35p / £1.75 per litre ALDI 
Toothpaste 75g - £0.20p / £2.67 per kg - Approved Foods
Washing conditioner 1500ml £0.99p / £0.66 per litre - Approved Foods
Washing liquid bio Time £0.75p / £1.02 per litre / £0.03 per wash - Approved Foods
Washing Powder Radon non bio 800g £0.99 / £1.24 per kg / £0.08 per wash - Approved Foods
Washing Up Liquid - Magnum - £1.00 per litre ALDI

So I'm really happy with how it's working for me so far. Much better than a piece of paper, or a notebook - this is virtual and I will not lose it because it's 'in the cloud'.

What products are on your list? What are your secret weapons to save money on shopping?

I can't wait to add more to my list, sad but true!  Would much rather be saving that cash for baby or putting it against our mortgage. In fact, that may well be a challenge to myself now we are at the start of the month!


~Carla~ said...

The only "secret" I have is to only buy real food. No processed foods..or at least as much as I can avoid it!

Robyn said...

We use "target prices" for things - Milk for example, the ideal is 25p a pint - so Tesco "Creamfields" or Lidl's 4 pint cartons fit the bill. Sainsburys - at the time of writing - don't. Cheese - i aim to get as close as possible to £2.50 for a 400g block of cheddar - usually achieved by buying two a time on a "2 for £5" deal.

SavingsNow said...

Hi Robyn, great tips there thank you! Aldi is def the cheapest place we can find milk so yes basically £0.50p a litre/ £0.25p per pint is a good way to look at it. Cheese I often buy when it's on offer, it makes me cringe that people would buy it at normal prices, because it's aaaaalways on offer anyway! I now know it can be frozen too which is great, though in our house it doesn't even last long enough to get frozen...