Call me anal. Call me organized. Call me someone who wants to get in and out of the grocery store in the shortest possible time…
Several years ago I spent 20 minutes in my grocery store writing down which aisle all my “regular” items were contained. Later I went through my receipts and listed their normal selling prices.
Here is a screen shot of my list:
Since I know that my store has the lowest regular prices of any other major grocery store in the region (yeah Winco!), this system makes it extremely easy to price compare to the other store’s weekly sale fliers that arrive in the paper. I go to other stores for their loss leaders, and my store for everything else. I can also guesstimate what my total grocery bill will be before even stepping foot into the store (although usually Professor X does the shopping– happy dance! happy dance! )
Here is a magnification of part of the list: