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Starting a Price Book

December 27th, 2011 at 10:21 am

SavingAdvice.com forum post on price book.

I didn't think to take one of the little notebooks I gave to the school teaching staff last month, so I bought a recycled-paper small one to fit in a purse. The price book idea I read in The Complete Tightwad Gazette, but OrganizedHome.com also has a downloadable template.

YNAB v3.6.0.5, perhaps considered "faddish" by some, so far has kept me mindful. My Money Market Account (MMA) is $600 larger than it would have been if I weren't keeping track. We're not completely denying ourselves either: I bought nibbles for our board game sessions. I'll be shelling out $$ on NYE. My attention deficit disorder had me drafting and redrafting some asset allocation/spending plan schemes. With YNAB I can keep better track of my savings goals and where our money is going.

I also don't include my gold and silver amounts in YNAB because of their daily fluctuations, so I look more broke than I am.

Today I give blood.
My Price Book so far has entries for items we commonly buy from Costco, or find ourselves walking to yonder national chain every week to get.

Thinking I might not do a Target (TGT) Direct Purchase Plan, but rather put some cash in one of my stock accounts: the initial purchase fee in the DPP is equal to the commission the investment service applies, and I've had a number of free trades, so averaging the commission cost is lower.

The spouse of one of my alt.obituaries Dead Pool picks died: no points.

3 Responses to “Starting a Price Book”

  1. CCraw Says:

    I need to make/start a price book as well. I always say I'm going to and never do. I don't know why I always procrastinate when it comes to this. From what I've read they are fairly simple to make.

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Price books are easy. I think I never got around to it for fear of: a) some store staff tapping me on the shoulder and saying "if you're not here to shop, get out"; b) not knowing how much or how little to put in the book; c) apprehension about doing it all in one day; and d) not knowing the best way for me to structure the book. But there's no rule against me comparing prices when I'm already shopping in a store.

  3. baselle Says:

    I loved my price book when I did it and learned a lot. All my prices though are circa 2004, which really shows the inflation rate. That is really depressing.

    I thought I looked like a corporate spy when I put entries in my price book at the store. On the other hand, it is a free country, you can write things in a little book as you are shopping.

    Some tricks - at first, try to limit it to 20 or so items that you shop for all the time, but be expansive in the places that you shop - grocery stores, produce stands, Costco/Sam's Club/WalMart, drug stores. I was still a little surprised at finding that Walgreens had the best deal on a couple of food items. Costco usually did not. Final trick is to note the unit price - per pound, per ounce, can size, etc. The price book really highlights the rot-in-hell way that stores shrink items. Like the bottom punt on the plastic peanut butter jar carving out a couple of ounces so that the price remains the same.

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