21
Sep
09

PriceBook

We’re officially moved up to Spokane now and today is Andrew’s first day in school up here. I made the mistake earlier today of saying that today was his first day of school in 4 1/2 years, but then I remembered that 5 weeks ago he was in Seattle doing school. How could I forget that he was in Seattle? Probably the same way I could neglect to post anything here or on our family blog for the past month or so – we’ve been so busy! We moved 2 weeks ago and have been busy getting settled in and figuring out all the local places to go. B has been busy getting herself potty trained too, which has been fantastic. She’s late in getting it done, but it’s gone very quickly and very well and we’re pretty sure that the diapers can all be boxed up and put away for when Eva needs them now. Busy but exciting times in the Becker house!

Figuring out where to shop has been fun. There are many more shopping opportunities up here which calls for – and allows for – better management of our resources (especially when those resources are loaned to us by the government in the form of student loans…). I borrowed my mom’s copies of the Tightwad Gazette (books 1, 2, and 3) for some super money saving tips. One of Amy’s biggest tips for saving money on your groceries is to keep a price book that records the prices for all your staples at the different stores so that you can know when you’re getting a great deal. It’s especially useful when you go places like Costco and are wondering if that 10 lb bag of chocolate chips is a good deal or not.

But keeping a hand written price book organized can be a chore, and it’s just one extra thing to tote around. Andrew had to buy an iPod touch for school, so I got to thinking that there must be an application out there somewhere for the iPod that would work as a price book. After a few minutes of searching I found PriceBook, which is exactly what the name suggests. You put in the food item, the price, the quantity (lbs, oz, pints, each, etc), the store you found it at, and whether it was on sale or not. Then this handy dandy little app keeps track of what’s the best deal and where it is (and it turns out that the big bag of chocolate chips at Costco is cheaper than the bulk chocolate chips at WinCo, not to mention that they don’t turn the glaze on my chocolate pecan torte all grainy like the WinCo ones do). So if you love the thrill of hunting for the best deals around and happen to have an iPod or iPhone, I highly recommend spending the $1.99 on this schnazzy app. I’m betting it will pay for itself in your first shopping trip (probably even in the first 5 minutes!).

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4 Responses to “PriceBook”


  1. 1 disclaimergirl
    September 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hi there — I’ve enjoyed reading your blog from time to time. I just wanted to thank you for this tip! I recently started doing this very thing within the Grocery IQ app on my iPhone, (just jotting the price down under “notes”) but this app sounds WAY more efficient! I will check it out. Cheers, Disclaimer Girl

  2. September 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Disclaimer Girl – I tried one of the free apps for this purpose and it wasn’t cutting it, so I purchased PriceBook. I don’t remember if it was the Grocery IQ app, but that sounds familiar! The thing I love about this app specifically is that it does all the math for you and presents the per ounce price right up front so it’s very quick and easy to see where the best deal is. Glad to hear it was helpful! I’m setting off on my first “PriceBooked” expedition today! (I put in what I paid for everything from my last big shopping trip, now I’m off to compare!)

  3. 3 disclaimergirl
    September 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Betsey — Grocery IQ is the app I use for my grocery list ($1.99) and I really love it; however, it doesn’t have the price comparison feature. I have entered a few things into Pricebook so far and am looking forward to being a bit more frugal. Err, frugal, period. I’ve not been so frugal ever, but I do aspire . . .

  4. 4 disclaimergirl
    September 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Oops — I meant “Betsy.” Sorry about that!


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