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It amazes us that nearly everyone we know can tell you exactly what the price of a gallon of gasoline today. It seems that we watch gas prices as they go on the weekly, sometimes daily, roller coaster ride.

Most American’s have no idea about the price of staple items we buy everyday. How do we know if an item put on sale is really a bargain, or is the store teasing us to get us in the door. If you may have noticed, food companies have already fooled many of us. We used to buy items in a standard one, two, or three pound package. Most companies are now packaging items the used to be a standard one pound into 12 ounce packages and charging the same price as the old one pound. Have you noticed that a five pound bag of sugar is getting hard to find—many are now packaging it in four pound bags. Grocers are becoming crafty in their quest for our dollars and are resulting in some mighty tricky deception techniques to fool the general population.

OK so let’s take a little pop quiz. Do you know exactly what you pay for your staple items today? Chances are you don’t know off the top of your head. Don’t be alarmed or ashamed, until recently we didn’t have a clue either. If the price of a can of diced tomatoes went up 3 cents, would you even notice?--Probably not.

Below is a list of basic staple items. Print this list out and without checking your receipts, write down your best guess as to the current price you are paying for each item described below. After you write this list, go to your local grocery store and write down the actual price of the product and see how you did. Now, take this list back home and write the current date of this list with the current prices. You now have a reference point to use for your future purchases. Use it to check for price increases and to determine if sales ads are really a bargain or not. You may not use some of the items on this list, but fill in the blanks anyway.

Fresh Carrots 1lb. __________ __________

Fresh Tomatoes 1lb __________ __________

Lettuce (head) __________ __________

Potatoes 10lb __________ __________

Onion 1 lb __________ __________

Wheat Bread 1lb __________ __________

White Bread 1 lb __________ __________

Mayonnaise 32oz __________ __________

Pinto Beans 1 lb __________ __________

White Beans 1lb __________ __________

Long Grain Rice 10lbs __________ __________

Macaroni 1lb __________ __________

Spaghetti noodles 1lb __________ __________

Instant Oats 42 oz __________ __________

All-purpose Flour 5lb __________ __________

Wheat Flour 5lb __________ __________

Diced tomatoes 15oz __________ __________

Baked beans 15oz __________ __________

Canned Corn 15oz __________ __________

Can chicken broth 15oz __________ __________

Chicken noodle soup 15oz __________ __________

Ranch salad dressing 26oz __________ __________

Table salt 26oz __________ __________

Granulated sugar 5lbs __________ __________

Honey 1lb __________ __________

Butter 1lb __________ __________

Cheddar cheese 1lb __________ __________

Fresh eggs 1dz __________ __________

Whole Milk 1gal __________ __________
2% white milk 1gal __________ __________

Skim Milk 1gal __________ __________

Whole Chicken 1lb __________ __________

Boneless chicken breast 1lb __________ __________

80% ground beef 1lb __________ __________

Bacon 1lb __________ __________

Frozen whole turkey 1lb __________ __________

Whole Ham 1lb __________ __________

Toothpaste 6oz __________ __________

Shampoo 18oz __________ __________

Toilet tissue 12 roll __________ __________

Bleach 1gal __________ __________

Dish Soap 32oz __________ __________

Although this is not a complete list of staple items, it will give you an item of current and future prices. As we approach the projected food increases of 2011, keep this list handy and check it often. We are presently working on a spreadsheet to help us track these items. If you would like us to e-mail you a copy of the spreadsheet, let us know.

When grocery shopping, we have found some basic rules being broken by all retailers. Here are a few other tips to consider when shopping for deals.

-- Bulk buying is not always best. Check the price per ounce/per pound on a variety of sizes. You may be surprised to see that the larger quantity is not always the best deal.

-- Check store brands verses name brands. Sometimes store brands may be pricier than the name brands. Double check packaging on like items.

-- Stores have a routine cycle for sales and prices may vary from week-to-week. Determine which items are truly on SALE.

-- Use coupons for ONLY those items you use. Don’t get sucked into buying something just because it is a deal.

Now get out there and be smart about spending your valuable grocery dollars.
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