Raising four children on one salary was often a challenge. I learned many ways to help stretch a dollar. Sometimes I would work part time or take care of other children in addition to our own in order to supplement our income. When I did work part time we would consider my salary as extra and not something that would be part of our budget.

One of the most important things I learned over the years was to make a price book. I am not the type to keep numbers in my head, so how was I to know if something was a good deal? The answer was keeping a price book.

A price book doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a way to keep track of prices. Each page contains prices for one item and the pages are in alphabetical order for easy reference. You might also have a code for various stores in the area, the brand, the size of the item and the unit price. You’ll be amazed what you can learn by writing down various prices, not every sale is always a sale! When you do find a good deal you can stock your pantry with confidence knowing that you are saving money. As you look through sale flyers with your price book, you will immediately be able to see what the good deals are. This may be the first step in getting control of your food budget.


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