A New Project..

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

So... I've finally started a new project that I've had in the back of my mind since I arrived here in London. I've started a grocery book!
It's not so much a book as it is a spreadsheet, but still. Here's how it works:

I've got a spread sheet set up with the following categories: Date, Store, Brand, Total Cost, Cost per unit (gram, egg, etc), and if it was on sale. I've only barely started, but here's a glimpse of my 'soup' category:

As of yet its not a perfect science. For each type of food, I have a seperate page, which will eventually get very very full. But, I am looking forward to finally knowing what a 'good' price is for food.

I can never remember what a good price is when I go shopping and buy things, especially in bulk. Sometimes I worry that when stores put things on sale (eg. 2 jars of pasta sauce for a fiver), and I'm just getting ripped off since the original price could've only been 2.40 each. You know? And here I am stocking up since I think its on sale. I need to be a more educated consumer, especially when it comes to food, since my food consumption uses up about 33% of my non-rent spending. That's a lot of money to be spending irresponsably.
I'm doing a big grocery store shop tomorrow so hopefully I will get the chance to add to it a little bit more extensively. Hopefully within a month or two I will have a really good idea of what is and isn't a good deal when I go grocery shopping. Woo hoo!


JW said...

Is that Southfields Food & Wine in Southfield Michigan?

Leanna said...

Heh it isn't, actually. That would be Southfields in the borough of Wandsworth, London. :)