Last Fall when Dave and I sat down to reexamine our monthly expenses, food was what we spent the most on after rent. Living an organic, holistic and gluten free lifestyle doesn’t come cheap in our daily lives. Although I will add that this is an investment in our bodies and our future and so for us it’s worth every penny. Dave is in his 40′s and I am in my 30′s and we aren’t on one single prescription drug and we are rarely sick. I feel that both of those facts help with our healthy diet.
So how does one stay frugal and healthy? It’s an ongoing challenge. I have to shop smartly and I achieve this by using the Shoppee App. I know that many of you are Amy Dacyczyn fans and still remember her infamous Price Book. I myself had one up until this last year but I always found it tricky to use and cumbersome. Trying to juggle shopping with children and writing down prices and ounces was just plain difficult. Thankfully price books can now come in the form of an App. I researched for the best app on-line as well as looking at the apps themselves on my iphone.
Shoppee was the closest thing to Amy’s price book that I could find.
I now use it every time that I shop whether it is on-line at Amazon, at Costco, visiting the Grocery Outlet, ordering from Azure Standard or shopping in our local grocery store. Finding the lowest price is one of my key goals when buying food. Here’s a screen shot from the Shoppee App website. You are able to look at individual stores to see what items that you have purchased there, the size and for what price.
From this image you can see the price of milk per gallon. Both Aldi and Coscto are the same price while milk at Giant Eagle is the most expensive. When I am adding new items that I purchased under the individual store item, I’m able to type in information in the Notes field. I will often add that the price is a Sale price.
My favorite store in all of Sonoma County is a fabulous local company called Oliver’s Market. When something is on sale at Oliver’s it isn’t just 25¢ or 50¢ off but sometimes it’s as much as $4 off. A few times a year Oliver’s sells Napa Valley Organic Oliver Oil 25.4 ounces for $7.99. This is an amazing price. I’m able to go into Shoppee and see that most stores sell this size from at least $12 and more. This tells me to buy and stock up for at least 4 months.
This app can be useful for any size of food budget. The App is only $1.99.
This app is for anyone with an iPhone or the iPod touch. It should work on an iPad as well but it will be a small screen.
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