What is a Good Buy Price for Pantry Items?

making dollars changes

The best way to save money at the grocery store is to be knowledgable in what a good price is. If you know what a good price is, you will know when to stock-up. Remember that just because the sign says sale, does not not mean that it is a good price. If you are just joining us, I have posted the good buy prices for Meat and for Dairy and Beverage items. When I get all of the prices gathered, I will make a master list for you all!

“Buy Price” for Pantry Items– Sometimes items will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. Prices listed are after coupons.

  • Canned or Pouch Tuna, FREE-$0.50
  • Condensed Soup, $0.50
  • Canned Tomatoes, $0.40-$0.50
  • Dry Pasta, Free-$0.75
  • Spaghetti Sauce, $1
  • Canned Vegetables, $0.40
  • Ketchup, $0.40 (summer stock-up item)
  • Mayonnaise, $1 (summer stock-up item)
  • Barbecue Sauce, $0.50 (summer stock-up item)
  • Mustard, FREE (summer stock-up item)
  • Salad Dressing, $0.50-$1
  • Crackers, $1-$1.50
  • Cereal, $1-$1.50 (There is a huge range for cereal, my buy price is $1)
  • Rice, FREE-$0.50
  • Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, Chef Boyardee), FREE-$0.49
  • Canned Beans, $0.50
  • Brownie or Cake Mix, FREE-$0.50
  • MuffinMix, FREE to $0.50

What are some items I missed? I would love to have a huge list at the end of these series! Give me some feedback of your “buy prices”!

Now it’s your turn!

If you are a blogger, write a post about your idea for making dollars out of change. It can be on any topic as long as it has to do with saving money. Please link directly to your post and not your homepage.

If you do not have a blog, we still welcome and encourage your participation! Please leave your thoughts in the in a comment below!

This post is linked at My Coupon Teacher.


  1. says

    Your prices are fairly close to mine. The ketchup has made me mad this year. I stocked up on sooo many bottles of FREE ketchup last summer that I didn’t have to buy it for 10 months! This year the going rate is $0.60 a bottle. I kept thinking better coupons than $0.20/1 would come out but they haven’t. Oh well, $0.60 is better than a $1.
    .-= Dana @ The Coupon Challenge´s last blog ..Getting Ready for Back-to-School =-.

    • Madame Deals says

      I agree with the ketchup frustration! We go through a lot of ketchup and I was hoping to stock-up. I have waited for coupons to roll out, but no good ones yet.

  2. says

    I love the list. I know each area is different, but it gives everyone a good idea of what price to look for. I’m with Dana though, I have put off buying things hoping for a better price, but I got stuck paying even more waiting for that price. Shows you I should never play the stock market. :)
    Thanks for hosting!!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Get Your Grill On =-.

  3. Angela says

    Thanks for the list. I have been keeping mine in my head which doesn’t always work out :) I noticed you don’t have flour or sugar on your list. I don’t have a price to give, but I know they always go on sale around the holiday baking season.

    • Madame Deals says

      Hi Angela,
      Yes, I am stuck on flour and sugar. They are not items I stockpile and I just buy them as I need them. I will buy a little extra sugar during the holidays since the price is low.

      So if anyone has a good buy price in mind for flour and sugar, we would love to know!


  1. […] If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Madame Deals has come up with a stock up price list for pantry items. These are the prices where she is willing to buy certain items. Here are a few of them, but to check out her whole list of stock up prices for pantry items, click here. […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *