What is a Good Buy Price for Pantry Items?


The best way to save money at the grocery store is to be knowledgeable 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 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”!

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  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!


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