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Restarted price book

April 29th, 2012 at 07:41 am

Over the past couple of days, I've pulled prices from some grocery receipts and started a new price book using Excel.

Most recently, I was using Splash Shopper on my old Palm PDA, and liked it. I'd refer to the database on the Palm, and use the desktop version to input the prices. But I've switched to an ipod Touch as my PDA, and I wasn't impressed by the reviews I've read for their app. I've tried some other apps, but it's tedious trying to enter much information on the ipod. Plus, I want to be able to choose what information I record.

For example, I want to record both price per pound and per item for some things. When I go to Shoprite they price bell peppers by the pound, and when I go to Walmart they are priced by the piece. At Aldi, right now they're in 3-packs. In Excel, I can add as many columns as I want for different types of unit prices, rather than having to choose just one.

I'll email it to myself when I feel it's done, so it's accessible on the ipod. But I still might print it out and carry it in my purse. I don't like whipping out the ipod inside stores if I don't have to.

4 Responses to “Restarted price book”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    When I finally got around to buying, filling and using a price book, I went analog with pencil and a small notebook which I decorated with images of my current year's deadpool picks. People will either veer clear of me convinced of my lunacy, or kindred spirits will come hither. Either way, the frugal person's friend has multiple uses.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I find typing on an iPod very uncomfortable.

  3. baselle Says:

    And I for one can vouch for the loveliness of Paulette's cover.

    Some of the moleskin journals also have a little pocket on the inside cover, useful for receipts, coupons, and the smaller ones are about the same size as an iPhone.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I used to keep a price book, but have pretty much abandoned it since prices seem to change so quickly.

    Unit price to me is almost the most trustworthy measure of value, since foodmakers also seem to be shrinking their sizes without warning or fanfare, and how would you catch it if you weren't payimg attention to that?

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