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What are the Best Stock Up Prices?

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 4:59 pm
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You’ve probably found yourself, at one time or another, standing in a grocery store aisle contemplating whether or not to stock up on an item, whether it’s on sale or you have a coupon. Is the price low enough to stock up? Well, there is really no right or wrong answer here but it is good to know what the absolute best stock up prices are. There is a balance between once-in-a-lifetime low prices, good stock up prices, and mediocre-buy-a-couple-but-don’t-stock-up prices. So, here are our suggestions for the best stock up prices (keep in mind, many of these prices will require some couponing on your part):

Pantry Items

  • Bread: $1.50 or less
  • Cake/Brownie Mix: .50 cents or less per box
  • Canned Soup: .50 cents or less
  • Canned Tuna: .50 cents or less
  • Canned Vegetables: .50 cents or less
  • Cereal (any brand): $1.50 or less
  • Chips: .75 cents or less (based on 10 ounce bags)
  • Chocolate Chips: $1.50 or less
  • Coffee: $5/lb or less
  • Crackers: $1 or less per box
  • Flour: .25 cents/lb or less
  • Jelly: $1 or less
  • Ketchup: .50 cents or less
  • Mayonnaise: $1 or less
  • Mustard: .50 cents or less (you can usually get this FREE)
  • Pasta (any): .50 cents or less
  • Pasta Sauces: $1 or less (large jar)
  • Peanut Butter: $1 or less
  • Rice (white): .50 cents/lb or less (Aldi’s has 3 lb. bags for $1.59)
  • Salad Dressing: .50 cents or less
  • Sugar: .50 cents/lb or less (white), .75 cents/lb or less (brown)
  • Tomato Paste/Sauce: .25 cents or less (8 oz. cans)
  • Tortillas: $1 or less per package or around .10 cents each


Freezer Items

  • Frozen Fruit: $1 or less
  • Frozen Vegetables: .50 cents or less
  • Ice Cream: $2/carton or less (name brands)
  • Juice Concentrate: .50 cents or less



  • Apples: .75 cents/lb or less (non-organic)
  • Artichokes: .50 cents or less each
  • Avocados: .75 cents each or less
  • Bananas: .40 cents/lb or less (Trader Joe’s has bananas for .19 cents each, everyday)
  • Bell Peppers: .70 cents each or less
  • Broccoli: .70 cents/lb or less
  • Carrots: $1 or less per bag (baby carrots or one-pound bags of whole carrots)
  • Cucumber: .50 cents or less each
  • Grapes: $1/lb or less
  • Lemons: .25 cents or less each
  • Limes: .10 cents or less each
  • Lettuce: $1/head or less
  • Mushrooms: $1.50 or less (8 oz.)
  • Strawberries: $2 or less per carton
  • Tomatoes: $1/lb or less
  • Any In-Season Fruit: $1/lb or less (approximately)


Dairy Products

  • Butter: $1.75/lb or less
  • Cheese: $1.75 or less for 8 oz., $1 or less per bag (shredded)
  • Eggs: $1.30 or less per dozen, $1.90 or less per dozen (free range)
  • Milk: $1.75 per gallon, $3.85 per gallon (organic)
  • Sour Cream: .85 cents or less (16 oz.)
  • Yogurt: .25 cents or less per serving/cup



  • Beef, Ground: $1.50/lb or less, $3.50/lb or less (93% lean)
  • Chicken, Boneless/Skinless: $1.99/lb or less
  • Chicken, Whole: .75 cents/lb or less
  • Hot Dogs: .50 cents or less
  • Lunch Meats: .10 cents/ounce or less
  • Roast: $2.50/lb or less
  • Steak: $2.50/lb or less
  • Turkey, Lean/Ground: $2.50 or less (20 oz.)


Household & Cleaning Supplies

  • Aluminum Foil: .75 cents or less
  • Cleaning Sprays (any): $1 or less per bottle
  • Dish Soap (Dawn, Joy, Gain, etc.): .50 cents or less per bottle, or .03 cents/oz.
  • Dishwasher Detergent: .75 cents or less per box (tabs)
  • Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox, Lysol, etc.):  .02 cents per wipe
  • Dryer Sheets: .03 cents per sheet or less
  • Garbage Bags: .09 cents per bag (comes to about $2.98 for 32 bags)
  • Laundry Detergent: .10 cents per load (comes to about $3.20 for a 32 load bottle)
  • Paper Towels (any): .30 cents per roll
  • Saran Wrap: $1 or less
  • Sponges: .20 cents each
  • Toilet Cleaner (any): $1 or less per bottle
  • Toilet Paper (any): .20 cents or less per roll
  • Ziploc Bags: $1 or less per box


Personal Items & Toiletries

  • Bandages: .65 cents or less for 30 count box
  • Bar Soap: .20 cents or less per bar
  • Body Wash: .75 cents or less per bottle
  • Deodorant: .50 cents or less per stick
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (any): $1 or less
  • Medicines (Pain Relievers, etc.): $1 or less per bottle
  • Q-Tips/Cotton Balls: $1 or less
  • Razors (disposable): Free
  • Shampoo/Conditioner: $1 or less (name brands), .50 cents or less (generic brands)
  • Shaving Cream: .75 cents or less per bottle
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes: .50 cents or less


Baby Products

  • Baby Food: .10 cents or less per serving, otherwise make your own for pennies.
  • Diapers (any): .10 cents or less per diaper (check out Amazon’s “Subscribe and Save” program to save big bucks on diapers!)
  • Diaper Rash Ointments: $1 or less
  • Wipes: .01 cent or less per wipe (comes to about $1 for a 64 count package)


Hopefully this list can help you stock up at the right times and save. Keeping a list of good stock up prices in your coupon binder or wallet is a great way to stay organized and know when to stock up on certain items – you’ll never be left standing in the aisles wondering again!

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