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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Open House: Cost Review & Price Comparision Tips

So the question is still out there, did we keep the open house under budget?  Well, let's see.  Our budget for the event was $150.00.  For all of the food and beverages, our total cost came out to $158.74!  $8.74 over budget--not too bad for an event that fed 50+ guests!!

Planning for this event was the first time that I really did price comparisons at different grocery stores.  And I learned a lot about how to be efficient in doing it.  Here are my top three biggest takeaways from this experience:

1. Make sure you have a good and thorough list of everything you need--including quantities. It will save time while you're shopping and it will help prevent you from overspending and avoiding buying items "willy nilly."

2. When you visit each store, make sure you write down the cost per quantity of each item.  This part was a little tricky for me, because I didn't realize (call me naive) that each store and each brand has a different way of packaging food.  For instance, one store may sell celery per ounce while the other store may sell per stalk.  Keeping track of this will definitely help prevent confusion and frustration.

3. Don't be too legalistic that it takes away the fun in what you're doing!

I hope this helps.  I'm sure there's a lot more to price comparison shopping than what I shared in this post, but I'm still learning.  Remember, I'm still a little foreign to all of this domestic stuff :)

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Take care!


  1. Kirsten, these are very good tips that I plan to use very soon. I believe in going to shop with a list. Thanks for this post.

  2. great tips Kirsten. you stayed pretty close to your budget considering the amount of people you had to buy for.

  3. That is great! Only $8 over budget and basically just $3 per person? That is really terrific. The wings. I am dying over here.

  4. great job with staying so close to your budget! That's awesome!


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