When you’re at a grocery or drug store, do you feel overwhelmed by the process of choosing a toothpaste, toilet paper, or cereal? Do we really need thirty different types of toothpaste in fifteen different sizes? Does it stress you out having to attempt ridiculous mathematical computations in your head to determine which package of toilet paper is the best deal? If the family size Raisin Bran costs $4.99, is that better than the single box that costs $3.29? How many ounces are in each box again?
It is very difficult for consumers to make proper and logical purchase choices when a product as simple as toilet paper forces you to decide between four and ninety one regular, double, big, mega, family size or giant rolls, each available in a multitude of packaging combinations and sheet number variations. As a side note, how many of you have noticed the circumference of the cardboard roll our toilet paper is wound upon? Yes, it has grown, providing a deceiving sense of normal sizing. (More on product sizing reductions in a future article.)
Price matching policies provide consumers with an opportunity to insure best pricing and many retailers that offer pricing guarantee policies give us the option to match “equal” items. But, in many cases it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to quantify which product is the “equal” item. Product lines have become so broad that it’s virtually impossible to compare items on an “apples to apples” basis.
So, how do you know which products to choose? At iPriceMatch.com, we break down package information to determine unit pricing. By doing this, we educate shoppers about which item is
truly the best deal and help ensure that they really are paying the lowest price in town.
Food and consumable prices continue to increase while product sizes decrease. The wide range of packaging choices makes the decision-making process more complicated than it needs to be. Price matching, at least through iPriceMatch.com, empowers the consumer by providing information that easily resolve pricing and sizing challenges. If enough consumers utilize this knowledge to beat the tricky packaging games, hopefully manufacturers will realize this is what customers want and they will voluntarily form standards in product sizing and unit pricing. Until then, be proactive, make yourself
a knowledgeable shopper and ensure that you are truly paying the lowest prices
We are so proud of Penny, our founder and CEO, who was named the 2011 Small Business Person of the Year by the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce. Check it out below:
The Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce has selected iPriceMatch.com founder and CEO Penny Perez as their 2011 Small Business Person of the Year. Perez was honored Friday night at the 29th Annual Awards and 37th Board Installation Gala, held in the Champagne Ballroom at the Paris Las Vegas.
According to the Latin Chamber of Commerce, “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy. This award recognizes outstanding local small businesses in Las Vegas who are helping to grow our economy.” Perez launched iPriceMatch.com in 2011 and it continues to grow. The website compares grocery prices in the Las Vegas market and provides users with the lowest price in town for each item. “I created the site so that people could quickly and easily acquire the knowledge they need to save money at the grocery store – why are we paying $5.89 for peanut butter when it is available at another store for $1.69?” says Perez, “My goal is to provide a service that gives people the knowledge they need to improve their lives through healthy eating while saving money.”
Perez has been an active member of the Las Vegas business community for many years. A 25+ year construction industry veteran, Penny is the former CEO and President of MALCO Contracting and was one of the few female presidents in the Las Vegas construction industry. Penny served on the management side of multiple collective bargaining contract negotiations and worked with lawmakers to overhaul the single-pay industrial insurance system. She was appointed to the Southern Nevada Workforce Connections Board in 2009 and was recently selected as one of 50 women in the United Sates to attend the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth University sponsored by IBM. Perez is a Las Vegas native who attended UNLV and is currently raising her three children, ages 18, 17 and 13, here in the Valley.
There are great deals out there this week, iPriceMatch fans!
Here is a delicious pork roast recipe that you can whip up this weekend to impress your family and friends….for ONLY $8.98! Click the following link for your iPriceMatch.com shopping list of ingredients. Orange Pork Roast List
Orange Pork Roast
Original Recipe from: cdkitchen.com
4 pounds pork roast (fat trimmed off)
1/2 teaspoon oil
Salt, pepper, and garlic salt
4 small onions
1 cup orange juice
Rub top of pork roast with oil, add salt, pepper and garlic salt. Cut orange in slices and place on top of roast, place the roast in the cooking bag. Potatoes and onions cut in half and place in bag and add orange juice. Cook in preheated oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours at 350 degrees.
Our Founder and CEO, Penny Perez is now a Yahoo! Contributor. Congratulations Penny!
Check out her first article on “How to Save More at the Grocery Store” here.
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Create a Holiday Shopping Budget
Once it is more clear what needs to be bought, start with the bargains. Plan out the Black Friday sales in advance. From that point forward, see what items can be purchased cheaper online. If there are many online purchases, check to see if it is possible to bundle shipping to further reduce the costs. Most importantly, avoid impulse shopping at all costs. Christmas is a time to be thoughtful and generous, but that does not have to mean being irresponsible.
Don’t forget that Christmas involves spending other than gifts. Think about how much money will need to be set aside for cards, decorations, shipping, wrapping paper and bows, food and drink, and even gas to get to the festivities. When these elements are ignored, they add up extremely quickly.
Examine the paper trail. Review all the receipts and bills from the holiday season of the previous year. This can provide an idea of how much was spent, how long it took to pay it off, and what needs to be adjusted to make this year more budget friendly. Keep all the receipts from current purchases, and total them up daily or weekly depending on your individual shopping habits. This can provide a much needed reality check.
This paper trail includes credit cards as well. When going out, take only the credit cards that are absolutely necessary, and limit the transactions on them. Also, check the credit card statements thoroughly each time a bill comes in the mail. Unfortunately, the holiday season is a busy time for identity theft considering so many people are not paying attention to the details of their extensive bill.
By simply adjusting the way you shop, you can cut down on many costs associated with the holiday season and limit much of the stress. That is the best present you can give yourself.