How to Read Price Labels Like A Champ!

Posted on Aug 30 2014 - 2:32am by michelle

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There’s a rumor going around that eating healthy on a budget costs more but did you know that buying fresh foods without coupons will save you more in the long run vs. buying junk that’s on sale? You will save more and it all comes down to getting the nutrients that you need so your body isn’t yearning for snacks.

We all know how important labels are. Did you know that there’s often a little trickery that goes into the way things are packaged and the sale can be hard to spot if you’re not looking in the right place. While looking for ways to restructure the way my family eats, I learned how to read labels differently.  I can’t believe I didn’t pay attention to this sooner.

Let’s take a closer look at price labels..

which one is the better deal Look at the price per weight or count (cnt). This is a better indicator of a good deal than the total price. bigger isnt always better I’ve found many times that I can get a better deal buying 2 smaller items than buying 1 larger one. Maybe the difference is small but you’ll never be outsmarted by the supermarkets and their tricky sale tactics again. *cue Mission Impossible theme…

Also, just because there is a coupon for it and it’s going to expire soon, we don’t have to buy it.  Really, don’t.. ok? The allure of saving 90% on something is often hard to pass up. Once it’s in the house it’ll get snacked on and I don’t need more junk in my life, do you? If you end up with a wad of expired manufacturer coupons that you’re not going to use, you can donate expired coupons to military families stationed overseas – here.

What are some of the strategies that help you and your family save?

  • Melissa Smith

    I always, always, always though that eating healthier was so expensive. Slowly I’m finding out otherwise. I’ll be sure to pay careful attention to the price labels when I run out to the store later. I wonder how many more healthy items I’ll be able to pick up that way.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Awesome! I’m glad I was helpful.

  • Brittany Miller

    Thanks for the tips!

    • MichelleMOTM

      You’re very welcome.

  • Bernadette

    I sometimes find myself checking the labels and prices to see which is a better option. Sometimes the one that you think would really isnt.

    • MichelleMOTM

      What a feeling when we catch a sale that isn’t really the sale at all.

  • loveforlacquer

    This always confuses me! Thank you for breaking it down!

    • MichelleMOTM

      You’re welcome, I’m happy this post was helpful to you.

  • Robin Rue

    I never really had any ideas about how to read labels – but now I know. Thanks for the great info!

    • MichelleMOTM

      You’re welcome.

  • Misty Marie Battle

    Wow I never knew that. I always get all jumbled up trying to decide which is the better deal. Thank you for spelling it out for me :)

    • MichelleMOTM

      I’m happy this post was helpful to you. You’re welcome.


    I have a big family so I’m always trying to find ways to save money and buy the best deal. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing.

    • MichelleMOTM

      You’re welcome!

  • Brionna G

    This is really helpful. I will be bookmarking this page for future use.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Thank you. I’m happy you found this helpful.

  • HilLesha O’Nan

    Unfortunately, the brands that I usually buy are not always on sale or have coupons, but I’m always on the lookout, as I love to save money. :)

    • MichelleMOTM

      You can still compare different sizes of your favorite brands to see which is the better deal. If you call your favorite companies and let them know how much you love their products, maybe they’ll surprise you with some rare coupons. Best of luck.

  • Catherine Sargent

    This is a really great post. I never thought about it like that before. I will pay more attention next time I go shopping.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Thanks. Don’t forget to come back and let me know how it goes after your next shopping trip.

  • Mrs. Mashed Up

    This is not just a great reminder for those who do the actual shopping–it’s great to help children learn to think and reason too.

    • MichelleMOTM

      When I go to the supermarket with my older child I’ll have her help me compare prices. I never thought about it being a ‘reasoning’ exercise. Maybe they’ll add something like this to common core if it isn’t already. Thanks. :)

  • Kori

    Thank you for the great tips. Working in retail and in a grocery store have taught me a lot as well.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Your welcome. I’d love to hear any tips you have.

  • Tracy Snyder

    Great tips! I try to use those labels when I shop but sometimes I wonder if their math is always right.

    • MichelleMOTM

      I don’t think we have anything to compare the prices stores print to unless it’s listed in a flyer.

  • Aisha Kristine Chong

    Awesome. My mom is an expert at these stuff. Lol.

    • MichelleMOTM

      You and your mom will be a force to be reckoned with in the supermarket now.

  • Kath Rivera

    I’m also the type who always read price tags when we go shopping because I’m an OC mom and I always budget and go for the save more products.

  • A Balanced Week

    This is great stuff. Some people are in such a hurry that they do not realize how much more value they would get for their money if they would read these labels.

  • Adrian’s Travel Tales

    My mother taught me this from a fairly young age but its SO HARD to pass up those coupons and deals sometimes. Thanks for reminding how the experts get it done!

  • Chris Burnell

    I check out the tags on occasion. Not as often as I should but there have been times when I caught the “better deal” being the more expensive item.

    • MichelleMOTM

      It’s all about building habits. I don’t even think about it much anymore .. it’s become my second nature to check the weight/count price first. Just remind yourself when you can and it will all add up. =)

  • Risa

    I do make a habit of checking these out. Sometimes bigger is better but I think a lot of those stores that sell things in bulk try to rip you off.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Good point about big box stores. They don’t let you use manufacturer coupons and there aren’t multiple sized items to compare prices and weights against each other. I only notice a few items at big box stores that I can get @ prices unheard of at the supermarkets.

  • Celebbabylaundry

    It’s important that you make sure you read labels when you go shopping, you want to make sure you get the most out of your money.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Exactly .. Not checking labels is like throwing away money right?

    • MichelleMOTM

      Yes, unfortunately I didn’t learn about this until later in life but it’s never to late to start.

  • Meeks

    Since my gluten allergy; I have to read label’s all the time and this will definetely help me be a little smarter when picking up some heatlhy goodies.

    • MichelleMOTM

      I realize gluten options can be more pricey. usually features gluten free coupons along with coupon books. I hope that helps.

  • Natalie S.

    Not always the case, I check out the tags sometimes, we usually go with whatever is cheaper.

  • ElizOF

    I love to read labels and comparison shop. I can’t quite understand why others don’t follow that route. It offers a great way to get educated about food and make better choices.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Before I started to read labels and comparison shop a few years ago, I didn’t know how easy it was or where to start.

  • Marie Moody

    Oh yeah, I spend more time in the groceries stores these days from reading labels and price tags these days. LOL

    • MichelleMOTM

      Nobody complains about how long I take when I show them how much I’ve saved. 😉

  • Maggie King

    My husband taught me how to do this when we started living together! I was just looking at the cheaper price and he showed me the error of my ways! Great post!

  • Ben Butler

    Great post! Reading labels can be frustrating at best and mind melting horrible at worst. Love it.

    • MichelleMOTM

      I love your description and agree that labels should be less manipulative.

  • TinkJul

    So true about not having to spend money just bc it’s on sale. We were on vacation awhile ago and my son wanted a shirt. Of course the salesmen said if you buy 2 the second is $5 off. My son buys it and then the guy says if you buy 3 the 3rd is $7 off. My son wants to keep buying. I had to tell him he’s is never going to stop dealing, you need to stop buying. Always put off spending money if you can.

  • mail4rosey

    Great tips to keep our eyes open on the prices. And there are all kinds of ways to save on fresh or organic, include card perks and store card points.

    • MichelleMOTM

      O’ and don’t forget about farmers markets. Local cooperative plans can be pricey because you have to pay it all up front but in the long run you’ll not only save money but they offer up a variety of local grown produce which is a great way to support our local farmers. :)

  • michele d

    I have never thought of doing these until now. It really makes sense to look at these labels before purchasing. I’m gonna start from now on. Thank you for this tip.

    • MichelleMOTM

      You’re welcome .. it’s easy peasy. You’ll do great!

  • yani

    there are really some shops who take advantage of their customers. if you don’t look closely, you might might get fooled.

    • MichelleMOTM

      Right! Sometimes I feel like a champion when I walk out of the store. :)

  • Elizabeth

    I remember learning this lesson! I am teaching it to my now 2nd and 4th grade homeschoolers. Very important to know!

    • MichelleMOTM

      Wonderful that you’re passing it on to your kids. It’s so important that they have more than a vague idea about the concept of money.

  • Mary Jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons

    great lesson for all the mommies! my husband does the groceries most of the time. though i will keep this in mind too!

  • Vanessa

    I agree! Always read the amount in ounces, the unit prices and compare. Know what you are buying and the quality as well!

    • MichelleMOTM

      I agree about quality. Sometimes it’s cheaper to splurge on a quality item that you’ll only have to buy one of rather than cutting corners and having to replace something multiple times. It can really add up.