Joe Nelson, the guy behind , took My Nitty Gritty Grocery List and ran with it. Thank goodness! I never had enough time to devote to comparing and updating my list of grocery prices. The idea behind FlyerSide and MNGGL is if you don’t know what a “good” price is for something, you’re more likely to over spend.
Joe launched his site after he and his fiance started comparing grocery prices and get the best deals. “The handwritten list soon became a spreadsheet, and the spreadsheet became a web page,” he emailed me. His friends egged him on and he now posts sales from around the country.
When you visit , the first thing to do is enter your zip code. The site will show sale prices for individual items sold at stores near you. The more stars an item has, the better deal it is. Five stars means stock up, 2.5 stars means the price is average, and zero stars means buy later.
The site also tells you how many days are left in the sale, gives a description of the item, and shares its price. One less developed feature of the site is recipes for meals based on what’s on sale.
The goal of FlyerSide is to help you to decide what to buy and where to shop. It’s a handy tool – if sales and prices are posted for your neighborhood – that will save you from doing these comparisons on your own. And that means saving money.