10 seconds of sweep time
During each segment, different pricing games were played involving everyday groceries and items found in a supermarket. If a player was correct, that team earned 10 seconds; however, if all three players were right, 30 seconds was added to all three teams' times. In 1990, however, all games, excluding the "on sale" version had 20 seconds added to all three teams if all three players were right.
These games varied from day to day and generally involved the following objectives:
- Selecting which of three items was priced above or below a certain amount.
- Selecting which of three items was not a given price.
- Selecting which of three items was on sale.
- Selecting which of three items was incorrectly priced.
- Selecting which of three items was correctly priced.
- Selecting which of three items was the most expensive.
- Determining how much of one item could be bought for a certain amount of money.
- Guessing whether the actual price for a product was higher or lower than the price displayed.
- Guessing whether the actual price for a product was correctly displayed.
Original (ABC version)Edit
In the first part of the game, the teams were shown a grocery item or combination of two closely associated grocery items and were asked to guess the retail price. As host Bill Malone instructed the contestants to "Please checkout on your machine what you think is the exact retail price", the housewives would mentally calculate the price of all items shown and type the amount on their registers. Each player's totals were revealed followed by Bill Malone resorting to the automatic counter which displays the items exact retail price. The team who came the closest won the item, and an additional 15 seconds to their time. Four items were played and each item revolved around a central household related theme, such as items for washing, like laundry soap, to the items needed to created the associated "wash day" soup, a soup generally made at the same time washing was being done, like potatoes and gravy.