Shopping Comparison

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Registered: 05-09-2002
Shopping Comparison
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Tue, 07-19-2011 - 12:55pm

As I have mentioned before I have started to get into couponing and really paying attention to store sales flyers in order to try to get the best deals on groceries and household items.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 1:16pm
I have been a serious deal hunter/couponer/price shopper. I have gone back to shopping at the smaller local stores instead of the huge-box stores. The service is terrible at the big stores, and the employees generally appear to be treated worse/less happy/less whatever. I've even sworn off one of the big box stores permanently because the stuff I was buying was in the computer at the wrong price one too many times, and I was treated badly one too many times. I decided for me it is important to support the smaller, more local stores and businesses even if I do pay a bit more. It adds to my quality of life, that was my personal realization.

That said, I still shop sales and coupon as much as possible. I never buy personal care items at the grocery store--drug store only for those, it's way cheaper. And I totally think it is great that you are taking note of prices and looking for deals; I just thought I would add my perspective.

One of the other things you might like to do is to keep track of how much you save with coupons. For me, I did this by adding a line in my expense tracking spreadsheet for coupons. I would input the total regular cost of the bill without coupons subtracted, then add the value of the coupons in the coupon line. It gave me a clear picture of the value of coupons.
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Registered: 08-24-2007
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 2:10pm
Thanks for posting this. A large Walmart (with a grocery section) recently opened up which is only one bus line away from my home. I've already noticed the price difference in comparison to my normal grocery store, in particular with the produce section. I purchased my groceries at Walmart this week and it saved me about $25 in total -- a significant savings. I don't know if I'll shop there for everything because they don't carry some of the PC products I love, but I'll definately be making regular trips.

Someone on the message boards once wrote that they keep a spreadsheet of prices of the products they regularly purchase. While I was at Walmart I took note of the prices of tampons, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. so that I can start to price compare. I must have looked like a nut, wandering the aisles and writing down prices in my notebook!

My only problem with Walmart is that, here in Canada, they will not accept coupons that are printed off a computer. They must be manufacturer's coupons on shiny paper. Frustrating.

Kate


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Registered: 10-01-2008
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 2:45pm

I agree with you totally.

Norma


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Registered: 02-11-2006
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 3:19pm
Awesome job, Erin!!
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 7:53pm
I think it is important to also weigh in the cost of fuel if making a special trip to spend less.

Where I live, it is a non-issue as I live really close to a small Walmart, a Safeway and and a Winco (also Cub foods, I think, in other parts of the country).

However, for me to drive 10 miles to Albertsons when gas is $3.69 a gallon in a 12 mpg rig, doesn't make alot of sense.

Since Winco is close and as much as the crowds can be frustrating, I just can't stomache the prices at Safeway. Sure, once in a while there is a good price on a few items, but otherwise most of their prices are alot more, even double sometimes, of Winco's prices.

So, I pop into Safeway if I am only getting a couple things and in a hurry.

Serenity
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Registered: 11-17-2007
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 9:01pm

Just a thought.

I used to take half my coupon saving and send it to a credit card. It was the only way I could come

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 6:45am

Once a year I take a list of the items that I regularly purchase with me to several stores in the area for a price comparrision.

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Registered: 01-30-1999
Wed, 07-20-2011 - 5:23pm

For me on the things I buy, Walmart is definately cheaper. ALOT cheaper on many things. So thats where I do most all my shopping. I also do Aldi once a month for a few things that are cheaper there.

Have to save where I can. Luckily both stores are close to me.

Michelle

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Registered: 07-15-2011
Thu, 07-21-2011 - 7:17pm
Check out www.grocerygame.com - It matches up coupons and store deals for you, so all you have to do is clip the ones you are going to use. (You'll have to see if it works for the grocery stores in your particular area - I recently moved to an area where it doesn't work because we don't have any bigger chain grocery stores.) During the time I was using it, I was getting $150 of groceries for $70 or less. I miss it!!!
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Registered: 05-16-2009
Mon, 07-25-2011 - 4:09pm
I have found that Walmart is cheaper than the grocery store also, but it depends sometimes. When I lived in Virginia meat was a great price at Walmart. Here in North Carolina it is terrible so I buy all my meat at the grocery store near my house when on sale. Funny thing: back home I could always find ground beef for 99cents on sale, but here I have never seen that. Once I took a notebook and listed everything we buy and then in columns I wrote the prices for each item at Walmart and two other grocery stores. 90% of the time walmart was cheaper, but here and there another store would have a sale and it would be better.

One thing I hate is that Walmart doesn't double coupons so I have to keep my eye out for sales where I can double my coupons at other stores. I use a great website called www.southernsavers.com. It does all the work for me. Tells me what is this weeks ad at a store and then lists next to the sale items in the ad if there is a coupon and if so when it came out. I have been able to match my coupons with some good deals at different stores.

We shop at Walmart pretty religiously though. In some cases I have to hit the grocery store near my house for something walmart doesn't carry. When I lived in VA walmart would be packed with crowds so my husband and I would hit it around 6 am every saturday morning. Here in NC I live in the country so walmart is never busy, not even on christmas eve.