Have you noticed my new box on the right hand side of my blog? I've called it "How much can I save?" I'm keeping track of what I save in 2010 with coupons and comparison shopping. Let me show you what I'm doing.
In our small town here in NW Ohio we only have a Walmart and a local grocery store. The local store is great for produce and meats, but too expensive for me to buy all my groceries at. I'm left to shop at Walmart, unless I want to drive 1/2 hour in one direction to get to a Meijer or Kroger store or 20 minutes in another direction to get to another local store that has some great buys. With our busy life I need to stay in town.
Did you know that Walmart honors competitor's advertised prices? Each weekend I scan the sale ads for items that I need, search through my coupons and make a list. I'm always armed with 3 fliers from competitor's and hit Walmart.
Here is an example from my last shopping trip -
The Walmart price on a 6 pack of Danimals yogurt was $2.58. Kroger had them advertised for $1.88, just show the clerk at Walmart the flier and they will charge you the $1.88 price. On top of the price adjustment I had a coupon for $1.00 off so I got this item for $.88 cents! This is an item that I do buy when it's on sale, but wouldn't purchase it at regular price. My kids like these and at 88 cents I'm happy to purchase them.
To figure my savings, I added the comparison price savings of 70 cents to my total savings and the $1.00 coupon to the coupon savings. Since I purchased 2 of these, I just doubled my savings as I had 2 coupons.
Just a note about Walmart shopping - I'm sure there are some of my readers that wouldn't shop at Walmart, I dont' mean to offend you, it's just that my budget requires me to find the best possible prices on items that we buy. With a family of 5 and 2 of those being hungry boys I need to stretch my grocery money as far as I can and Walmart allows me to do that. I do not work at Walmart and I am not advertising for them, just letting you know what they offer.
I'd love for you to join me in my savings journey this year. Feel free to post on your blog too and let me know what you are saving or ways to save more money. I am really surprised by how much I've saved and we're only half way through January. ~Ann