If you missed my first post about couponing take a look at it here. This week, I share a little more information to help you make sure you are getting a good prices.
This week I did a little scouting. Most towns have a couple major grocery stores. Around here the big two are Publix and Kroger. My usual routine is to hit Publix once a week. I don’t really know why I started going to Publix but I have become very familiar with the layout of the store, the sale ads, and even the signage, making it a very comfortable place for me to shop.
This week I decided to do some scouting to see if I was getting the best prices I can. I came up with a list of about 20 items I regularly purchase and took my list to both Publix and Kroger. My goal was to gather the regular price for each of the items on the list. This is what I came up with :
The yellow hilighted numbers are where Kroger is higher priced and the blue highlighted areas are where Publix is higher priced. With the exception of the Chewy Chips Ahoy and Lay’s Potato Chips, the difference between the two stores is less than 50 cents. Based on this information, I think picking a store, and sticking to it so you can get a routine worked out is my best advice. When using coupons and shopping the sale cycles, you will save money weather you shop at Publix or Kroger. Of course, there are a few other grocery store choices in our area including Ingalls, Food Lion and Food Depot. I plan to take my list to these stores as well when I find some more time (and energy!).
To answer this question I have to bring up a scenario where my husband was about to load up our grocery cart with canned tomatoes. The tomatoes were in a center aisle bin with a fancy sign that said ’10 for $10′. So, basically, $1 per can. I know from past experience that I can get canned tomatoes for .40-.50 cents a can when on sale and using coupons. This was a classic example of the sale sign enticing buyers even when the ‘sale’ price wasn’t that good. So, it is important that you know the lowest price you can typically get an item for. The Southern Savers website has a great resource for bargain hunters called the ‘Buy Price’ shopping list. This is a list of items and their lowest prices, after coupons. I use this list as a guide and have started to develop my own, list based on my findings. If you are truly trying to get the best deal, it helps to know what a good sale price is. You will become more familiar with good deals as you spend time looking for bargains at your grocery store.