January at Kroger: $94.29 for the month
Average Spent per Trip: $31.43
Wal-Mart: $83.49 for the month
Average Spent per Trip: $26.67
The difference was less then I expected. However, I realized that my earliest receipt from Kroger was from January 12th. So it wasn't an entire month, since the beginning of the month I was in Memphis. So unfortunately...It is worth it to shop at Wal-Mart. And I have to say as pleased as it makes me to save money I feel distressed that my shopping days will now be spent at Wal-Mart. I am nervous about how expensive life is going to be when I am supporting myself, so I'm trying to start good money-saving habits now. I was so happy with this experiment...until I talked to my sister Abigail tonight. She went to a "couponing" workshop last weekend and came home with a coupon binder as well as many new tips and tricks for saving money. This past week she put her new knowledge to work and changed her grocery bill from $95 to $55! This makes my savings seem pretty measly. However, her savings center around the Publix coupons and BOGO, which I can't experience because Auburn has no Publix! So if you have a Publix, it sounds like their coupons can change your grocery experience dramatically! When I move to Birmingham I am going to call Ab and learn all her tricks for the Publix Coupon Game!