Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wal-Mart vs. Kroger

I will be the first to give you a long list of reasons that Wal-Mart is miserable. It is dirty, the lines are long, your fellow shoppers are not friendly, I am scared for my life in the parking lot, etc, etc...However, one of my new year's resolutions was to keep track of all my grocery receipts and to go over them at the end of each month and see where I was spending money I didn't need to spend. All throughout January I saw the commercials on TV about how much money the average family saves a month by shopping at Wal-Mart. So at the end of January I decided that for the whole month of February I would shop at Wal-Mart and then compare the receipts at the end of the month. I'm proud to say I did my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart the entire month and didn't lose steam (which I was nervous about)! There were a few trips to Kroger during the month, like when chicken was on sale at Kroger or when I couldn't find what I needed at Wal-Mart. So I just finished putting all my receipts in to an excel worksheet and here are the numbers...

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!

3 comments:

  1. i changed my background---go look at it!!! miss you, excited about talking tomorrow!

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  2. Thanks for the link to the new blog! It looks like there is a lot of good stuff on there! Hope you have a great week!!!

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  3. I have been really intrigued by those Wal-Mart claims too! Our nearest Walmart is really really scary, so I never go. However, after reading your post, I may have to drive the extra 15 minutes to the safe one and do a little monthly budget comparison myself. I am so impressed with your savvy spending! You and Ab have inspired me.

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