Until we really compared costs at Aldi last week, I thought I did a decent job of keeping my grocery costs down. One great advantage to having a nicely stocked pantry is that I can replenish when things are on sale. This past week Target had Del Monte vegetables for .45/can. Had I needed to replenish my canned goods, and had I needed other things from Joplin, I would have gone to Joplin and stocked up on canned goods. I figure it takes about $12 in gas for me to make a round trip to Joplin so I always have to take that into account. I keep a “Joplin list” which includes anything we might need from a larger grocery store, Lowe’s, Target, Hobby Lobby, clothes, etc. and always make sure the savings are worth the trip. But, last week, I didn’t need to stock up on canned vegetables so I didn’t go.
Since we had to be in Pittsburg to get the iPod adapter thing installed, the trip there was basically “free”.
At Dillon’s, my bill was $235.67 and my savings was $65.67 (23%). Of the 76 items purchased, only 7 of them were not on sale (milk, buttermilk, eggnog, cilantro, dried apricots, dried cherries and a bag of ciabatta rolls for my dressing).
I’ve been thinking about changes I want to make . . not necessarily New Year’s Resolutions type changes but everyday lifetime type changes. If I can give up Dr. Pepper, I can do anything! I’m not saying we’re cutting back on groceries because cooking is a hobby for me. Eating great meals is something we enjoy. I don’t mind paying more for quality products. We’re not on a strict budget but I want to be a smarter shopper. The trip to Aldi last week was an eye opener for me. The one thing I refuse to do is buy something just because it’s on sale or because there’s a coupon. But, using coupons can really save a lot if you’re buying things you know you will use and things you would buy anyway.
A blog reader sent me these coupon/savings sights
Are you happy with what you’re spending on groceries? Do you see areas where you could save? Will you put forth the effort to save some grocery $$? What are some of the ways you think you can save on groceries?