It has been mentioned to me that some of the stores I shop at are too expensive. I suppose this is true on a regular price comparison with say Wal-Mart or even Aldi. I shop at these stores, too. However, I go where I can get the most for the least, and many times that is a major grocery store.
For example, I posted a week or so ago about Harris Teeter coupons in the Friday newspaper. There were $16 worth of coupons: Four 50¢ coupons off "any" one item and four $1.00 coupons off "any" item of $2 or more, and also two for $5 off a $40 purchase.
I used three of the $1 coupons on 3 packs of diet Coke, which brought the price down from 3/$10 to $3/$7, a much better deal. I used the 50¢ ones on Campbell's tomato soup, making it 10¢ a can. I used my last $1 coupon on a bottle of wine, and also used a $5/40 coupon. All of this was on sale already. Everything else I got was either on sale, I had a manufacturers coupon or it was a store brand.
What was the bottom line? I saved $27.34 and paid $34.08. This is about 45%.
Last week's highlights focused on cleaning products:
Lysol Kitchen cleaner - Regularly $2.89 for 44¢ (BOGOF + $1 coupon)
Lysol Toilet cleaner - Regularly $2.69 for 34¢ (BOGOF + $1 coupon)
Brawny paper towels 8 rolls - Regularly $9.99 for $4.99 (sale $5.99 + $1 coupon)
12 oz. bottle of Joy dish washing detergent - Regularly $1.39 for 39¢ (sale 99¢ + 30¢ coupon)
I saved around 43% that day. My goal is to save an average of 50% on groceries and household items.
Harris Teeter always doubles coupons up to 99¢ every day (up to 20 coupons per day). Go here for their next triple coupon event starting 3/24.
Check out my Top 5 list of things not to pay full price for, and see another example of savings here.