Thursday, September 15, 2011

In Which I Buy Groceries and Wal-Mart Actually Comes Through

Not the most exciting topic, to be sure. Still, it seems like it demands a lot of attention: meal planning, list making, coupon cutting, walking up and down the aisles...

Anyone else besides me tired just thinking about it?

Today, in an effort to pinch those pennies just a bit tighter I did something I usually don't do: I went to three different stores. (Another thing I don't usually do: I took Sweet Pea with me. This was for a variety of reasons that had nothing to do with actually saving money. I went to my usual grocery store first, came home, put groceries away and took Sweet Pea with me on the rest of my shopping expedition.)

I could have, had I been braver, made that just two stores. Today was my first effort in shopping while taking advantage of Wal-Mart price matching.

Two things are important here:
1. I very much dislike shopping at Wal-Mart. Ever. For any reason. This is not because of any philosophical point of view. It's simply based on the fact that the Wal-Mart(s) closest to me are not pleasant (read: light or clean) places and there are never enough lines open.

2. I dislike confrontation. I am the world's worst negotiator. I make Philip do any yard sale bargaining, should the occasion arise.

There's another point worth making as well:

Groceries are getting more expensive. Have you noticed? Prices are up, sizes are down, and it's seriously depressing how far my buying dollar does not go.

So I stepped gingerly into the price matching waters. I had three items, two of which needed to be adjusted. I used the {oh so slightly} faster lane.

And today the grocery smiled upon me and granted me a friendly, competent cashier, which is by no means assured at our local Wal-Mart.

I made my price matching request, handed her the competitor sale paper and, no hoops to jump through, no fan-fare - et voila, a new price.

Which means I could have had the prices matched from the other store I went to after Wal-Mart but I was too chicken to price match everything on my {extremely long} list.

So, unless Kroger starts price matching soon (not gonna happen), I foresee more visits to Wal-Mart in my future. At this point, more than once a month would be a major increase in frequency.

What about you? Are you trying any new savings strategies these days?

P.S. The above picture is just the best one I could find of a shopping cart. I did not actually steal a shopping cart and pose it artistically in the grass. Because that would be wrong on so many levels.

This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as Mom

2 comments:

Elisabeth said...

I hate grocery shopping!! Around here (by that I mean in the boonies), we have two choices: walmart and kroger. I should say two choices that are closer than 45 min away! Since I also hate going to more than one store, I always go to walmart because all the other non-grocery items I need are usually cheaper at walmart. I have also stepped into the coupon waters ever so gingerly. =)

Lisa said...

If there is one chore I hate more than dishes it would be grocery shopping. Everything about the whole process is exhausting.

But enough about that- way to go on the saving! :)

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