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


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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