Frugal shopping has been a side project of mine for a while now. I've gotten pretty good at it, and I'll be teaching a community education course at Waubonsee Community College next month all about how to get the deals. However, I had not been tracking my spending/saving totals, so my super awesome shopping feats could not be verified.
For the month of May, I tracked every penny spent at Walgreens, CVS, Jewel, Dominicks and Target/Super Target. Tax is included with the amount spent. Here it is:
Spent $87.70 on merchandise worth $1482.18 for a savings of 94%.
Note: this was a heavy month for me at Walgreens, at least double the business I normally do there each month.
Spent $10.83 on merchandise worth $186.28 for a savings of 94%.
Spent $137.81 on merchandise worth $305.34 for a savings of 54%.
Note: I am not happy with this 'savings' and I blame it squarely on Jewel's new "no expired coupon" policy. Boo to Jewel.
Spent $86.60 on merchandise worth $334.91 for a savings of 74%.
Note: Dominick's still takes expired coupons--see the difference in savings?!
Target (this is food purchases only)
Spent $79.48 on merchandise worth $216.42 for a savings of 64%.
I am averaging $75.89 for groceries each week, which is not bad for a family of three living in the Chicago suburbs. However, it is a little more than I'd like to be spending right now, so my focus for June will be to use our stockpile of food and get only fresh stuff at the store and farmer's markets.
The pictures of the Little Guy are to liven up an otherwise picture-less post. Happy Sunday!