I hit a milestone this week: I've saved over $3,000 while grocery shopping so far this year!
Now, I have to admit that the figure is a little disingenuous. For many items I've bought at Publix, I would not ever pay the full price. Instead, I'd either buy a store brand elsewhere at the lowest possible price (that would be usually at ALDI, and for some items at Walmart). Or for some items, I wouldn't buy them at all; they were optional treats that I don't really need to get.
Still, it's a nice big round number to see in my calculations!
Here's what I got this week:
Overall, this week I spent $75.57 for items which retail for $168.99, or a 55% savings based on the retail value of the products at the stores where they were purchased. (But don't compare percentages!)
For the year (43 weeks), I spent $3,352.61 for items which retailed for $6,357.19 and saved $3,004.58, or a 47% savings. That's an average of $77.97 spent each week for a family of five (husband, wife, and daughters ages 15, 11, and 7), including lots of fresh produce, dairy items, and kosher meat, as well as paper and plastic goods, health and beauty items, and cleaning supplies.
In 2011, I spent $4,017.13 for items which retailed for $7,344.08, saving 45% and spending an average of $77.25 per week for the year.
How did your shopping go this week? What bargains did you get? Please leave a link to your blog post about your weekly shopping. The aim is not to brag, but to inspire! Please link up directly to your post, not to the blog itself. I'd appreciate it if you put a link to Wednesday Weekly Shopping in your post as well. If you don't have a blog, please leave a comment!
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