Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's what you spend, not what you save (Wednesday Weekly Shopping)

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This was not a particularly good week for savings as measured by percentages.  Because I only bought a few things at Publix, and didn't go to CVS, Walgreens, or Target, I only saved a measly 16%.

But you need to remember, it's not what you spend, it's what you save!

I managed to stay under my $80 per week budget, and I feed a family of 5 including three older girls on that budget.  And that's what's really important, not a savings percentage based on a store's high price that I never would spend in the first place. 

I used to calculate my real savings - how much I saved on a supermarket sale/coupon combination compared to buying a similar item at the lowest regular price available - and I found that I generally saved 20-25% on my Publix shopping trips when I compared to similar items at Walmart or Target.  So shopping with sales and coupons really does save you, but not as much as you might think.  Another reason why your total amount is more important than your savings percentage!

Here's what I got:

I also went to Walmart and purchased two 6-packs of unsweetened applesauce (not available at ALDI) for a total of $3.76.

Overall, this week I spent $72.12 for items which retail for $85.69, or a 16% savings based on the retail value of the products at the stores where they were purchased.

For the year (6 weeks), I spent $455.30 for items which retailed for $724.65 and saved $269.35, or a 37% savings. That's an average of $75.88 spent each week for a family of five (husband, wife, and daughters ages 15, 12, 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.

In 2012, I spent $4,007.13 for items which retailed for $7,591.37, saving 47% and spending an average of $77.06 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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Spendwisemom February 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM  

I believe that what you do spend really does matter. If something is overpriced, I wouldn't buy it. I would wait for it to go on sale. Saying that I saved $3.50 on a box of cold cereal isn't really accurate when you can get it for less at another store or the store brand is less. I think you need to take into account what you spend. I could say that I saved $20,000 if I decided not to buy a car and just use mine instead. I don't know if this makes sense, but I do think the focus should be on what you spend, not on what you save. You should buy what you need and compare it to what it would cost to make it yourself. For example, if you saved $2.00 on tortillas and spent $1.00 for them. You would focus on the fact that you saved $2.00 if you focused on what you saved. But, if it only costs you 50 cents to make the same tortillas, you really haven't saved that much. I hope I don't offend you in disagreeing with your philosophy. You stated it one way and then the opposite way. Which one are you supporting?

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