I haven't hit the drug stores for deals much this year, and it's coming back to haunt me now. Things I typically got at CVS and Walgreens, I've now been buying at ALDI. And though it's cheaper there than at many other places, it's still more expensive than buying them on sale, with coupons and rewards.
So I will have to get that drug store habit started again!
Here's what I got this week:
Publix trip 1: Spent $16.37, saved $16.35
Publix trip 2: Spent $6.98, saved $7.91
ALDI trip 1: Spent $39.23
ALDI trip 2: Spent $36.51
Overall, this week I spent $99.07 for items which retail for $123.33, or a 20% savings based on the retail value of the products at the stores where they were purchased.
For the year (17 weeks), I spent $1,348.86 for items which retailed for $2,361.59 and saved $1,012.73, or a 43% savings. That's an average of $79.34 spent each week for a family of five (husband, wife, and daughters ages 15, 12, and 8), 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.
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