Along with chips and ice cream this weekend, I ate a little crow.
As the result of an experiment I did last year comparing food prices in different stores, I stopped going to Shaws. With a budget of 140 dollars a week for 8 people, I figured that I couldn’t afford to shop there.
Based on a media summit I went to last week, I decided to take another look at Shaws. I carefully combed the weekly flyer, matched up what coupons I did with what was on sale, and noted what was on sale for 10 for 10 and 2 for 1.
This is what I ended up getting:
2 large bags of pretzels
3 packages of English muffins
2 boxes of wheat thins
2 boxes of Triscuits
9 bags of Lays potato chips
2 pounds of ground beef (you’ll be seeing this in The Great Hamburger Experiment)
2 packages ball park franks
4 pounds of sirloin tips
1.5 pounds of chicken breasts
1 green pepper
2 boxes of ice cream
1 bottle salad dressing
1 bag of Chips ahoy cookies
2 boxes pasta salad mix
Box of 10 juices boxes
2 tubes of toothpaste
2 bottles of laundry detergent
1 box of dryer sheets
Total cost – 145.23
By using manufacturers’ coupons, store coupons, and preferred savings I ended up paying: $61.55 resulting in a savings $83.68. That’s pretty significant.
That is a boatload of food and there is an awful lot of meat in that grocery list. Meat is the one thing that can kill my budget faster than you can say Summer Bar-b-ques, so I was surprised to be able to get that much meat for such a reasonable price.
Here’s the thing though, I got a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t normally buy during a weekly shopping trip (no one needs 9 bags of chips in one week) but if you are willing to invest a little time looking into the specials, matching coupons, and are willing and able to store some food items (those 9 bags of chips will take us well through the summer) then putting Shaws on your shopping list just might be a profitable move.
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