I just got back from my “monthly” Walmart stop. I really don't like grocery shopping much, so I do 1 big trip to Costco, 1 big trip to Wal Mart and only necessary as-needed visits in between. When I do go, I make it COUNT!
Here's how I saved today at Wal Mart:
Before going shopping I always log onto DealsToMeals.com first. I hate coupon-ing, I don't have the time, patience, nor will-power to drive to 10 different stores each week. D2M scours the ads for you, lists the best deals at each store, you make your grocery list, print it out, and price match everything at Wal Mart! (is how I do it, anyway.) ONE store, ONE stop, MAJOR savings. Me likey. Their membership is only $4.95/mo which I think is completely reasonable, you can cancel at any time. I'm a true believer in price matching, remember?
- Heading to my first destination I ran into this baby:
A discounted rack of goods. Always take a look!! Remember my love for the discounted bread isle
?? The deals weren't as good as I would've hoped this time, but I did get those tasty flavored waters at the bottom for a good price.
Next I hit up the baby section. I needed a few things, but I try to stop here anyway just to check out the clearance. I found this awesome rack:
And got some super cute (and surprisingly nice for Wal Mart…) cargo pants for $3, and I bought that monkey 2piece outfit to save for a baby gift. Two pieces? $3? Yes puh-lease.
Next I spotted this guy. Pants and sweatshirts for $1. My son sleeps in sweats so $1 sweats is a good deal. They had this girl rack + a big boy rack. The boy rack wasn't marked as $1, but I took a girl pair to the front and she rang the boy ones up as $1 too. Remember to take action and ask
for the deal! They might just give it to you, and probably will!
Thanks to D2M I spotted this amazing price-match deal: Kraft 18oz BBQ sauce (any flavor) on sale at Smiths for just $0.69 each!! AHH!! STOCK UP FOR YOUR LIVES, PEOPLE!! That's a crazy-good deal! The usual price is $1.22ea.
Even the no-name brand cheap-o stuff is more.
I wish now I would've bought more, honestly.
Oh well. Anyway, next I hit up the produce section. Wal Mart does NOT have the best produce, I'll be the first to admit it. But if you're there anyway, might as well get what you need, right?
Thanks to price-matching here are the deals I got:
Cilantro reg $0.54 each, got 4 for $0.99
Mangoes reg $1.18 each, got for $0.50 each (they were big, yummy looking ones too)
Oranges reg $0.48 each, price-matched at 6lb for $0.99
! Yes, this is for real! It's from Rancho Markets
, my favorite little secret.
**UNFORTUNATELY they wouldn't price-match this one, I got a strict cashier. Apparently Rancho sells them in 6lb bags, and Wal Mart just sells them loose, so they couldn't honor it. If there had been a male checker I would've gotten him to price-match it, not even kidding. Oh well, next time.
Not that I'm profiling, but male checkers could care less and will nearly always price match ANYTHING, no questions asked!
It was a great shopping day, if you ask me. I didn't use any coupons, I was in and out in 30 minutes, I got everything I needed, and guess what? I saved $43.11 on my bill, just by price-matching and by buying the clearance items. My total bill was $88.14 so I saved 1/2 on my bill by doing virtually nothing!
So now are you a believer?
This isn't a one-time bonus shopping trip or anything, this has definitely happened before…like, every time I shop. Seriously. Maybe I pay more than coupon-ers do, but for me, my time is more valuable and my sanity 🙂
So that's how I do it!
Good luck to you next time you price-match 🙂