I have read several posts over the past year regarding some people's complete and utter loathing for Wal-mart. Personally, I like Wal-mart. And, if you are like me, and do 99% of the grocery shopping in your family, you find what ever ways possible to save money in this area.
It seems to me there are several methods for saving money on groceries. First, is the coupon method. That means I have to get the Sunday paper every week, sit down and pour over all the coupons; decide which ones I will use now or later; clip them; save them; and go through the whole lot each time I make my gocery list. It wears me out just thinking about it. You can just use them regularly or wait until your store of choice has double or triple coupons. I have saved a ton doing this in the past. But, I'm not sure we even ate all of the groceries. Some days it was about the great deal I got.
Secondly, you can just base your menu for that week on what is on sale. I was never good at this. I have a rhythm with my menu planning. The meals have to go in a certain order, and we rarely have a dish twice a month. (With a few exceptions.) Again, this just doesn't work for me. Not to mention the fact, that to get the great deal, you have to have one of their stupid cards. Which brings me to 2A. I DISPISE the frequent shopper card.
"I'm sorry, we are in the process of moving. I can't locate my card."
"Oh, that's terrible! Let me just have your phone number."
"Nope, not under that one.
"Nope, not that one either." (We have changed numbers a couple of times in the past 5 years)
"Don't you just have an emergency card you can swipe? I really don't want to pay an extra twelve dollars for my goceries today because you don't have my blood type on file."
"Sorry, we're not allowed to do that anymore."
"Good gravy, just give me a new thing to fill out."(I was nice to her since I know it isn't her policy.)
Did I mention I DISPISE those stupid cards?
The third method is buying in bulk. I don't recommend this unless you have a large family and even larger freezer and extra fridge. I save so much money at Costco and Sam's I'm broke by the end of the trip. I do love those stores though!
The last method, and the best in my opinion, is shop at Wal-mart supercenter. No cards, low prices on almost everything and no cards. You can even use the coupon if that works for you and save a little more. But, the nice thing is that I don't have to. I can go in, pick up all my groceries, a pair of socks at a reasonable price, and not blow my whole grocery budget.
I went to Tom Thumb this morning. I love Tom Thumb for the clean store, nicely kept shelves and fabulous customer service. Everyone today was so nice. Helped me when my bag of frozen veggies popped open and even loaded my goceries into the car. I really contemplated whether or not I would make the switch---until I remembered every item was about .20-.30 more--even if it was on sale.
So, I will stick with my Wal-Mart. Like the saying goes, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Or, extra cash in pocket is worth a new outfit, or something fun for the house, or a dinner out, or...