I ran out of vitamins so I went to my stock pile to get another bottle and noticed something dramatic. The bottle of Vitamins I got at Meijers, was $7.49. The same bottle, I purchased at Rite Aid was $11.99. Wow, what a price difference! I know I didn’t pay $11.99, but it is a good lesson to point out.
If you are just starting out couponing, you will find that drugstores have higher prices on their items. They also don’t carry a log stock of every item either (and why you will notice that they are out of items that are on sale quickly). They may only have what is on the shelf and nothing more until the next delivery truck comes. Drug stores also limit quantities of purchase because of their lower stock as well.
Grocery stores and big box stores will have more items than drugstores. You can price match at Walmart. It is usually easier to do this, rather than go to multiple stores, and will save you gas. When I go to Walmart, I will let the cashier know up front that I have some items I want to price match (and will have them at the end of my order). I have my order all written down what the price match cost is and the store that we are matching with to help with the checkout (and if it’s a great deal, I’ll take my ad should they dispute it).
To make things easier on you as you coupon, look at the items you regularly purchase and write down the prices from the store. Then compare the price at the other local stores. This will help you know when an item goes on sale, where your best deal to get them from will be to get the greatest savings.
Soup may be on sale at a store for .80 a can, but regular price at the grocery store may be .50, so not much of a sale or savings.
Be a savy shopper and don’t get sucked into the word SALE!