I am always looking for ways to save at the grocery store. I once attended a seminar on how to get your groceries for ridiculously cheap, sometimes free. It involved cutting tons of coupons, checking out lots of circulars, buying in bulk and traveling all over town to different stores. As much as I would love to get $160 worth of groceries for $5.75, I don’t have the time or energy for all that.
My tip is much simpler, but probably won’t save you near as much. It will save you some though and here at The Diaper Diaries, every nickel counts. I am a coupon cutter, but sometimes coupons are confusing. Like, is it a good deal to save $0.40 on 3 things of dish-washing detergent. It could be. The price on groceries isn’t really what matters. It is the price per unit that tells you if you are getting a good deal. This tells you how much each item costs per pound, ounce, stick, whatever.
Thankfully, most grocery stores make this easy for you these days. If you look at the tiny print on the price label on the shelf below the item, it usually list this. If not, a calculator can figure it out for you. Sometimes, the bigger package is cheaper, but sometimes it isn’t. Often times the store brand is cheapest, but sometimes if a name brand is on sale, it’s cheaper. Sometimes the coupon saves you money, but if another brand is cheaper without the coupon, the coupon ain’t doin’ you no good.
The point is, the price per unit is key and will help keep you frugal at the grocery store. You may also save yourself some gas in not having to chase all over town trying to find the best deal on toilet paper.