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Old 01-01-2016, 07:37 PM
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I totally forgot about Amazon pantry. Thank you! I did order quite a bit tonight, things I was out of & things they don't have here.

Still have to go & buy frozen things & eggs, but can go to my favorite store, which is smaller but supports so many nonprofits that I would rather give them the money as opposed to larger stores.

It's going to make things a lot easier for me as I have a hard time with my disability to shop. Not just the buying, but then bringing it inside once I'm home.
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:01 PM
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I just browsed Amazon food offerings, might be because I'm in the Houston market but every single thing I came across is cheaper at the Walmart literally across the street.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:39 AM
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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It's great that it's close to you. Ours is about 15 miles away from me. It's 9 miles to town but then it's at the other end. I have a hard time walking so it makes a big difference if I can have things shipped to me and I only have to pick up a few things. If it was close, I would probably shop there rather than do Amazon.

I'll tell you, this getting old stuff is not fun!
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:54 PM
Location: SW Florida
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We shop at krogers and meijers for 90% of grocery and household items. They have great sales, and we normally only buy whats on a good sale. I also use dollar tree for cleaning supplies and misc things. We have looked and compared with Aldis but always find them more expensive.

We try to avoid walmart at ALL costs but occasionally will get their cheesecake (yum) and bottled water is best deal. We had 2 bad encounters last year. One a self scan worker and other management. Theres been more. Its amazing how all walmarts are about the same with employees and customers. However, I cannot believe amazon is cheaper overall then walmart. Wouldnt be for us.. guess it depends what you buy..
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:47 PM
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I find that Amazon Pantry is mucho expensive, compared to what I can get in stores. For example, Starbucks 12 oz ground coffee is about $8 at Target, and I can use coupons or also buy them on sale for $6. Amazon Pantry's price is about $12-$13, incl. shipping (Prime). I've found those expensive items on a number of prices I've checked in the past year.

As for Amazon PRIME, shipping isn't really free. If you look at dvds and non-perishables, there will be alternate sellers selling the item for non-Prime customers, which of course has a shipping charge. The price will be the same. Prime will have an item for $10.00 incl. shipping. Other sellers will sell it for $6.00 plus $4.00 shipping.

If you look at the coffee example above, that's what the price of that coffee is: the real cost of the coffee, plus a shipping fee (only the shipping fee isn't separately identified, because it's "Prime").

I shop at several stores and buy different things at each. I am a member of Sam's Club and know the good deals there. Example: My face cream (Roc) is about half price there (comes in a package of two tubes). That's cheaper than I can get it elsewhere, even on sale and with a coupon. Big box of MilkBone bones is a good deal. Cheese is half price there ($2.50/lb vs $5/lb in other stores).

I've been to the Dollar store several times, but there weren't many things there that I use or eat. And what I saw wasn't exactly cheap. I haven't been to the other Dollar store, though, that opened up, so I'll check that out.

I shop at Target food section, WalMart, Sam's Club mainly...with some things from the local Minyards. I don't make a special trip to WalMart, thoug, since it doesn't have the best prices anymore. Sam's Club baked chickens - $5.00 (they're $8 at Minyards). Toilet paper - best price is at Target, preferably on sale and/or with a coupon (Angel Soft). Big box of Green Tea bags organic - Sam's Club. Pet treats and food - Target mainly, some Sam's Club stuff. Target beats WalMart's prices on pet stuff.

Coffee is a staple. I'll buy just about any brand, as long as it's on sale or I have a coupon, or both.

I don't know what people are doing to get into confrontations with clerks. I rarely speak to clerks at the stores. I just go in, do my shopping, pay and leave. Most of the stores in my area are newish, so maybe that makes a difference w/the experience.

I love a good deal. I really look for and use coupons for things I'll buy, anyway. I got $4 off with a coupon for the last bag of dog kibble I bought (the regular brand I buy)!

A penny saved is a penny earned, they say. It adds up.

Still, I need to work on getting my grocery/household bill down more. Maybe I'll check out that new Dollar store, and read the ads for stores more diligently.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:08 AM
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SO, OP, don't shop at WALMART, but don't call it a "budget" thread!

Did it ever occur to you that YOU are PART of any exchange with a manager or employee? Perhaps you are PART of the problem?

I don't have any problems at our WM Supercenter, there is one so close the minivan's heater isn't even outputting heat by the time I get there, unless i let it sit and warm up. Takes about 7 minutes to get there.

I go at about 5-6AM for a reason. No/low crowds, plenty of handicapped parking for me, and I can get in and get out faster. The manager is a nice guy, who is out and about with his crew deciding what to do in the store for the day. He is pleasant enough, but maybe because I only catch him first thing before he is mired with complaining customers who have nothing to do but complain here on City-data.

There ARE things I cannot buy at the dollar store which I can at WM. AND I DON'T trust the "off brands" or "day old" or "about to expire" Dollar store foods. I just don't.

WHat I DO DO, {at WM] is HAVE to watch my spending as I see things we need, could use, etc and tend to buy more than I intended!

I also shop at several stores in the area to get great prices. I don't think Aldis meat is so great, I don't like it. ANd to the complainer there about the cart charge...unless you are to lazy to walk it back to the shed, then YOU GET YOUR QUARTER BACK.

I am lucky we are surrounded by about any store I want here, WM, Target, BB&B, Best Buy, Aldi, Wegman's Price Chopper, SHop Right, Big Lots, etc etc etc. The new house we just bought is in the thick of it so to speak, all being in about a 10 minute or less radius.

Now, speaking of WM, as I just got out of the hospital, and MOH has drained the fridge, I have some shopping to do...it is 6:07 am, and I can make it quick!

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Old 01-19-2016, 03:16 PM
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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Originally Posted by Linda_d View Post
Make a shopping list and stick to it. Check the sales at other supermarkets and adjust your menus/shopping list to coincide. One trick that my step mother taught me years and years ago is that when non-perishables are on sale, buy extra so that you don't have to buy them when they're not on sale. Things like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc are all good candidates for this. For example, I have paid full price for ERA laundry detergent in probably 20 years.

BTW, I almost never shop at Walmart, especially for grocery items. Walmart just flat out can't compete with our local Wegmans or Tops Markets for selection, quality or just plain pleasant shopping experience, including pleasantness of staff (and grocery shopping is not my favorite pasttime!).
About the only actual advice so far

Budgeting is not a strong point. Yet

I have started making lists of the common item prices atat area stores. Pub!ix remains the highest. But Public is also most convenient.

coffee is already a challenge. So far I found a brand I like on Amazon. For 60 cup not really frugal.
Making a list has helped not only in cost perhaps but in meal planning. We have. Not repeated the same menu all month.
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