30 Ways In 30 Days – Shopping Aware - Day 10

mp900422368Warehouse Shopping

I have decided not to tackle the sticky subject of warehouse shopping vs. grocery store shopping today, but just want to share a small observation. My shopping is split up amongst Costco, Walmart and Natural Grocers (aka Vitamin Cottage). No, I don’t have an excel database consisting of every item I buy rounded to the last penny, but I do keep track in my mind of who has the best price among the three. The three store shopping dilemma is not only in an effort to save money but can also be attributed to the fact that not all of the stores have what I desire. Costco has bread, lots of bread and at great prices, but not Organic Sprouted Wheat Bread. Walmart has apples, lots of apples, but not Organic Fuji apples, ect. Whenever a client asks me the benefits of shopping at Costco, I tell my spinach story. There are several factors that go into this such as the membership fee, how often you shop there, blah blah. That is not where I am going with this, I am going towards the simple fact that I can buy 1 lb. of Organic Spinach at Costco for $3.99 or go to a grocery store where only the 5 oz version is available for $3.99. There are 16 oz in 1 lb.

Tell me what you would prefer?

Do you want to spend $3.99 for 5oz of Organic Spinach or 1lb of Organic Spinach?

In this case…Costco makes sense…but maybe not if all I’m buying there is a tub of spinach 2x per month. This is a discussion for another day.

Tip #10 Shop Around