Show Me the Money!
I have done tons of price comparing in my 7 years as a wife. There are loads of websites out there on couponing and finding out the best deals are in your area. This is not one of those websites. I really admire couponers, but I don’t have the time for it even with lots of websites doing the lion’s share of the work for you. What I’ve done, though, is price shop the grocery store and household items that I buy frequently, as well as the baby items I buy. Below are my findings and tips…
When I first moved here, I went to Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club to price compare. I know many people hate Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club and all that they stand for. I kind of do too, but I can’t afford to not shop there. I have to pick my battles! When I compared 20 items that I buy with great frequency, Sam’s Club was cheaper on every single one except for…Splenda of all things. It was a penny more per ounce at Sam’s than at Wal-Mart. I began to buy all of the items that Sam’s Club sells that I would have previously purchased at a discount superstore like Wal-Mart. I don’t have specific numbers, but I am certain that I’ve saved more than the $40 membership cost me. Costco is opening up in my neighborhood, so you better believe I’ll have a Sam’s Club vs. Costco article coming soon!
What I haven’t done yet is compare Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club to Target now that I have the Target Red Card. With the Target Red Card you get 5% off of every purchase every time. It is totally free. You simply need a checking account to connect it to to qualify. You can also hook it up to a school or charity of your choice and a percentage of what you spend is donated to that organization. I highly recommend signing up for one if you ever shop at Target. There’s nothing to lose as far as I can see!
As I wrote in the “What should I register for?” article, once my babies are out of their newborn diapers, my first priority is diapers that don’t leak, and my second priority is price. I have found the best diaper prices at Sam’s Club–they range from 16-20 cents per diaper including Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, and the generic brand. I’m not particular about brand (obviously), just price and effectiveness, and I’ve been really happy with the Sam’s Club brand called Simply Right. It’s also great to have the option to buy them in bulk because I go through them so quickly with a baby and a toddler. Aside: I am potty training my toddler so I hope to be only buying one size very soon! (Update: As of February 2013, Sam’s Club has changed their Simply Right diapers. Every time my baby has a dirty diaper, it leaks out the side! Do not buy them any more. Go with Luvs brand through Amazon Mom – see the next paragraph – if you’re interested in a good diaper at the best price.)
I recently subscribed to Amazon Mom. With Amazon Mom, you get 20% off of diapers and wipes when you Subscribe And Save. That means the diapers are automatically mailed to you on a scheduled babies. You can easily skip a delivery, too, if you have a surplus. This way, you never run out! You also get free (LOVE that word) 2-day shipping on tons of the items, although not everything. With Amazon Mom’s Subscribe and Save, the cost per diaper for Luvs is the same as the Sam’s brand. Unless I spaz out and skip an order prematurely, I have been using Amazon Mom over Sam’s for diapers because then I don’t have to haul a giant box of diapers in and out of my grocery cart, car, and house.
I’m not picky about wipes either. I just want them to be big enough to clean up toddler-size messes and not tear. The Sam’s brand wipes fit the bill! I think they’re about two cents per wipe while Amazon Mom’s Subscribe and Save diapers start are 3 cents each. Over the course of 7 years of changing diapers (and using wipes to clean up tons of other messes), those pennies have added up!
One of my newest discoveries about Sam’s Club is that you can place your order online and have them pull everything for you through their Click ‘n’ Pull service for free. So, say you have all 4 of your kids with you, you just run in, get your cart already filled with your items, and check out. Voila! No temper tantrums! No fighting about who gets to ride in the cart! Okay, it’s not that miraculous, but it definitely cuts down on time spent in the store. There are some items that, for whatever reason, you can’t add to your Click ‘n’ Pull order, but they are few and far between.
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