Day Eight: Crush Costs: Buy Groceries at Drugstores
Hello dear friend,
How are you today? How’s your food bill for the month? I know, I know. It’s crazy expensive in those brightly lit, chilled grocery store aisles.
Everyone knows that drugstores charge more for nearly everything because they’re offering you convenience.
However, there are savings to be had.
I try to take a moment every weekend to scan the Walgreens ad. I’ve gotten some great deals by shopping sales for grocery staples at drugstores. Just be sure to check expiration dates on any products you buy.
Here are some of the sale prices I’ve gotten at Walgreens:
- .99 cream cheese ($1.99 is the usual price for house brands at the grocery store, the one in the silver box is even more!)
- .50 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth (.99 or more at the grocery)
- .99 dozen eggs ($3 at the grocery)
- $3.49 for a pound of bacon ($5.49 and up at the grocery)
- $1.99 for a 10-ounce can of peanuts (at least $3.99 at the grocery)
- $2.99 for 12-ounces bottles of honey (50 percent off)
- $1.49 for 4-pound bags of sugar (50 percent off)
- cereal (Fiber One) for $1.99 a box (50 percent off)
And last but not least, milk. Milk is more than a dollar cheaper at the drugstore than the grocery store where I am in Maine. I get a gallon of skim milk for $3.27 right now. A gallon of skim at the grocery store is closer to $4.50.
Note, you’ll need to sign up for a Walgreens Balance Rewards card if you don’t already have one. It’s not a credit card, just a card for them to track every purchase you make at Walgreens.
Keep in mind, that grocery prices tend to be higher in Maine than other parts of the country. Your sale prices may be different but I think you could still save by shopping drug store sales for basics.
Have you ever bought groceries at a drugstore? It seemed weird to me at first. But, as I’ve said before, I hate paying full price for anything, especially groceries. And $2 for a four-ounce brick of cream cheese? C’mon.
Come back tomorrow for another idea.