Have you ever wondered why saving fifty cents on a box of cereal even matters? It can seem a bit ridiculous, cutting out coupons or spending time searching through the prices to save such tiny amounts.
I’ll break down why it really does matter, and why spending time comparison-shopping actually saves you a ton of money.
Stick with me, this is actually going to save you a lot of money, and you can use that money you save to buy actually fun stuff, instead of boring groceries!
Say you get a lot of groceries. Here’s the list of things you need to get:
Okay, now let’s say you pay normal prices for each of those-
Eggs: $2.30 for a dozen large brown eggs
Milk: $7.76 for 2 half-gallons of organic
Granola bars: $10.56 for 4 boxes of 6 (24 total)
Cereal: $10.68 for 4 12oz boxes, 48oz total
Toothpaste: $5.44 for a tube
Bananas: $4.96 for 2 12oz banana chips bags, 24oz total
Bottled water: $8.92, four packs of 8
Bread: $2.68 for garlic loaf, 11oz
Cheese: $8.44 for 2 16-oz blocks (total of 32oz)
Total cost: $61.74
Now, say you get cheaper alternatives and/or buy larger quantities-
Eggs:$1.54 for a dozen extra-large white eggs
Milk: $6.98 for a gallon of organic
Granola bars: $3.98 for box of 24 bars
Cereal: $5.98 for 50oz
Toothpaste: $3.17 for a tube
Bananas: $2.50 for 5 bananas (a total of 20 ounces)
Bottled water: $4.98, pack of 32
Bread: $2.00 for garlic loaf, 16oz
Cheese: $6.97 for 32-oz block
Total cost: $38.10
Whoa!! Getting things in bigger quantities and from cheaper brands actually saved $23.64! That’s enough to pay for at least 4 Starbucks drinks, right? (Or, if you buy creamer and coffee and sweeteners in bulk and make your own, at least 20 drinks, hint hint…..)
So, it really does make sense!
(All prices used came from actual store prices.)