Monday, August 27, 2007
My Grocery Experiment
I have always done my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. But, I have been growing weary of both the experience of the trip and the quality of the food available. So, I decided to conduct a little experiment this week.
There is another local grocery store that I always enjoy going in ~ you guessed it ~ less convenient and more expensive. I decided to do my grocery shopping there with the goal of spending the same amount I would have at Wal-Mart.
I prayed about it on the way over because I felt kind of guilty even trying it. What if it was so much more expensive that our money did not stretch as far? Was it worth the extra 15 minutes each way?
We pulled in and Emily spied her favorite kind of cart - you know the kind with the little car on front that she can sit in and steer?! So, she was excited right off the bat. Lots of retired people were shopping this particular morning and many stopped to talk to the girls and admire them. Every employee we encountered was friendly and helpful.
I found that some of their sale prices on name brand items were cheaper than the Wal-Mart brand comparable item. I looked for the best deals I could get. I even felt like it was such a provision when I found a "Try Me Free" bag of chicken!
In the end - I got everything I went in for (minus one item they did not carry) and my total was $4.00 less than my grocery budget for two weeks! I was thrilled.
The clerk helping bag my groceries did not ask if I needed help out - she just informed me that she was going to help me out. And, while I put the groceries in the car, she stood and held Rachel and both of them had a wonderful time smiling and giggling together. Who knows what a blessing that may have been in her day as well!
My conclusion is that while some items were a bit more expensive, others were less expensive on sale. And, the overall shopping experience was vastly more enjoyable. The girls were happy and pleasant when we left as well. The food is better quality and their produce is gorgeous! So, I left a very happy shopper who can't wait to go grocery shopping again!