Price Scrimmage Between the Supermarket and the Supercenter

October 12, 2011 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Shopping, Couponing
About a month ago, Super Walmart opened up in our town, and while itís now convenient to have this super center in our town, Iím still finding better deals at some local super markets.

Supermarkets vs. Supercenters

I decided to conduct a bit of an experiment this week and compared Super Walmart prices with the supermarket Logli/Schnucks where Iíve been doing a lot of my shopping since I started coupon shopping.

Here is what I bought at Logli last Thursday evening. This grocery store doubles coupons up to 55 cents. I also did some of my weekend shopping here, so youíll notice some items I did not have coupons for.

  • 3 boxes of Hamburger Helper @ $1 each (used $1 off 3 coupon)
  • 6 boxes of Green Giant boxed vegetables @ $1 each (used
  • 2-60 cent off 3 coupons)
  • 1 4-pack of Fiber One yogurt @ $2 (used a 50 cent off coupon which doubled)
  • 3 cans of Progresso soup @ $1 each (used $1 off 3 coupon)
  • 1 bag of Campfire marshmallows @ $2
  • 2 Nabisco Snack Pack Chips A-hoy @ $1 each
  • 1 large can of Schnucks brand pork and beans @ $1.49
  • 1 can of Schnucks brand Great Northern Beans @ 68 cents
  • 1 can of Schnucks brand kidney beans @ 68 cents
  • 4 boxes of Totinos pizza rolls @ $1 each (used 2- 40 cent off 2 coupons which doubled)
  • 2 bags of Krunchers potato chips @ $1.89 (used $1 off 2 coupon)
  • 1 Knorr brand Homestyle Chicken stock @ $2.99 (used $2 off coupon)
  • 3 Hot Pockets @ $2 each (used $1 off 3 coupon)
  • 2 lb bag of Schnucks brand brown sugar @ $1.55
  • 1 bag of Schnucks brand frozen peas @85 cents
  • 2 cans of Schnucks brand pumpkin $1 each
  • 3 cans of Campbells Cheddar Cheese Soup @ $1 each (used a
  • 40cent off 3 which doubled)
  • 2 cans of Campbells Soup at Hand $1 each (used 50cent off
  • 2 which doubled)
  • 1 package Sargento Cheese Sticks @ $3.99 (used 50 cent off which doubled)
  • 1 package Sargento Sliced Cheese @ $2.63 (used 50 cent off which doubled)
  • 2 6oz packages of fresh strawberries @ $2.50 each
  • 2 cans of Swanson white chicken $1.69 (used 75 cent off 2 coupon)
  • 1 loaf of Healthy Life bread $1.99 (used 35 cent off coupon which doubled)

My total at Logli came to $43.56 after tax and after $6 back in Catalinas to use this week!!! This store also has a loyalty card program which gives me discounts on fuel at Mobile stations, so even though a few things might have been more expensive, I was able to earn points on my card.

Monday morning, I made a trip to Super Walmart and this is what I found:

  • 3 boxes of Hamburger Helper @ $1.50 each (used $1 off 3 coupon)
  • 6 boxes of Green Giant boxed vegetables @ $1.52 each (use
  • 2-60 cent off 3 coupons)
  • 1 4-pack of Fiber One (they didnít have, so I used Activia to compare) $2.18 (use 50 cent off coupon)
  • 3 cans of Progresso soup @ $1.48 (use $1 off 3 coupons)
  • 1 package Campfire Marshmallows @ $2.98
  • 2 Nabisco Snack Pack Chips A-hoy @ $1 each
  • 1 large can of Great Value brand pork and beans @ $1.38 (the can I bought at Logli was actually bigger)
  • 1 can of Great Value brand Great Northern Beans @ 68 cents
  • 1 can of Great Value brand kidney beans @ 68 cents
  • 4 boxes of Totinos pizza rolls @ $1.50 each (used 2- 40 cent off 2 coupons)
  • 2 bags of Krunchers potato chips @ $2.68 (used $1 off 2 coupon)
  • 1 Knorr brand Homestyle Chicken stock @ $3.38 (used $2 off coupon)
  • 3 Hot Pockets @ $2 each (used $1 off 3 coupon)
  • 2 lb bag of Great Value brand brown sugar @ $1.48
  • 1 bag of Great Value brand frozen peas @ 98 cents
  • 2 cans of Libbys Pumpkin $1.68 (no store brand available)
  • 3 cans of Campbells Cheddar Cheese Soup @ $1.25 each (used a 40 cent off 3 coupon)
  • 2 cans of Campbells Soup at Hand $1.44 each (used 50 cent off 2 coupon)
  • 1 package Sargento Cheese Sticks @ $4.00 (used 50 cent off coupon)
  • 1 package Sargento Sliced Cheese @ $2.48(used 50 cent off coupon)
  • 2 6oz packages of fresh strawberries @ $2.50 each
  • 2 cans of Swanson white chicken $1.48 (used 75 cent off 2 coupon)
  • 1 loaf of Healthy Life bread $2.12 (used 35 cent off coupon)

My total at Super Walmart would have been $56.83 plus tax and after coupons.

Here's the comparison of the stores side-by-side:



As you can see some things were cheaper at Logli and with my coupons they were even a bigger discount (soup and Totinos pizza rolls). Some things were also more expensive, but after my coupons were doubled, they were actually cheaper or the same price as items at Walmart (Sargento products). So I had about a $13 dollar savings by shopping at a supermarket, which doesnít seem like a lot, but when you add it up over a year, it makes a huge difference on my grocery bill.

Bargain Buys

Target has some good $5 gift card offers going on this week. They also have 79 cent Tazo Tea (9-11 SS) 33 cent travel size Tide (10-2 P & G), 62 cent Gerber Graduates (after printable from coupons.com). Also select Suave products are as low as 92 cents (10-2 RP). Check out Walgreens for moneymaker Halls lozenges (9-18 SS), free Arrid deodorant, possible free Covergirl products (10-2 P &G), and $1.50 Listerine Smart Rinse (10-9 RP).


FatWallet tip: This post is part of an ongoing series of posts for the couponers and those who wanna be couponers! You may access all the posts on Shannen's author page. Please be sure to check out the grocery coupons and deals forum here on FatWallet to get great deals and connect with other couponers!
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October 12, 2011 | Posted By: FrugalFreak
Soon the grocery stores will close and you won't have a choice. Just wait. Here we have Winn-dixie, Publix and Walmart. ALL High and none offer double coupons.
October 12, 2011 | Posted By: mlissy4u
Very interesting article. Good to know. Yes, gives me yet another reason not to go to Walmart, I hate Walmart! Now another interesting comparison would be Logli vs. Aldi's. I am new to this whole grocery shopping thing, so I have no idea what's a deal and what's not. Wish me luck! :)
October 12, 2011 | Posted By: shaunalewis78
I certainly hope to continue to have options in grocery shopping, but I guess time will tell. I hope to do a comparison between Logli and Aldi sometime soon as well. I do know that some things are less expensive at Aldi, but I also know that by watching the sales and using my coupons at Logli or even Super Walmart, I'm able to get name brand items cheaper sometimes.
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