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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Is it really cheaper to but things at Walmart instead of using great coupons at regular grocery stores?  Where do you save the most money?


One of the first things we need to figure out in saving money is what store in the best store to be shopping in.  Sadly many of us have grown up thinking that this is a big box supercenter.  It’s been a while since I did a comparison for you so I thought it about time to show the breakdown again.

I’m pretty sure the numbers will speak for themselves on the savings that you get shopping in a grocery store.  I walked Walmart the other day and compared their “always low prices” with Publix and Bi-Lo Buy One Get One sale prices.

If you are new to this, start at the learn to coupon page to learn all about using coupons.

With Coupons
Bi-Lo – B1G1 sale items & coupons: $65.09
Walmart – Same items with same coupons: $107.05
(you save $41.96 in Bi-Lo!)

Publix – B1G1 sale items & coupons: $44.12
Walmart – Same items with same coupons: $69.93
(you save $25.81 in Publix!)

A few notes:
1.  Bi-Lo was having a huge B1G1 list this week which does account for the larger purchase and larger savings over Publix.
2.  Where a store had a house brand B1G1 a similar Walmart house brand price was found.
3.  Remember with most Walmart stores not doubling coupons and not accepting competitor or store coupons, that the coupon savings in a grocery is always better!
4.  Obviously you aren’t going to buy every single B1G1 item, this is just a way to show the numbers.

For many of you that are just starting you still wonder is it better to shop at Walmart if I don’t have any coupons?  The answer is yes and no.  For most deals without coupons your Walmart will price match other stores sales.  So I could get almost every deal at Walmart for the same price as the grocery store.  Remember that they will not price match any B1G1 deal that doesn’t have a price listed.

It is eye opening to see that even if you don’t use coupons, the grocery store sale price already beats the Walmart price!!

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Without Coupons
Bi-Lo – B1G1 sale items, no coupons: $81.37
Walmart – Same products, no coupons:  $115.83
(you save $34.46 to shop in Bi-Lo or price match)

Publix – B1G1 sale items, no coupons: $59.31
Walmart – Same products, no coupons: $83.71
(you save $24.40 to shop in Publix or price match)

I don’t share this so that we can all spend the next day bashing walmart, I just want you to see the numbers.  I hope this helps you see just how great buying items on sale can be towards saving money!  We don’t want to just make a list and run in to buy what we need, but wait for the best time to buy the items we will use.

If you are interested in learning more about how to shop sales and coupon at grocery stores, check out the Learn to Coupon page to get started!