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You may be surprised to discover how different each grocery store is in terms of prices. If you are doing one large shop for the family per week, then you may find that the difference between two shops can be as much as $100 per week! This is an incredible difference and all families will prefer to save $100 per week by shopping at the right place.

So how can you find your local grocery stores with the lowest prices? One way is to shop at all the different stores in your area once per week. Try to buy similar items each week (meat, veggies and fruits, diapers, milk, eggs, bread, lunch stuff, snacks, etc) and see how much you are spending. While you can expect to have different bills each week, most families will spend around the same amount per week and buy similar items when shopping.

By test driving each grocery store you can get an accurate idea of how much you are spending. You may find that the shop closest to your house comes with a week bill of $200 while the shop five minutes away comes with a total of $170 for similar items. You may be happy to drive the extra five minutes to save $30 per week or you may prefer to stick to the convenient location.

Another one of the ways to choose what store to shop in each week is to check the local specials. However, this is only a good idea if you usually buy the product. Don't buy something just because it is on special, unless of course these are items that can be used in preparation for adverse weather or other disasters you decide to prepare for.

Most grocery stores will have a catalogue each week with specials which can include half off on some items as well as meat and veggies on special each week. You can easily browse through each catalogue for a few minutes the night before you go shopping to see what stores have your regular items on special. This can certainly make a difference at the final checkout on your pricing.

Cost VS Convenience

Of course, costs are not the only thing to consider when you are choosing a grocery store. If time is of the essence, then you might be happy to pay $40 more per week if it means you can get the shopping done in half the time. Furthermore, some grocery stores stock better and fresher items, such as deli, meats and fruits, than others, which is also an important part of the shopping process. Also, the layout of the grocery store will also make a difference to where you choose to shop. Having to battle through disorganized aisles can take much longer and make shopping much more stressful than it needs to be.

Furthermore, many grocery stores also come with several other features as well. For example, you may like to rent out a movie at the same time you are shopping or order in a pizza which would mean it is more convenient to shop at the store that has these stores located nearby. Some grocery stores also feature photo shops, pharmacies, clothing department stores and liquor stores which makes it more convenient for those running a number of errands at once.

While finding local grocery stores with low prices is important, this shouldn't be the only thing on your mind. Make sure you are happy with the service and the selection of the shop as well. After all, paying less for your groceries is important but not if it means you need to sacrifice the level of quality of food you are feeding your family.

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