The rural area I live in has pretty limited grocery store choices: Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, and Walmart Super Center. But if I work these three places, along with the drug store chain specials, I can do pretty good with our grocery shopping. Its something I have to stay on top of. It means checking the sales papers every week, organizing coupons, making grocery lists for menus based on sale items and coupons, and knowing what the best price for each item is. If I want to travel 25 miles or more I could go to a Kroger or Harris Teeter, but the cost of gas would offset any savings, unless I was already in that area.
There are certain items I always try to buy at Walmart because they are consistently cheaper there. Usually their store brand. Meat is usually cheaper at Piggly Wiggly. Food Lion has the best sales and marked down meat.
Today I purchased enough laundry detergent to last about 9 months at Food Lion. Purex Laundry Detergent was on sale at Food Lion for buy one get one free, including the "new" Natural Elements Concentrate, 32 load size. I had six $1.00 coupons for these, which brought the price down to $1.19 each. I also had several coupons for $1.00 off two of the regular Purex 24 load in the blue jug. This wasn't as good a deal, so I only bought 4 with a final cost of $1.69 each.
I have also found that you can use less of the detergent per load, especially if the clothes aren't that dirty, so this laundry detergent may last me even longer than 9 months.
All of the laundry detergent fit on the bottom shelf of the table in the pantry/laundry room nook! In the basket underneath are sweet potatoes. I cooked sweet potato souffle yesterday! Yummy!
I also bought 2 gallons of milk on sale at Walgreens for $3.69 and have frozen one of them. I've never frozen milk before and would like to see how it works out before investing in any more
An anonymous commenter reminded me that batteries are a good thing to have on hand in the winter. So hopefully I can purchase a supply of batteries, especially "D"s with coupons and on sale.