I live in a very large city & there are 3 of the very same grocery stores within a 5-mile radius of where I live. Will it do any good to check deals at each of those grocery stores or will one most likely have the same deals as the one around the corner? -Andrea
Great question, Andrea! I’d strongly suggest checking out all the stores that are within a 5-mile radius of your home, even if they are the same chain. Why? Well, here are three reasons:
1. Different stores have different markdown policies.
I’ve been amazed at the difference of markdown policies at our local Dillon’s stores. One store routinely marks things down at least $0.50 more than the other store. For instance, one store will mark down bagged salads to $1.69 while the other store will mark down the exact same salads to $0.99. By shopping at the store with lower markdowns, I can often save at least a few extra dollars each shopping trip.
2. Some stores are more coupon-friendly than others.
Stores in the same chain can vary widely in their friendliness toward coupons. Usually, if the manager is coupon-friendly, this will trickle down to all the staff. It will save you time and effort to shop at the store that is most accepting toward couponers.
3. Some stores have better stock than others.
If a store doesn’t keep their sale items in stock, it’s rather pointless to shop there regularly. Finding out which store in your area is the best at keeping their shelves stocked–especially when there’s a great deal or loss leader–can save you time and hassle.
Take Time to Investigate–and Then Shop With Confidence!
When you first move to an area (or are first starting to practice strategic shopping), take a few weeks or months to shop at different stores within a close radius of your home to check them out. After a few regular visits to different stores, you’ll probably have a good idea which one(s) are the best to routinely shop at. Once your investigative period is over with, you can streamline your life by doing all of your shopping at the store(s) you found to be the best.
Do you think it’s beneficial to check out all the stores in your area, even if they are the same chain? If so, why? I’d love to hear your thoughts!