Becoming Debt Free in 2009

February 11, 2009

Big Announcement!!!

Filed under: Budget,Food,Frugal,Shopping — ambercouric @ 10:17 am
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I can’t really make the announcement until tomorrow but I just wanted everyone to get prepared for it.

Now a question for all of you.  How do you balance saving money (shopping at the cheapest places) vs supporting your community (shopping at locally owned usually more expensive places)?

I try to shop locally.  But lately I have considered doing mail order for prescriptions and contacts.  I could shop at a chain pet store and a cheaper grocery store and the list goes on.   So how do you balance the whole shop locally thing?  In all, I’m talking about saving $150 – $200 a month without shopping Wal-Mart.  If I shopped Wal-Mart that number would increase another couple hundred dollars.  I will say I’m not willing to shop at Wal-Mart.  In this economy a couple hundred dollars is a lot of money and I would like to find a balance.

Do you shop the cheapest stores?  Shop mostly local? Or a combination of the two?



  1. I shop at local chain stores and I buy fruits, vegetables, and dairy that is “Produced in Colorado”. I also visit a dairy that is a few miles down the road for cheese and milk. I can’t find everything, I just try to pick locally first.

    Comment by Movingonup! — February 11, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  2. We have to shop at Wal-Mart since its very close to our house, 2 miles! and that saves us money… we’ve tried other grocery stores and we always spend a little more.

    Wal Mart is probably not the best company/employer around but they’re always hiring and prices are low.

    Comment by HS — February 11, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  3. I think I do a bit of both, I buy my meat and fruit from local small shopkeepers, mainly because the quality (and conversation!) is just better, but for basic household supplies I buy the cheapest from aldi

    Comment by louise — February 11, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  4. Like most people, I do both. I live in a really small town about 200 miles from the nearest mall/Walmart, etc., so not shopping locally means ordering online. Sometimes that’s necessary simply because what I’m looking for isn’t available locally. If what I’m looking for is available locally I try to buy it here. I know most of the people who own the shops here, which makes it even more personal. Having said that, it’s just like the issue of buying organically or cheaply. You do the best you can. I was in the local health food store the other day and their deodorant was $9! I can’t spend $9 on deodorant, even if it is better for me; even if it supports that little shop. Oh, sorry, I digress. The only clothing store in my town is very pricey and I flat can’t afford to shop there. So, like everyone, I do the best I can

    Comment by SimplyForties — February 11, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  5. I really like our local employee owned Sav-a-lot. The hours are inconvenient for me since they close early, but I’m casting my “consumer vote” by not shopping wal-mart. Not only are prices better, but their customer service blows wal-mart out of the water.

    Comment by hustler — February 11, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

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