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I never go to the big box (Sam's) store without my calculator. I do the UNIT price on everything before it goes into the buggy. For example, I got green beans (Green Giant brand) for 40 cents per can the other day. They run approx $1 per can at my local grocery. So, I stocked up. I can almost ALWAYS get paper towels for half off per UNIT (or roll) at Sam's and same for TP. However, I almost NEVER get a good deal on trash bags, zip bags, or laundry detergent. I also can get 2X the cat litter for the price of my local Walmart and I get 3lb of coffee for the 2 lb price if I'm at Sam's.
Recently, too, I was at the meat counter and a lady there got a pork loin (very large) and had them slice it into "chops" which cost her far less per pound than the chops there or at my grocery. Also, I find that Sams meat is sliced very thick compared with how I usually fix it. Since a single serving is the size of a deck of cards, this usually means it's twice that thick. Therefore, I bring it home, hubby cuts it in half, and we have twice the amount for half the price.
AND I want to echo all the poster's that say by going to the store less, you spend less. I almost never go to the grocery more than twice a month (mostly it's once a month). We're four adults (kids are 23 adn 20 yet live here due to economy and college). Yet, our food budget is only about $300/month unless I go more often, then it almost doubles.
I also "shop my pantry" before I shop the grocery. That means that I take a serious look in my pantry BEFORE I go to the grocery to see if there's some other way I can use what's here before I purchase anything new.