Do you know if you’re being overcharged at the grocery store? With the advent of online shopping, there’s things you probably buy at the grocery store that you can now buy on Amazon, to save money on your budget. Contributor Andy Shuler takes a look at 11 commonly bought grocery list items and how the prices stack up vs. a grocery store like Kroger.
In the past I have written about how I used to literally go into a grocery store, look at the price of an item, and then look for that same item on my Amazon app on my phone, and purchase it whichever way was cheaper.
While this wasn’t always Amazon, more often than not, it was. A lot of times this involved buying in bulk, but who cares as long as you have the room to store it. I still do this frequently, and the fact that it’s delivered is an extra bonus.
I had an old boss that told me that grocery shopping is the most inefficient task ever. Think about it:
- Find Grocery List Item
- Put Item in Grocery Cart
- Take Item out of Cart to have scanned
- Put item back in cart
- Take Item out of cart to put in car
- Take Item out of car
Or, you can do this:
- Find Grocery List item on Amazon App and purchase
- Open box when it’s delivered
One of these options seems quite a bit easier… along with getting the potential savings.
I know that for this to work out, you will likely need to have Amazon Prime which is obviously not free, but I think a lot of people have Prime regardless of using it for their grocery list budget or not – this is simply another way to help justify that expense.
So, what can you actually buy online that will save you money on your budget?
For the most part, you’ll notice that it’s primarily CPGs (consumer product goods) that are commonly bought at a grocery store, but, let me show you!
I looked at items that I have personally budgeted for and bought (except the Huggies) in the last couple of months and pulled up prices for them on Amazon, AND looked at the grocery store that I frequent, Kroger.
Let’s take a look:
- Kroger – $2.99
- Amazon – $2.88
- Kroger – $7.99
- Amazon – $6.76
- Kroger – 4 for $5, or $1.25 each
- Amazon – 12 for $11.34, or $.95 each
- Kroger – 78 for $17.99, or $.23 per
- Amazon – 78 for $13.86, or $.18 per
- Kroger (Off Brand) – 6.25 oz. for $5.99, or .96/oz
- Amazon (McCormick) – 16 oz. for $9.99, or $.62/oz
- Kroger – 3.5 oz. for $3.29, or $.94/oz. Note that this was the best offer that Kroger had
- Amazon – 3 – 4.8 oz. containers for $8.97, or $.62/oz
- Kroger – 3.53 oz. for $17.99, or $5.10/oz.
- Amazon –3 oz. for $9, or $3/oz.
- Kroger – 14 total oz. for $5.79, or $.41/oz
- Amazon –42 total oz. for $16.02, or $.38/oz
- Kroger – 4 razors for $9.99, or $2.50/razor
- Amazon –15 razors for $21.99, or $1.47/razor
- Kroger – 5 bars for $9.99, or $2/bar
- Amazon –16 bars for $24, or $1.50/bar
- Kroger – 76 diapers for $24.99, or $.33/diaper
- Amazon –198 doctors for $46.70, or $.24/diaper
While each item savings might not seem that drastic, the total savings to my budget is rather large. I went through and completed a breakdown of each item, and then created a ‘Total Savings’ column that shows the amount saved when buying that item on Amazon instead of at a grocery store like Kroger.
To ensure that this was an apples to apples comparison, I made sure that the serving size was the same. For instance, with the Gatorade Bars, since the largest unit between Amazon and Kroger was 18 bars, I took the cost/bar of the lower item supplier and multiplied by 18.
To explain better…
So, in other words, if I bought 18 Gatorade bars at Kroger, I would have spent a total of $11.96 more than I would have by buying those same bars on Amazon. Below, I did that same comparison for all products.
As you can see, not necessarily a huge amount of savings, but when you consider that I buy all of these things (except Huggies) at least once every other month, that number quickly adds up to $441.78 ($73.63 X 6 purchases annually), or $331.32 ($55.22 X 6 purchases annually) if you exclude the Huggies.
I’ve even had people tell me that the money saved isn’t worth the time. Well, I did all of this between 6:09PM – 6:45PM, excluding the Cheeze Its and the Hefty bags which I did earlier in the day, so an average of 4 minutes/item.
So, 44 minutes essentially saved me $73.63, which is an hourly rate of $100/hour. If you make $100/hour, good for you. I’m jealous and I hate you (Kidding….kinda). If you don’t make that, then what’s your excuse?