The matter how you look at it, your receipt is your bottom line. Whether or not you can make it on the cheap, depends on what you buy. . It's the plain and simple truth.
I am in possession of two grocery receipts. My weekly trip and someone else's. To be fair, I don't know the situation of the person buying from the specialty store. This is just all about choices.
My trip to QFC
I am dictating this because I still have a broken arm. QFC was my store of choice this week. He could have just as well have been any of the other three chain stores I frequently at times.
3 lbs cheese 10.00
2 drinks @.88
4 blueberries 5.00
2 Tillamook ice cream @3/10
1fresh strawberries 2.50
1sour cream 1.00
1 -4.5 lb chicken
10 Yoplait yogurt
Less coupons on 1.00 each for ice cream netted 2.33 ea, .50 on toothpaste netted .50 ( women's shelter )
.40 on Yoplait netted 3.60 for 10. ( .36 each)
Total 33.66 less .26 tax and .50 toothpaste is 32.90.
Receipt from the specialty store
Cinnamon apple sticks 2.49
Peanut butter crackers 2.69
Apple sauce email@example.com
Cooked brown rice 5.07
Apple juice .44
Almost the same in bottom line.