Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Price Comp List 12/26

Hello, everyone!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and had the chance to spend some time with the ones you love (and saved some money on your groceries beforehand!).  The next time the list comes out it will be a whole new year.  I have set a few resolutions for myself: 1) recycle- we don't currently but why not start now?, 2) go to the gym regularly- I am pretty good at this anyway but I want to continue it throughout next year, 3) to be a better Aunt and send all my nieces/nephews birthday cards- I have been slacking... and last but not least 4) to UNPLUG and be more present with my family.  With the exception of Wednesdays (comp list day, duh!) I do not want my children to see me on the computer a lot or checking my phone every 2 seconds like I do now! This one will take time, that is for sure.  Anyway, I hope you are successful with your goals for the new year!

And I FINALLY got my grade for my project that I did over the comp list.  I got a B+.  Definitely passing but I was really hoping/trying for an A.  I may share the paper on my blog soon!

The ads for this week were okay but the ads that are the "Sunday" ads (Target, Kmart, Alco, etc.) were disappointing. Some stores didn't even have one posted (as of right now, anyway) for this week.  I think things should be back to normal after this week.  I will also be checking into each store's policies as I know some have changed! Once the holidays are over and things are back to normal I will get everything updated!

Anyway, Happy New Year! See you in 2013!



Hyvee (12/26-1/01):

Dillons (12/26-1/01):

Country Mart (12/26-1/01):         

Moons (12/26-1/01):

Baldwin City Market (12/26-1/01):

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Price Comps 12/19-12/25

Hello everyone!

I haven't been writing much lately because things have been so crazy but I figured I would take a few extra minutes today and share some of my favorite tips.  I know that the list has grown quite a bit since the last time I shared these so hopefully they will help some people out!

I think I will first share my very favorite tip- garage sale stickers.  On one of your trips to the store, purchase a package of them- they are only like $1.00! Then, the next time you are in Walmart and are price comping your groceries, use them.  Find the item you are wanting to purchase, write the price on the garage sale sticker and stick it right to that item.  It will help both you AND the cashier when you are checking out! I have 2 little ones and they are usually having a meltdown right a checkout time so I can now try to keep them happy rather than try to keep track of the comp prices.

Another important tip- know Walmart's policy on price comping.  I always attach it to the email each week and knowing it can really help you out.  Once in a while you may be told you are wrong for one thing or another so knowing your policy will help if you have to argue.  

One last thing- check to see if your store matches store brand items before you shop.  If they do then great! Load up on the great deals.  If not, then it's unfortunate but pretty common.  It is in Walmart's policy that they do not match private brand labels but some stores are nice enough to allow it (only about 1/4 of the stores allow it still).  It is also subject to change- one store may allow it for a while and then change their policy without any notice.

I am also attaching a new document that tells you where the stores that I look up are located.  If they are out of your Walmart's price matching radius (you can look at the other document I have attached- What are the comp rules at my store?) then you might see if they have a location closer to you!  Many of the stores have several locations around the state.


PS: One more quick thing... As I was looking up the ads this week I noticed the Checkers ad was a bit different.  They have a monthly and a weekly ad.  If you click on the monthly ad, down at the bottom right hand corner it says "If you see a lower locally advertised price, bring the ad in and Checkers will match it."  I plan on calling and seeing what their policy is! But it is great that more stores are willing to ad match!



Moon's (12/19-12/25):
Checkers (12/19-12/24):

Thriftway (12/19-12/24): Ad was not up when I made the list this week!

Baldwin City Market (12/19-12/24):


Save-a-lot: No ad was on their site!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's Comp List Day!! 12/12-12/18

Hello, everyone!

When price comping your groceries this week be sure to pay attention to the dates that the ads are valid for! There are a couple sales thrown in there that are only good for 2, 4 or 5 of the days. Most of the deals go for this whole week but a few are for a limited time only!

I don't have much else to say this week- if I think of anything else I will post it on here!

Happy shopping!

  Emily Graves


Moons (12/12-12/18):

Baldwin City Market (12/12-12/18):

Red X (12/12-12/18):

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Comp List 12/05-12/11

Hello again, everyone! 

I don't have too much to say this morning, other than putting out a quick reminder about the different ways you can access this list.  You can always get it from my blog ( - I try to put it on there pretty early (before noon).  I have also decided to start putting it on Facebook so if you are on there frequently that will be another option for you! You can "friend" me by clicking here: and adding me as a friend.  If the list is going to be late I will post it on there! 

I do want to update you on my 'project'.  I have had some people asking me about it so I thought I would let you know what I have done so far!  I started this comp list before I went back to school at Emporia State (so yes, I will continue it after I graduate!).  But in order to graduate, I had to complete a Capstone Project over any topic that I choose- the only guidelines were that it had to incorporate information from more than one discipline and that it had to be around 50 pages.  I chose to do the project over the comp list- which incorporates Economics and Sociology. So, as many of you know, I sent out a survey to get information for my project.  I received around 755 responses!  Since then, I have finished my rough draft and am about to turn in my final draft.  It ended up being 75 pages! If I earn a "C" or above then I will be graduating from Emporia State University with my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies on December 15th (which also happens to be my Birthday- what a good Birthday present, huh??).  So that is my update on that! If I am feeling brave enough I might post a link to my paper here on my blog that way anyone who is interested can take a quick look at it. :)

Anyway, Happy Shopping!



Moon's (12/05-12/11):

Checkers (12/05-12/11):

Baldwin City Market (12/05-12/11):


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Price Comps 11/28-12/04

Hello again, everyone! 

I can't believe that it is almost December.  November flew by!  Anyway, I keep trying to think of ways to get the list out faster to people who need it early.  You can always get it from my blog ( - I try to put it on there pretty early (before noon).  I have also decided to start putting it on Facebook so if you are on there frequently that will be another option for you! You can "friend" me by clicking here: and adding me as a friend.  If the list is going to be late (which was the case last time- I had a sick little one I had to take to the ER) I will post it on there! Wednesday mornings I will share a link to the comp list on there.  I hope with these additional options that you can get the list as soon as you need it! The program sends the emails out as fast as it can but with 3,700 it takes a little over 24 hours to send them all out.  So if you are not able to get the list off of either of these other sites then please be patient and you will get it via email! But please keep in mind it may take over 24 hours to get it.

I also have a lot of people ask about comping store brand items.  I have called many of the area stores to ask what their policies are and I put them on a list that I always attach to this email.  (It is titled 'What are the comp rules at my store?').  Things on that are subject to change at the store manager's discretion but they are accurate so far that I know! If I find out that anything changes, I will correct it on there and it will show the correct policies the following week so please check before you shop if you are wanting to buy store brand items!

One more thing- don't forget to stop in at 1402 South Main (It's the new Medical Arts Building- used to be Lawrence Cancer Center) to get your free gift with the coupon from the ad below! You don't have to buy anything or listen to any pitch or whatever, just stop in, say "hi" to Rose and hand her the coupon! 

Happy shopping!

Comp List 11/28-12/04 (PDF Version)
Comp List 11/28-12/04 (Excel Version)
Ad Match Guarantee
What are the comp rules at my store?


Moon's (11/28-12/04):
Checkers (11/28-12/04):
Baldwin City Market (11/28-12/04):


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Comp list for 11/14

Hello, everyone!

It is almost time for my favorite Holiday- THANKSGIVING!! The ads this week will probably get a little funky- some will have different dates than usual, some will run longer than usual, etc. But I want everyone to know I will NOT be sending a list out on Wednesday, November 21st (the day before Thanksgiving).  Usually the ads do not come out on that day so I hope this year will not be any different. I will be sunning myself on a beach in Mexico the week from the 19th through the 23rd! (Our honeymoon that is 7 1/2 years late).  I will not be responding to messages during this time so if you have any issues I will try to help you when I get back!  You will be able to expect the next comp list on Wednesday, November 28th. So stock up this week!!

Also, as always, please take a look at the ads that are on the last few pages of the comp list.  We have had some new stores post info and some stores that have been here a while post some deals! So be sure to check them out (and there is one with a free gift just for stopping by!!)!


And before I send this- I have been noticing some awesome deals in the ads this week.  There might be a few you get questioned on (Aldi's has a 10lb bag of potatoes for $1.00!) but be persistent- its true! lol. There aren't as MANY deals except for Thanksgiving stuff but what is on sale is majorly on sale.  

**The Excel version is split again for some reason so open the PDF version if you can!)



Moon's (11/14-11/21):



The Comp list will be a bit late today.  I have a sick little one and so I am taking her to the ER!

Friday, November 09, 2012


J Fashions will be having their Grand Opening on Nov. 10th from 9:00am - 5:00pm at 212 SOUTH Main St. in Ottawa, KS (not North main!).

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Comps for the week of 11/07-11/13

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Halloween last week.

I wanted to let you in on a deal that I received in my email this week.  I hope the photo below will work!

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If you cannot see this photo I will fill you in.  It is from JC Penney's and they are doing FREE family photos the whole month of November.  You get free sitting fees, a free 8x10 and a free digital copy emailed to you.  I thought this was a GREAT deal so I figured I would share it!  (You have to schedule an appointment to have it done!)

Also, please pay attention to the ads at the end of the comp list this week.  There are some new ones on there. And please help us welcome a new business to Ottawa (details in the ads section)!  **THERE IS A CORRECTION TO ONE OF THE ADS- Hand Me Up'z is located at 1134 North main NOT 1113 north main.  

~ Emily Graves



Moon's (11/07-11/13):