Monday, April 6, 2009

Wal-mart Trip Today

I hear folks talk about Wal-mart having great prices, so I thought I'd give them a try today. I haven't been much in the last 2 years simply because I spend so much less at other stores. Lately, I haven't invested much time into collecting, cutting, or organizing coupons, so I ended up paying full-price for everything. I wasn't too concerned about not using coupons because I was really just going to the store to buy items that I don't typically find coupons for anyways: milk, produce, an air filter for an air purifier in my daughter's room, and a 3-pack of filters for the PUR water filtration pitcher that I use (I quit buying bottled water because it's a waste of money and bad for the environment to use all those plastic bottles), & a large bag of cat food (I haven't been able to find the deals some folks brag about for cat food). I decided to separate my purchases and ended up with one for $26 (paid in cash) and another for $103 (Yikes!). I paid for the $103 order and then started to walk out with my purchases but decided to check the prices on my receipt. I usually know what I will be paying, and this seemed really high (I wasn't paying that my attention checking out because my daughter was being rather cranky). Many of the items rang up differently on the receipt than they were marked on the shelf. I went to customer service and returned $46 in items that were incorrect. The lady at customer service was very polite, but given the inconvience of the situation, manuvering around a huge store, and spending twice my normal budget, I don't think I'll be shopping Wal-mart again anytime soon. In the end, I ended up spending the $26 on the first transaction and a little less than $60 on the second transaction. Eighty-six dollars is two weeks worth of groceries for us. And, unfortunately, I don't have $86 worth of milk and produce! I have to admit $30 of that is cat food and the PUR filters, the air purifier filters were returned because they rang up at $24.98 (no thank you! I'll find them some where else). So, only a portion of that was actual groceries, but it still didn't feel like I was getting any bargains. And, I've got to say that it's easy to want to pick up things I didn't intend to buy at Wal-mart because there is such a large selection. I think I'll be sticking with Aldi for my staples and using coupons at Kroger and Publix; I seem to get better deals at these stores. . .


  1. I never shop at walmart - I don't think they save that much, not worth it to me :)

  2. I know what you mean Vana.
    I've told my hubby for years that Walmart is NOT the cheapest overall. They have 'some' things that are less expensive but by keeping a price book, I've discovered that often another store here has better deals, especially when they put things on sale, which Walmart doesn't do. For example, when I was shopping for Easter basket candy....with the sales at other stores(cvs/wags/grocery store here, etc.), Walmart was higher on most identical items.
    You can get some deals at Walmart but you have to be careful. It's so hard to get out of there w/out impulse buying, almost as bad as those Warehouse stores(Sam's/Costco/BJs)where you can't leave without spending at least $100.lolol

  3. I only purchase things at SWM that I can't get cheaper elsewhere. So I go there very infrequently!

  4. Totally agree with you! I spend way less at Publix and get much better service. Finding parking at the WalMart near me is a mess too. It's just not worth it!