Our Walmart Addiction

I think we have been somehow brainwashed into shopping at Walmart. They may have been a discount store at one time, but now their prices are pretty much the same as everyone else’s. I say this because I’ve shopped enough at Walmart to know what their prices are on certain things I buy all the time. Walmart is always crowded. The competent people you can find who work there are few and far between. I think we just have become use to shopping there because they were one of the first “one stop” shopping stores.

I no longer feel the need for a one stop shop. I love Target. I hear people say “Target is too high!” Really? Are you sure? Do your own price comparison if you wish. True, they may be higher on some things, but are lower on other things. So in my opinion it all balances out in the end. I also like CVS for a lot of thing as well.  Target and CVS are two stores I always want to keep an eye on their sales flyer.

I just think if you have a family you shop for, if you are running to Walmart every time you need groceries, maybe its time to reevaluate what you are doing.  These days you can’t just make a list and run to the store. You need to shop around. That’s why I always make a point to look at the grocery sale flyers that are in Wednesday’s paper.

For instance, I don’t buy meat every time I go to the grocery store. I watch the flyers to see when meat is on sale and I buy it then. Of course we have a freezer, so that enables me to stock up when meat is on sale.  For instance this week I bought 93% lean ground beef at Tom Thumb for $2.99 a pound. There is two of us at the house, so I purchased 15 pounds. I don’t think you will ever ever ever find a deal like that at Walmart.  The IGA in Jacksboro recently had whole chickens on sale for 78 cents a pound. We purchased seven. This weekend we bought the prettiest fresh white corn. It was on sale 5 for $1.00. We bought 30, only because there was a limit of 15 per customer. We cooked it, cut it off the cob, and put it in freezer bags.

One thing I don’t do is use coupons. I would really like to, but I just never seem to get the Sunday paper. Times are hard. People are out of work. We’ve had a really hot dry summer and it makes me wonder what will happen to the food prices in the near future. I would urge everyone to spend as little money as possible with Walmart. Watch the sale papers.  Get more bang for your buck whenever possible.

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