You Bought That at Walmart?!

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I have a frugal confession to make; we do our grocery shopping at Walmart. I know, I feel so dirty just typing it. Mind you, you’ll not see our faces or choice of apparel gracing the pages of People of Walmart, but I am still not proud of shopping there. In the end, it all comes down to money. We shop there because they price match, are nearby and just have the lowest prices around. While there are many deals to be had by shopping at Walmart, especially for someone that likes to be frugal, I’ve learned one very important thing over the last decade of shopping trips to Walmart – not everything should be bought there. Here’s what tops my list of things I would never buy at Walmart.



Let me start off by saying that not all clothing at Walmart is bad, but come on, is there anything there you’d want to be taken seriously in? I am not one for high fashion and will do what I can to be frugal in my clothes shopping, but much of the clothing at Walmart should be passed on. If you’re looking for something to work in the yard in or work out in then I think you’re fine, but I certainly would not buy something I intend to wear to a client meeting at Walmart.

High-End Electronics


We don’t spend big nor do we buy often when it comes to high-end electronics, but when we do, it’s not at Walmart. They do have some decent buys if you’re looking to buy more lower to mid-range electronics, but if you want that sweet SLR camera or 60 inch TV then you’d be better served looking elsewhere.

Their associates do not pretend to be experts and the level of service will be lacking if you’re a high needs customer. We’ve chosen Best Buy and Costco for our high end electronics grabs.

Don’t Get Your Taxes Done at WalMart


It always drives me nuts when I see the tax kiosks when we shop at Walmart. While their tax kiosks started in just a few stores, they are now present nationwide. One stop shop sounds great, doesn’t it? Wrong! The only service they offer is a 1040 EZ, which can be done by many in 10-15 minutes.

This is not to mention the fact that they can conveniently put your refund on a prepaid card so you can spend away. I am also choosing to avoid my rant on the fact that many of the people staffing these kiosks are not true tax professionals, but simply individuals inputting data into a system.

Wood Furniture


I was guilty of this in college, but not any longer. Can you say cheap! The furniture, if you want to call it that, is serviceable at best for a single guy in college, but not much beyond that. Not only is the furniture cheaply made, but it also been shown to be environmentally bad in the past due to using wood from protected animal habitats.

They have until sometime this year to straighten it out, but it’s just another reason why I’d look the other way in buying furniture at Walmart.



Ok, so this one is just a little on the lighter side, but do you really want to buy lingerie at Walmart? Mind you, this section has significant input from Mrs. Frugal Rules, so don’t shoot the messenger.

From what I am told the materials are terrible and overall very uncomfortable. If you’re looking to wear something nice, then consider looking elsewhere as the savings are not worth it.



I love to be able to stretch our grocery budget, and the fruit at Walmart can provide for that – in one sense. The fruit there generally is cheap, but it has no shelf life which results in loss of the benefit of any money savings. We buy bananas and apples there because our kids vacuum both of them up, but anything else lasts a day or so at best.

We’ve learned our lesson to avoid anything berry related as it molds within a day or anything like a pear or peach because they’re rock hard and have no flavor. Now we buy the bulk of our fruit elsewhere to get better quality.


What’s your take on Walmart? Do you shop there and if you do, what are some of the things you will not buy there?


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  • Matt says:

    It’s all about convenience isn;t it? I think they’re winning though, because people want their time back.
    My missus often says she would shop at individual shops more if she had the time, but with one child and a job to hold down, she simply goes to a big store once a week.
    I’m also surprised your fruit goes off so quick. We have the opposite problem. I’m not sure what they are doing to our fruit these days, they must be irradiating it or something, but it doesn;t go off for weeks. The problem is that it doesn;t ripen for weeks either…

    • John says:

      It is about convenience, and it does not help that you can get so much of what you need in one place. I would shop at local stores as well, but there is the time aspect as well as cost.

      That’s interesting about your fruit. Much of their fruit is no good. It has no flavor and molds within a day or two.

  • Jon @ MoneySmartGuides says:

    When I bought my house I made the mistake of buying rugs for my bathrooms at Walmart, among other things. I was trying to save as much money as possible. Well, less than 6 months after buying the rugs, they fell apart in the dryer – literally! I ended up buying more expensive ones at a department store that are still in good shape, 5 years later.

    It saddens me about the refund going to a prepaid card. I would like to think the person has the option between a prepaid card and a check. The typical person getting their taxes done at Walmart needs to learn to invest in an emergency fund, not spend away.

    • John says:

      I’ve learned the same thing about their rugs as well Jon when I was in college.

      I could not agree more on the taxes. It gives them the opportunity to spend it right away as opposed to saving it like most of them probably should.

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    Haha yeah the clothes at Wal-Mart are pretty bad. Especially when you compare them to Target (where I do buy quite a bit of clothes from) it’s like night and day. Curious your thoughts on Ikea furniture as some people think it’s cheap material as well, but I personally really like their stuff.

    • John says:

      I’ve heard the same thing about Target clothes. For the few new clothes e buy for the kids, they generally come from Target.

      To be honest, I have never stepped foot in an Ikea store. We do not have one in Omaha and we always mean to when we go to Minneapolis, but just never make it. Maybe next time. πŸ™‚

  • Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank says:

    I always see those funny emails that go around showing the people who shop at Walmart. As we don’t have any Walmart stores in Australia it is difficult for me to judge if this is an accurate representation of the type of person that shops there.

  • Brian @ Luke1428 says:

    I find it very difficult to shop at Walmart, especially when we have so many other options where we live. I know they have low prices but ours is always crowded with poor customer service and shopping environments like that frustrate me. I know it’s completely un-frugal but I’d rather spend a little more and have a better shopping experience.

    I am curious though…How much do you think you save on your grocery bill by shopping there? I’m in the South and almost always shop at Publix.

    • John says:

      I feel the same way about their service and the fact that they always seem to have only 2 lanes open. The last time we did a side by side comparison it was roughly a 20% savings that we got. If you add a few coupons on top of the matching you really can save quite a bit.

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says:

    LOL! We’ve recently switched all of our grocery/personal care item shopping to Walmart too. As much as the quality of some of their stuff bugs me, you just can’t beat the price savings on food and personal items. I found my daughter’s favorite eye shadow there for $4.97 (it was $8.97 at Target!). Not sure what will happen after our debt payoff, but for now, we’re extremely grateful for the low food prices at Walmart. As far as fruit, we’ve found that it depends largely on location. It seems to me that Walmart (and other stores) locations in higher end cities simply won’t accept the crappy fruit. We are 15 mins from a Walmart in one town, 30 mins from a Walmart in another fancier pants town. Always good fruit at the fancy pants Walmart (is that an oxy-moron?) πŸ™‚

    • John says:

      I hear you Laurie, the prices can’t be beat and it helps us stretch our grocery budget. We’ve seen something very similar in terms of location and fruit. However, when we have one less than two miles from us it does not make much sense to drive ten miles out of our way to go to the fancy pants one. πŸ™‚

  • Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce says:

    Yes..Do NOT get the taxes done at Walmart.

    That said, it is a cheap place to shop. It’s hard to not want to do it. Clothes at COSTCO are totally the way to go as well!!

    • John says:

      It is a cheap place Tony, if it were not so then I would not step foot in one. We have found the same general thing to be true about Costco. Plus, their return policy can’t be beat.

  • AverageJoe says:

    I was frustrated when we moved to a small town by the number of people I talked to who had completely drank the Walmart Kool-Aid. Without question you bought stuff at Walmart. I go to the local farmer’s market and smaller grocery chain (not much better). I have a difficult time with Walmart’s business practices.

    • John says:

      I’ve seen the same thing Joe and it just does not make sense to me. I hate their business practices as well, yet they continue to grow.

  • Jefferson @SeeDebtRun says:

    Wal-Mart… ewwww..

    Hah.. Just kidding.. I feel ya, man. I hate going to Wal-Mart.. mainly for the ridiculous checkout line situation. The store near us seems to routinely have 15-20 minute lines and checkers who have absolutely no sense of urgency..

    But we do go there, especially if we are trying to stock up on something. I have found that for frozen meats (chicken patties and such), Wally world is about the best place to go. From a nutrition/save-the-earth perspective.. They actually have a really nice selection of wild-caught fish as well..

    • John says:

      I feel the same way about the check outs Jeff. The one by us has literally 50 check out lanes, but it never fails that they have only four open. It just makes me want to shake one of them sometimes.

  • pauline says:

    Haha does Warren allow any other supermarket to come within a 50 miles radius of Omaha anyway?

  • Jose says:

    We do our shopping for household sundries as well as some groceries at Walmart. No shame in that as far as I’m concerned. We also buy groceries at Aldi’s, Harris Teeter and Kroger. One thing about the mid end electronics at Walmart and Sam’s club (a subsidiary). They offer extended warranties at very low prices. I’m not a big fan of extended warranties but when you can get a 3 year warranty on a $1000 TV for $50 it’s worth considering (That was at Sam’s Club)

    • John says:

      We have no real shame I buying our stuff at WalMart, I just hate a lot of their practices and the fact that so much of it is just plain crap.

  • Michelle says:

    WHAT? I buy all my lingerie from Walmart!

    No, I’m just kidding πŸ™‚ We don’t go to Walmart too often. It does help that I’m surrounded by two Targets and Walmart is much further away for me.

    • John says:

      I knew there would be one… πŸ˜‰

      Location does play a big part of it. The one we go to is less than two miles away while the nearest Super Target is about 10 miles.

  • Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin says:

    From a couponing perspective we love walmart. We get cheap deals on deodorants and other non perishables but like you we would never buy our fresh food from there! Additionally we got our daughter this dresser from Walmart and I literally almost broke it when putting it together. It is the cheapest non reliable thing I have ever built, I figured to myself “hey she’s just a toddler, this dresser should do.” Man was I all sorts of wrong, if I had just forked over $10-$20 at a reputable furniture store we could have gotten her a decent dresser.

    • John says:

      That’s a great point Marvin. The best is when you can use a coupon on top of matching a price to get something really cheap. I ran into the same thing with furniture when I was in college, I learned my lesson for good.

  • Money Bulldog says:

    We don’t have a Walmart over here but we do have a store called Asda which I have a funny feeling is owned by the Walmart group but don’t quote me on that. Anyway we shop at Asda and I don’t see anything wrong with it, why spend more than you have to! I’m a simple man of simple pleasures, I like the odd nice treat but the rest of the time I’m happy with the basics.

    • John says:

      I feel the same way, but to a certain extent Adam. I love the low prices, but their business practice are just horrid and that’s not to mention the service.

  • MakintheBacon says:

    We don’t have any Targets yet here in Canada, only Wal-mart. I have purchased clothes there before and they have not lasted very long. I usually only buy toiletires and groceries there. I sometimes try to avoid going there because it ALWAYS seems to be busy and they never have enough cashiers.

  • Holly@Clubthrifty says:

    I’m guilty of grocery shopping at Wal-mart. Their produce is okay but I LOVE the Walmart brand yogurt. That’s the main reason I go there!

    • John says:

      Their veggies tend to be ok, but we hate their fruit. I’ll have to suggest the yogurt to Mrs. Frugal Rules as she and the kids love yogurt.

  • BudgetorFudget says:

    My main concern with their clothing isn’t even really fashion related. Sometimes they do have cute dresses and very cheap cardigans if I just want a black one to throw on when I’m headed out the door and it’s a little chilly. The biggest concern is that it’s cheaply made, so it doesn’t last long at all. Any shirt I’ve ever purchased there has stretched out, has gotten holes, and has pilled badly within a month of owning it. So I guess it’s one of those instances too where “It’s a cheap one-time purchase, but if you have to keep buying it, it ain’t a cheap purchase anymore!”

    (I was a serial Walmart grocery shopper until about a month ago when I discovered there was a Winn-Dixie nearby).

    • John says:

      I’ve learned the same thing with many of the clothing items at WalMart, they’re just crap in the grand scheme of things. I think it’s indicative of their low price structure. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Valerie says:

    I really don’t think Wal Mart is all that cheaper than other stores. Some things cost more at Wal Mart and in the long run, I notice I always spend MORE at Wal Mart. I save the most money just shopping at my local mom and pop grocery store. And I always think to myself , “do I really want to give my money to Wal Mart ?”. Think about what Wal Mart stands for and who they really are in the world. Honestly I would rather give my money to a local shop or even a regional chain like Kroger, Frys, Publix or Meijer. Most products at Wal Mart, food included, are SO cheap and very low quality. Not to mention, you have to deal with all the people, the lines, the warehouse feel. Yuck…..I’d rather pay $1.00 more for my bread elsewhere, thank you. yes, the fruit is terrible, the meat is scary, and don’t get me started on the selection of items. And there is nohing more annoying than standing behind someone who is price matching, with all their flyers, who will then later on go to McDonalds and spend $20.00 on dinner. It is all relative I think.
    The problem is, in most small towns in the midwest, Wal Mart is the ONLY option because they are usually the only place that is open late, open holidays, etc. They have truly run a lot of local shops and stores out of business. Very sad. I will not support that. And for what? Cheap Chinese crap.

    Another thing, don’t buy tires at Wal Mart.

    • John says:

      That is a great point Valerie about it being the only real option in many towns for a store that has extended hours. We have plenty of chains in addition to them, but not with the hours they maintain.

      I could not agree more on the tires, I made that mistake once and never again.

  • Kim@Eyesonthedollar says:

    John, I loathe WalMart. WalMart has completely degraded the professionalism of optometry. It’s almost like people think the doctors that work there didn’t make it through regular school, but were the misfits. It is very unfair to those doctors who are as smart as everyone else. It is their choice, but when you owe $150K in loans and Walmart is paying almost $100K in salary, it’s tempting. They could care less whether they make money with their vision center. They just want to suck people in so they will buy more crappy stuff. People who have eye exams at Walmart expect cheap and don’t care at all about quality. Same issue with clothes and everything else I guess. We only have Walmart, a few dollar stores, and two grocery stores where we live, so I do have to buy some things there or drive an hour. I would not go there at all if we had a similar competing store. Wow, that was a rant. Sorry.

    • John says:

      It seems as if I touched a nerve Kim. πŸ˜‰ No problem on the rant either…rant on I say. πŸ™‚ I went to their eye care center ( I use that term VERY loosely) the first year we were married as we really did not have the money for it and it was a new city for me. Suffice it to say, I’ll not make that costly mistake again.

  • PK says:

    Heh, didn’t expect all the Wal-mart hate in comments!

    For a time as a single, I did a ton of grocery shopping at Target, but that didn’t insulate me from the Wal-mart hate. When we moved into our house, Wal-mart wanted to build a store a few miles from us and we got a leaflet about how bad it would be for the local economy.

    Right – but think about all the leaf-letters it employs by making people fan out in at least a 6-8 mile radius!

    • John says:

      I knew, who would’ve known? Honestly though, it does not surprise me much. We love to hate them and to a certain extent justifiably so. We’ve had the same battles in Omaha as they continue to try and take over the city.

  • Grayson @ Debt RoundUp says:

    I will shop at walmart for all of my car oil needs. Their motor oil is the cheapest around, but the exact same stuff as at the car repair shops. I have a ton by getting my motor oil there. I go buy sweatshirts there sometimes, so clothes that I know I am going to ruin. I don’t buy electronics there or really anything else. I don’t even grocery shop there.

    My main issue with Walmart is the service. While you can shop pretty easily, checking out is another story. I always find it cumbersome and with long lines. They have 40 checkout aisles, but only 4 are open. I mean, what the hell? This is why I shop at Target.

    • John says:

      I have the same issue with the service Grayson. I always wonder…why in the hell build a store with 50 checkout lanes yet use only four of them (max) at a time? It’s just plain idiocy in my opinion.

  • My Financial Independence Journey says:

    I wouldn’t buy meat at WalMart. I made that mistake some time ago and will not be repeating it. Fruits… eh maybe. They seem to have gotten better.

    I would certainly buy any name brand item at WalMart. But I wouldn’t buy WalMart brands of anything. They have the dubious distinction of being the only store brand I won’t touch. I’ve tried a number of them and they’re all crap.

    • John says:

      We won’t buy meat their either as it’s simply not good.

      We’ll buy some generics at WalMart, but it depends. At the end of the day pasta is pasta and milk is milk, but that only goes so far.

  • Roger @ The Chicago Financial Planner says:

    We’ve absolutely done some grocery shopping at Walmart and have been Walmart customers for years. Also more frequently at Sam’s. In the latter case its hard to beat their fresh fruit, packaged lunch meat (I mix into the dog’s food each day), cases of bottled water, boxes of k cups coffee, dog treats, etc. We are all about saving money and getting the best quality for our money. We live in a seriously over -retailed area so we can go to several stores based on our list. Our grocery bills have shrunk as empty nesters but we still buy paper goods and the like in bulk.

    • John says:

      We’ve found the same to be true of fruit and other things we buy at Costco. They generally have pretty good quality and usually at a great price.

  • Leslie says:

    I like Walmart for household cleaners, toiletries, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper…you get the idea. I have occasionally bought clothes like pj’s, socks and underwear there. The quality of their product or product packaging is C grade hence the price. I don’t care if the box of laundry soap is dented, however I do care if my winter tires are high quality. When it comes to competition, there is room for pretty much everyone. People who value quality and customer service for a fair price on important items will not at Walmart. Less important items…frugal will probably win out.

    • John says:

      Great points Leslie! It is all about value at the end of the day and getting good quality. I feel the same way about the around the house items but anything like tires or anything serious it’s generally worth it to spend a little more to get higher quality.

  • Midlife Finance says:

    We just went to Walmart recently to get a prescription. We spent almost a hour there browsing, but didn’t buy anything. We were just browsing and didn’t need to buy anything. I’ll check their grocery section next time. It’s a bit out of the way for us so we don’t go there too often.

  • William Cowie says:

    We have three Walmart Supercenters to choose from. (Hey, we must live among the poor folk, what can I say?) The produce at two are middling to woeful, but one seems to have an awesome produce manager: their produce is the best of any store around – going toe to toe with the Whole Foods nearby in some cases. Every time we’ve been there, there has been someone stocking and taking out old stuff. Twice my wife was looking for something and asked. Lickety split, she got what she needed, fresh, from the restocking cart.

    I think the word has gotten out about this particular store, because their produce section always has customers and, like I said, they always have someone there, “minding the store.” That is one Walmart I’m not embarrassed to say I patronize. The others, well, not so much.

    • John says:

      I think we have six to eight in our area with several more in the talks. They really are trying to take over our city.

      There is one store that does have fairly good produce, not Whole Foods quality, but still decent. However, that one is about 15-20 miles from us and is just not worth it at the end of the day.

      Thanks for stopping by William!

  • Mackenzie says:

    I absolutely cannot stand Walmart! For too many reasons to go into here, but their business practices leave something to be desired.
    Your opening line of “I have a frugal confession to make; we do our grocery shopping at Walmart. I know, I feel so dirty just typing it” had me laughing though! πŸ™‚

    • John says:

      Glad I could give you a laugh Mackenzie! πŸ™‚

      I could not agree more about their business practices, they do leave A LOT to be desired.

  • Tackling Our Debt says:

    While we don’t do our regular grocery shopping at Walmart there are a few things that we buy there. From what you have written I think our Walmarts are different then yours. Our Walmarts carry the same clothing products that we would find at any department store. In fact for lingerie they carry the same brands that we could find at The Bay (a major Canadian retailer) but for a third of the price. The same with cosmetics and pharmacy items. All the same brand names as the major drugstore a few feet away, but again for half the price of what the drugstore sells them for.

    • John says:

      That’s interesting to know Sicorra. Generally, we do not get a whole lot of name brands at our WalMart, especially when it comes to non-food items. I would imagine that has something to do with their ability to keep costs down.

      • Canadian Budget Binder says:

        I”m just reading the comments here and I agree with Sicorra even before I read her comment. Your Walmart in the USA must be different because our produce at Walmart is great, better than some of the less expensive grocery shops in town. Our store is always clean and the staff are friendly although you might get the odd miserable person but that’s everywhere. You can get all the same health and beauty,make-up, cologne, baby,food,bakery,deli,meat, bla bla at WM as any other store in town. You won’t find high end appliances and furniture obviously but you will find budget friendly family products that are the same everywhere else.

  • Girl Meets Debt says:

    John you are one brave man for admitting you do your grocery shopping at Wal-Mart lol πŸ˜‰ I really enjoyed reading this post! I don’t shop at Wal-Mart as much as I use to in my college days but that’s simply because I no longer live near one.

    • John says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. What can I say, I must be a glutton for punishment. πŸ˜‰ We have one that is about two miles away so it can be hard to pass up when it comes to thir pricing.

  • John says:

    Not a problem FBS! I could not agree more about the service level they offer. A lot of their crap is…crap. There’s a reason why they can beat anyone in terms of pricing, its because a lot of it is just plain junk.

  • Shannon Ryan @ The Heavy Purse says:

    Walmart has a presence in LA, but Target has a much larger presence and less baggage. I definitely shop at Target and buy clothes for my girls there too. πŸ™‚ I had seen advertisement for taxes at Walmart but didn’t realize it was for just 1040EZ. I agree, most people can do those by themselves, and can miss out on some big tax credits, etc.

    • John says:

      I saw the same thing when we lived in San Diego Shannon. There were some stores, but nowhere near the presence we see in the Midwest.

      I agree that many people should be able to do their own 1099’s. My issue is that they give it to you on a prepaid cash card which can easily be spent there.

      • Shannon Ryan @ The Heavy Purse says:

        Ugh. That really makes it worse. It’s not even giving them an option to use the money to pay bills or save it. A prepaid card virtually guarantees they will spend their refund, either at Walmart of somewhere else. We’re conditioned to spend when we receive a prepaid card because we consider it a GIFT. Makes me sad.

        • John says:

          It really does Shannon! It is good (though a bit underhanded) marketing by WalMart, but it just conditions those doing it to spend the money as opposed to saving it, investing it, or paying down debt.

  • Christopher @ This that and the MBA says:

    We shop there sometimes too as I hang my head…I agre with you on price, something are just as good as other stores…the great value yogurt is amazing…

    I try not to buy cold cuts or meat there. It used to be my fav store till i bought a house now homedepot is…i just feel so wealthy in walmart..haha

  • Chris @ Stumble Forward says:

    I would do my taxes at Walmart. Theirs just something that says very unprofessional there. I prefer to go to a true CPA, it might cost a little more but I know I’m getting it done right because the penalties or the things I miss could cost me big.

    • Chris @ Stumble Forward says:

      Correction: Sorry I meant to say would NOT do my taxes at Walmart.

      • John says:

        I was going to say, wow…way to go against the curve there Chris. πŸ˜‰ I figured that’s what you meant. I have no problem paying more either, it gives me the confidence knowing they were done right.

  • The Happy Homeowner says:

    Taxes at Walmart….what?! No way, Jose!

    I don’t shop at Walmart because there aren’t any in Boston, but I have shopped there in the past when living in different locations. I despise their business practices and how they treat their employees, but it’s hard to argue with pricing.

    • John says:

      Exactly Jen…I think I’d trust a monkey to do my taxes first. πŸ˜‰

      Wow, there’s no WalMarts in Boston? I am envious, we have at least 8-10 in Omaha with talks of a few more. I agree that their business practices do leave a lot to be desired.

  • Justin@TheFrugalPath says:

    I don’t shop at Walmart more than maybe once a year. I’ve got nothing against people who shop there. But for me personally I don’t like the people who work or shop at our local stores and I can get better deals at a Midwest super center.

    • John says:

      There definitely can be some interesting people that shop at WalMart, otherwise there would not be a whole website devoted to it. πŸ˜‰

  • The First Million is the Hardest says:

    I don’t do any of my shopping at walmart. I don’t take a big stand against them like some people but i do make a point of spending my money elsewhere even if whatever I’m buying could be found a little cheaper at walmart.

  • KK @ Student Debt Survivor says:

    We don’t shop at Walmart at all (maybe 2 times per year when we’re at home by my folks place-it’s the only place to shop in town). The closest Walmart is about a 30 minute drive away (into the suburbs and through crazy traffic). Plus when you get there it’s a zoo.

    • John says:

      If we were only so lucky to have one be that far away. I completely agree with the zoo aspect, it seems to be that way any time of day or night that we go.

  • kathryn says:

    This past year has been a real eye opener for me. I’m Canadian, and I’m trying very hard to be consciencous of where my purchases are made. Seems almost everything is made overseas.When possible my new purchases will be from Canada..then USA..then Mexico (trying to at least keep it to our continent)
    I’m not to going to support other countries economies, for things we are able to grow/produce here…especially China.
    I’m already frugal (which doesn’t always mean buy the cheapest) so whwnever possible I’m buying/sourcing second hand clothing,furniture,household items/linens. I figure this is helping the enviornment, and even if they do come from overseas, at least the stores won’t be restocking their shelves.
    I urge you to consider buying a slightly more expensive locally (same continent) product over an import item, when you need to buy new. We may not be able to get our governments to protect our manufacturing/farming jobs, but we can vote with our wallet.

    • John says:

      Great points Kathryn, I can understand your sentiment. I hate buying imported stuff, but at the end of the day the impacts our budget as often times it’s more than slightly expensive.

  • Thad says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Your reasons make great sense. If saving money is a goal, shopping where prices are low makes sense too.

  • Canadian Budget Binder says:

    Yes we shop there and I don’t care what anyone thinks or says to be honest. They have cheaper prices and price match. We don’t go often as it’s a bit of a drive for us but when we do go we have a look around the entire shop. I picked up shoes there $5 a piece reg $65 and they have lasted me 2 years now… (i picked up 2 of the same kind for $5). The wife picked about 20 pairs of shoes end of season for $3 a pair some in the price range over $50 a pair. So yeah, money talks, and even if they are the big box store that takes over and the little guy suffers it’s hard to say no when your budget is crying for frugal finds at a great deal. I understand that paying a bit more to help the little guys out but most people don’t have hat extra cash. I also shop second-hand, use freecycle to keep things out of landfill but we have to do what’s best for our family. When it comes to quality I’m picky about some things and will spend more money not so much about others, it’s all personal.

    • John says:

      That’s what it comes down to all the time Mr. CBB…how it impacts our pocketbooks. I don’t like shopping there because of the general service and the quality, but we’ve been going long enough to know what to get & what to avoid and be able to save a decent amount.

  • Sonya Miller says:

    I agree with you John! I buy some things from Walmart, but not all. I’m very strategic in choosing what I to buy from Walmart. I purchase health and beauty items, toys, and some food items when their on sale. Walmart tries to “reel you in” offering a wide variety of products conveniently all in one location. Their profiteering on the fact that they know a large percentage of people will go ahead and purchase items they really need to buy else where. Reason being is because they don’t feel like going to another store or the GREAT sale is just too good to pass up. I’ve found out just like you it’s so worth it to go to another store and purchase those certain items. I value quality products! I’m not going to purchase junk with my hard earned money!

    • John says:

      We’re the same way Sonya. We get most of our basics there, because at the end of the day pasta is pasta and milk is milk. For the items we like and really want quality, we’ll go elsewhere to get good value that will last.

  • CF says:

    I bought a roast chicken from Walmart once. And only once. I have no idea how you can mess up a rotisserie chicken, but it tasted sooooo gross. Even Brian didn’t like it and he has a great appetite! After that fiasco, I stuck with my usual ethic stores and No Frills shops.

    We do buy socks from Walmart though πŸ™‚

    • John says:

      We’ve never bought a rotisserie chicken from WalMart, though I can only imagine. We bought fried chicken from their deli once and it tasted like shoe leather. πŸ™

  • Kelly says:

    Yes, I dislike Walmart. As you said, I do feel dirty just saying that I buy groceries there. One commenter mentioned that they are not always the cheapest. It really depends upon where you live. We lived in 1 town where Walmart was the only grocery store. The prices were high because there was no competition. In our current town, there are 2 grocery stores and 1 Walmart and, Walmart wins the low price war.

    As for clothes, we are blessed to have several thrift stores in our county. Find the one where the person your size with your taste donates their clothes and you have a jackpot!

  • Debt Blag says:

    There might be other reasons not to shop at Walmart (for me, the primary one is that the closest one is an hour away), but for me, not feeling proud to shop there would not be one of them. With my debt, pride is something that’s tough for me to afford πŸ™‚

  • Jack Heald says:

    This whole anti-Walmart bias just kills me. Wal-Mart became the largest retailer in the world by giving people what they want. It’s almost as if there is something dirty and evil about wanting to spend less of our disposable income. What’s the alternative? Give more of it to the government so THEY can spend it on what THEY want? How is that better? I mean, it’s not like Wal-Mart is a purveyor of high-end luxury goods. They sell near-commodity items that everyone wants and needs. They just do it better than anyone else. If it sucks so bad, then there is a very, very, very easy solution: Don’t Shop There.

    /rant off

  • Bobby @ Making Money Fast and Slow says:

    Don’t buy mattress pads. Mine ripped the second I put it on the bed. Walmart certainly lacks quality on certain things.

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