Yesterday I did something I never do. I went to Walmart. ::shudder::
Let me explain… in college I loved Walmart! Everything was cheap and you could return anything- which for a college kid is pretty neat. My roommates and I might have been guilty once or twice of returning MAGAZINES for extra going out money. Sad, huh?
But now, I’m not such a big fan. I don’t like the idea of the big discount giant shutting down local mom & pops. I don’t like the scary parking lots where no one knows how to drive. Additionally, it isn’t all that close to my house and the aisles always look like this:
or worse. Packed full. Who wants to navigate that aisle?
Buuuuuuuut, yesterday I was on that side of town, had been running errands all day and had to return a side table to Walmart as my last errand, so I decided to challenge myself to do this week’s grocery shopping at Wally World.
So I took my list and hit the aisles. Here’s the breakdown:
I wasn’t expecting to find many brands I liked, but to my surprise, some made an appearance!
Generally speaking, I do the the prices for these desired brands were lower than at the typical grocery, but not by too terribly much.
I did find a few deals I was excited about, though:
^ I know that’s cheaper than my local grocery!
And I love the family sized hummus for the same price as the small tub at Harris Teeter!
I was disappointed in the lack of organic produce, and made a few swaps to compensate: with no organic apples in site, I opted for a bag of clementines instead. Instead of buying organic bell peppers, I had to go with conventional because I needed them for a recipe. Peppers are something I try to always buy organic, so this bummed me out.
Also, I was warned by a friendly fellow shopper of purse snatchers, and was instructed to strap my purse into my cart. I appreciated the heads up, but didn’t love the fact that purse snatching just comes with the territory of Walmart shopping.
At the end, here’s what my cart looked like:
Total bill: around $97.
Typical weekly grocery bill: around $105
Disclaimer: my loot was a bit different than normal because I’m making dinner to bring to a friend this week, but overall, it wasn’t too far from normal.
So will I shop at Walmart again?
Probably not. It isn’t very close to my house for one, and I don’t enjoy battling the crazies in the parking lot. Plus, I like to try and support local farmers and local health food stores when possible.
However, I was impressed to find that Walmart did offer some of the brands I search for, and for lower prices.
What are your thoughts of grocery shopping at Walmart? Yay or nay?