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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Why?????

For years I have resisted shopping at Wallymart for anything, including groceries.  Why????? I don't know.   I guess because it's American and I wanted to shop Canadian.  I guess because of misplaced loyalty to my regular grocery store.  Anyhoo....when my monthly grocery bill escalated from $800 a month to almost $1000 a month toward the end of the year I made a New Years promise to give grocery shopping at Wallymart a chance.  So here we are at the end of January (more or less) and I see that my monthly grocery bill is just shy of $500.  What the......  How could my old grocery store be costing me double what Wallymart charges and before you ask no, I didn't stop eating certain things or going without.  I shopped as normal.  So there you are.  I am a convert to Wallymart grocery shopping.  I am a price matching, flyer watcher, Wallymart shopping die hard....officially.  Of course there is the odd thing I will purchase elsewhere because Wallymart doesn't carry it but even so...I will watch for a sale on that item and stock up.  I am finally, after all these years, becoming grocery shopping savvy.  Do you shop for groceries at Wallymart?   

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  1. With that kind of price difference I'd like to shop at Wallymart, but I think the plane tickets back and forth would eat up any savings gained, so no, I won't be shopping at Wallymart anytime soon. We have Aldi here though and I might do a test run with a shopping list and write down the prices to compare with my usual supermarket.

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  2. No, on principle, for as long as I can keep my principles and still afford to eat!

    Seriously, the reason Walmart can sell groceries cheaper is because of how large they are, internationally. Grocery stores don't make much; there's hardly any markup, their profit comes from volume sold instead (everybody has to eat, right?). I support my local stores (which are not small, but definitely smaller than Walmart) because if everyone shops at Walmart we won't HAVE home-grown stores anymore. Also I don't trust the food-handling practices at Walmart. I'm sure they're fine, but I can't bring myself to believe it :)

    For those who must spend less, Walmart will win every time.

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    1. I am only buying name brands and produce which I wash the Dickens out of........with a fixed income in our senior years I like to try to set aside some of our monthly income for a time ahead when our income may not meet our needs.I held out as long as I could.

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    2. And there may come a time when we do the same, Delores. I think I might have come across as more judgey than I felt. Sheesh - what is wrong with me the last day or two? First KK, now Wallyworld! lol You are seeing a significant difference and that is important on a personal level.

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  3. I do get some things at Wal-Mart like my Kerry Gold Butter which is like $3.84 and it's $5.+ at my regular Hannaford Supermarket. I also get Planter's nuts there because Hannaford doesn't carry the pecans and walnuts I like. They also don't carry the Salted Caramel Almonds I like either. Then there are the Turkey Bites snacks and Parmesan and Cheddar Whisps. Hmmm, a lot of my Keto diet and snack stuff. I too buy multiples while I am there and try not to eat it all up too soon. You do understand two cans of Pecans is such a temptation. I do much better when there is only one can in the house. LOL I use Wal-Mart as my place to walk and get exercise but it seems the only thing that looses from the walking is my wallet. Have a great week!

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    1. Can you freeze nuts? They may not be a constant reminder if they are out of sight in your freezer.

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  4. For me the question WHY??? has evolved into Why not? and Why did I wait so long?

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  5. My method for not eating all snack foods at once is to divvy up into equal portions into ziplock bags with the day of the week written on them. One bag per day and my other method is to not buy the snack foods every week.

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    1. We don't buy snack foods period. If we really want a treat badly we go to a cafe and buy a small treat and share it. We haven't done that in over two years.

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  6. Everything that Jenny said. Walmart has driven down wages, driven up health care costs, driven out small local stores. I have not set foot in a Walmart in twenty years.

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    1. We never used to shop there either but as time goes by, needs must.

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  7. I will not go into a Wallmart because of their business practices. I have read lately that they have raised their hourly wage so I might reconsider. However, we do have a store here that is employee owned and their prices are much less than other grocery stores, and I do most of my shopping there. That is quite a savings you are getting and a very good reason to shop at Wallmart.

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  8. oh my gosh I held out for the same reasons for the most part and secondly I hate the size of the store,, its just so big!! I live in a smallish Canadian city, 75000, Walmart is a relatively new store here, but I know the prices are lower than where we normally shop, when it comes down to it we all have to watch our pennies, we're retired too,, so we do go to Walmart now, once a month,,wish we didn't have too though,, they have us over a barrel!

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    1. Yes, I understand that they can buy in bulk and thus underprice most other stores but then we hear things like Loblaws price fxing of bread and it makes you wonder how many other things have inflated prices.

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    2. Sorry...I meant to thank you for dropping by......come visit anytime.

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  9. Well done. You are a canny shopper.

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  10. Being in the uk i have only done walmart on florida holidays. However i noticed when there how big they are on coupons, you might want to get into it. In the uk it isnt nearly so big but there was a year I saved enough by using coupons to reduce my shopping bill by 200 pounds per month, coupons now are not accepted without purchasing the product here so that little earner is no more but coupons are well worth the effort. Give it a try.

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  11. It's astounding that you were able to save that much money. Good for you! I buy some items at Walmart, but not very often. We have a wealth of fabulous food stores and international marketplaces around here that make grocery shopping a real pleasure for a foodie like me.

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