I’m not a big fan of Wal-mart.
I just never had a great experience in that store and if you’ve read my blog or know me personally, you know that I go out of my way to NOT shop there ever. Although, I do love their online samples they send out! I digress.
Since I know a few of you do love to shop at Wal Mart, I decided to do a little experiment to see if I could not only stand to utilize the store, but find great deals there that I could compare to the ones I get at the grocery store.
Since I needed a few things for home as well as for me to use down at that base this week, I decided to try to find those items at a good price while only allowing myself 20 dollars to do so. The list included items like crystal light to-go packets, 2% milk, whole wheat bread, eggs, lunch meat and some other items.
To my surprise, even though I didn’t see a great price on crystal light(I subbed sugar free hawaiian punch packets), I did do quite well at Wal-Mart, only paying 18.11 for all of my items. Here are a few things I loved and a few that still irk me:
1. The eggs are so cheap! I got a dozen large eggs for 1.18. That is pretty much unheard of at my grocery store, unless eggland’s best eggs are on a great sale and I have a coupon that will double. We go through lots of eggs at home, so this was a pleasent surprise for me.
2. Bread is around the same price it pays for me to bake it, with some extras. The extras is that the bread is great for hubby to use for sandwiches and that the wal-mart brand whole wheat bread is so long! It’s about 1 and a half times longer than the bread I make. Of course, my bread has no preservatives, but you have to take the good with the bad.
3. If we need silk soy milk, I can count on the wal-mart price. About every 12 weeks or so I’m able to get Silk for around 1.00 to 1.50. After coupon at Wal-Mart, I was able to get a half gallon for 1.93. That’s a wonderful price if I need to buy a few to hold us over until the next sale price after coupons.
4. Lots of open lanes. This is something I have NEVER experienced at previos Wal-Marts, but was so happy to experience at the one near our new place. The service was fast, and the cashier bagged all the groceries. Win and win.
5. No double coupons. This is a clencher for me since all of my stores do double coupons and some even do triple coupons. I’m just so used to getting free, or close to free items with double coupons, that it was strange to me to not have them double.
6. The milk prices are nuts! This was something that I was expecting to be pretty cheap at Wal-Mart, but was one of the most expensive things I spent on. I’m used to the milk sales at the local grocery stores, so paying 4 bucks for a gallon of milk was a hard pill to swallow.
7. Very small grocery area. This is a regional thing, but at the Wal-Mart I went to, the grocery area was little. Too little. The prices for the items were great, but I love to have a variety. It was bare bones but understandable since it wasn’t a Super Wal-Mart.
All and all, I was very pleased with my trip. Now that doesn’t mean I’ll be doing more of my shopping at Wal-Mart, but it’s great to know that in a pinch I can depend on the store to help me get some essentials at a great price.