1. Have you ever been inside a Walmart? That completes my list. Ha! Just kidding...kinda....
2. It's always boiling hot inside, no matter what time of year. Have you ever walked inside a Walmart when its 90 degrees outside and thought, ahh feel that cold air, that's a relief? No, you walk in and think to yourself, holy crap I'm totally going to get boob sweat on my shirt.
3. You could, at any moment, get crap bombed by the birds flying around the rafters.
4. Pregnant teenagers in sweat pants buying Cheetos and beer.
5. The only thing they carry that wasn't made in China is the dirt piling up in the corners.
6. That guy wandering around the store with his cart stuffed with forty seven 2-liters of Pepsi.
7. The surly door greeters.
8. The bathrooms all smell like dirty feet.
9. All they sell is old potatoes...rotten produce...furry strawberries...
10.The cashiers tell you weird, personal things without being prompted. "My husband is an alcoholic." (true story)
11. It doesn't matter what time of year, day, how busy they are, how long the lines are, they never EVER have enough lines open.
12. They'll have 4 lines open with the slowest mean-as-a-sonofabitch-cashiers on the planet and one with a fast, efficient, and friendly cashier. Guess which lines I would always get stuck in? The ones telling me about their drunky husband.
13. Aggressive white trashers in some sort of cartoon character themed t-shirt.
14. The Walmart in my town is located literally right next to the town sewer plant (aka "The Shit Station.") Guess what it always smells like? You guessed it! It smells like our entire city took a poopy in the parking lot. I like to call it "Eau de Walmart"
15. I spent MORE money shopping at Walmart every week than I do shopping at the other grocery stores I frequent, even with me buying a good portion of organic foods.
Time for me to get all preachy on ya!
In all seriousness, I used to think it was all my family could afford, but I was wrong. I spend less at other stores for some reason, less impulse buying maybe? It's a mystery! : )
We have a BJ's membership (we used to have a Sam's Club membership, so no griping to me about yearly fees compared to just shopping at the Wally!) where we buy toilet paper, paper towels, cereal, pasta, etc. They have coupon books you get every month, and take manufacturers coupons ON TOP of their coupons. That's where we stock up.
I went to Giant Eagle this evening and spent 180.00.
40.00 was diapers (2 cases)
So that's 140.00
10.00 was Pediasure for my underweight toddler (she's trying to kill me with stress)
We're down to 130.00
On top of my regular groceries, I got organic apple juice for 2.99, organic peanut butter for 2.99, organic jelly 2 for 6.00, organic graham crackers for 2.99, organic kids vitamins for 7.99, and organic yogurt 10 for 8.00. I got enough groceries for the next 2 weeks (except bread and milk) and I spent 130.00.
So why in the world would I go to Walmart? I'm not saving money going there, and it's just awful and makes me cranky. : )
It's also important to remember to buy local as much as you can. Farmer's markets, etc. We have a few small family owned markets about 15 minutes away from us with a fantastic produce selection and homemade goods. It's amazing what you find when you take the time to investigate!
Check this website out, research Walmarts shady dealings, like their nasty labor practices. Try shopping somewhere else and see if you save any money, challenge yourself!
More and more Americans are asking about the price that we have to pay when Wal-Mart comes into a community, treats workers poorly, violates immigration laws and squashes small businesses.