Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MY WAL-MART THEORY

Wal-Mart is a complicated store.  Do you wonder why I say that?  Well, Wal-Mart is full of stuff; groceries, hardware, almost any type of supply you want, fabric, the list could go on and on.  The founder's idea of Wal-Mart(everything at one place at a good price) was a good one.  But those of us on a budget can find it complicated sometimes. 

I go into Wal-Mart because I need groceries.  I also wander around through the clearance racks(this is good) and next thing I am remembering -"Oh, yes, my son needs a new belt!"  So I put a belt in the cart.  I look through the fabric aisles and decide I need a sewing accessory.  And on through the store.  In the end, my cart is full of groceries PLUS all these extra things that I needed.  So when I get to the cash register, my bill is bigger than I had planned.

Now that I use the cash envelope system, I am more aware of what I am buying.  I think my purchases through.  If my son needs a new belt and I need sewing accessories, that's fine.  When I get up to checkout, I do two transactions.  (Within reason.  If I only bought $5 worth of dept. store items, I will put $5 from my  dept. store pocket into my grocery fund.)  I feel a little funny about it, but it works for me. 

My theory about Wal-Mart and groceries is this.  If I don't have coupons for what I need, and the grocery store specials are not that great, I go to Wal-Mart for my groceries.  I think Wal-Mart is cheaper if you do not have coupons.  But with a sale at the grocery store and a coupon, the grocery store is the better way to go. 

But be careful of the grocery store.  The non-sale items usually are higher.  I try not to buy much at non-sale prices at the grocery store.  Maybe this is why I have been staying under my allotment of grocery amount.

My younger sister has her idea about Wal-Mart.  She thoroughly despises it.  She thinks Wal-Mart tricks you into buying all kinds of stuff you didn't plan on buying that they got somewhere cheap through devious ways.

 Well, what do YOU think about Wal-Mart?  I would be interested in knowing.

3 comments:

Roger&Elaine said...

LOL at Stacy..err..the younger sister. walmart can get it cheaper because they are bigger and can buy more in bulk. It's the shopper that has the impulse control.

Anonymous said...

I like Walmart!

Anonymous said...

I like Walmart also but you need to know your prices! I can do good at Weis but there are somethings that I will buy at Walmart instead because they are cheaper.

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