Last week a brand new Super Walmart opened in our area. We have been waiting what seems like forever for Walmart to open! For those of you who are not in our local area, we live in a rural county with very few shopping choices. For me, it is a good thirty minute drive to get to Kroger and Harris Teeter and it is even further to Target.
I set out Sunday to explore the new store. It is huge! I really liked the wide isles. Even though there were a ton of people in the store, it didn’t feel over crowded…that was until checkout (but I expected that!).
Several of you have asked me if I think Walmart will be cheaper all around. My initial thought was yes; of course, they are the low price leaders! After my shopping trip I have to say I wasn’t completely won over. Some things were cheaper and some things were more expensive. I am not the only one who noticed as I overheard several people mention higher prices.
Gallon Whole Milk $2.89- I have been paying about $2.55 at Kroger, sometimes even lower. We drink a lot of milk so this adds up.
Apples $1.39-$1.79/lb- Most stores have apples at $1/lb and the local orchard has some for .69¢/lb
Bread prices varied but even the Walmart brand was way over priced in my opinion. Kroger offers their brand at less than $1.
There were more items that I thought were over priced but I forgot to write them down! It has been a long week already (it’s only Tuesday!) and I apologize for not having more examples.
Now, there were some good deals to be had. And I think what we all need to realize is that Walmart is a supermarket just like all the others. Some things will be a good price, other things will be over priced. Yes, Walmart is convenient and it will save gas money. I will shop their occasionally, but I will also continue to shop at my regular stores too. I had a hard time “spending” my good double and triple value coupons at Walmart! I know that if I hang on to some of the .75¢ coupons, they will double and triple to make for free or really inexpensive items. But that is how I shop; I stockpile and I don’t need to shop every week.
Some Good Deals I picked up:
Hormel Masters Chili $2.50, used $2 coupon, made it .50¢
Purdue Oven Roaster Chicken .88¢/lb (great deal, I made 3 meals from this chicken!)
Pull-ups Flushable Wipes travel pack $1.64, used $3/2 coupon, made it .14¢ each
Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup .58¢, used $1/4 coupon made it .33¢ each
Walmart will also price match other stores. I would not try this right now as the cashiers are still a little fresh! Mine had a hard time even scanning my coupons. They will get the hang of it though. To price match, bring in the whole ad from the competitors store. The ad must state and actual price- not a percent off.
Opinions? Experiences? Thoughts?