I Can’t Stand Shopping at Walmart


I needed to go grocery shopping today, so I made up a meal plan and figured out the ingredients I need to make the meals for this week. I got in my car, headed towards Kroger (because it’s the closest store and I know where everything is) and then decided I would check out Walmart to see if I could save a little money.  I got to the store, parked in the crowded parking lot, and made my way to the grocery area.  Despite it being 2 PM on a Tuesday, the store was packed!

I went through the produce area, looking for the veggies I needed.  The quality of the produce is definitely not as nice as Kroger.  The cilantro was all wilted and gross, and when I found some organic broccoli, it was all yellow-y on top and looked old.  Yuck!  After I had spent 10 minutes wandering around the produce area, I decided that I couldn’t shop there after all and left.  I didn’t want to deal with bad produce and a crowded store.  It’s just not my cup of tea.

I can understand why people shop at Walmart- it’s a lot cheaper than other stores.  You do pay for it in quality of some items though.  I decided that it is worth the extra money to shop at a store that costs a little more but carries better quality items. I also know where the items are plus it’s a lot closer.  It works for me.

Do you shop at Walmart?  Why or why not?

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22 thoughts on “I Can’t Stand Shopping at Walmart

  1. Jenny says:

    Agreed. Wal-Mart sucks. I avoid it 99% of the time for a couple of reasons. First, I think they’re totally unethical and hurt small, local businesses. There’s a documentary about it but I can’t remember exactly what it’s called. I highly recommend it though. Second, when I get in there the low prices are a moot point because I end up finding about ten other things I wasn’t planning to buy but that once I spot them, I “need.” So for us, Wal-Mart is a huge moneysuck! My husband did go there to get my New Moon DVD at midnight though. I am ashamed.


  2. Anne says:

    I stay as far away from Walmart as is possible. The few times I’ve gone because of a specific item needed I felt extremely uncomfortable starting in the overcrowded parking lot and extending into the overcrowded store. My kids know my feelings about the place along with my moral convictions regarding their business practices. I’ll gladly pay more any day over going there.


  3. Jenny says:

    Oh and I wanted to add that I once read an article about how Wal-Mart purposely doesn’t hire enough staff to get people out of their stores in a timely fashion because, while they could afford to, they can also afford NOT to. People will still shop there, desperate to save a couple bucks on their grocery bills. And the longer they have you in line, the longer you have to contemplate buying a Coke or batteries or candy or magazines!


  4. Tia says:

    I try to avoid it whenever possible. The one near me doesn’t carry any organic produce. They are definitely cheaper but I know how crappy they tend to treat their employees. My experience with their clothing wasn’t positive either. Stuff falls apart. I just feel it is worth it to pay a bit more and receive quality, tasty and/or long-lasting items.


  5. Courtney says:

    I do shop at Wal-Mart. The only grocery store I’ve EVER been to here that wasn’t horribly crowded is Aldi. I shop at: Kroger, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and Aldi. I get most of my produce at Kroger and Aldi–Wal-Mart is definitely hit or miss. That said, for most products Wal-Mart is cheaper and it’s worth it for me to shop there. I also think despite being busy, Wal-Mart has wider aisles and a more intuitive placement of items. I find myself wandering all over Kroger getting frustrated because their aisles make no logical sense to me.

    I do like that I can get cat litter, razors, shampoo, develop film and get dinner in one store–to do that at Kroger would cost me easily 20% more!


  6. ami@40daystochange says:

    I’m in the aggravated and concerned camp. When I’ve shopped at Walmart, I’ve been disappointed in produce and product quality. I also worry about their sourcing practices and news reports about cheap toys imported from China. Sometimes I think that Walmart’s purchasing power works against US, the consumer, because it drives suppliers to extreme measures to meet their demands.

    And, at least from the perspective of produce, if it’s likely that the produce is close to expiration date and there’s a greater chance that you’ll toss it b/c it goes bad, then are you really saving money?


  7. Catherine says:

    There are certain items that I always buy at WalMart (hot chocolate is one that I can think of off the top of my head), but I always make a point of going there on “off” hours. Later than 8pm or earlier than 9am and you can get in and out of there in a jiffy! Also, I always check out the marked down bakery goods for good deals. When I lived in Rochester, MN, WalMart had the best produce in town!


  8. AJ says:

    We use to go to Walmart for our groceries, thinking it was cheaper. Then once I got into coupons, I found out we were way, way wrong. It’s actually much cheaper for us to shop at Kroger or Publix with coupons (they double up to $0.50) than at Walmart (always a problem with any coupons).

    With that said, I have NEVER liked Walmart. It’s always crowded. There’s never enough cashiers working. Why have 25 checkout lanes when only 2 or 3 are ever open?? The quality of produce is poor (found bugs in my lettuce and cut into a rotted orange one time, ick). I don’t think I’ve been to a Walmart store in two years now. And I’ll never look back. 🙂


  9. Becky R says:

    The only walmart near me is still 30 min. away. I went there once and the layout of the store was like I had to go through entire store to get out. It was poorly organized and overstimulating for me. I have not been back since. I don’t even think they had much food.

    Plus any clothing I have ever bought at a Walmart (except for a pair of shoes I bought over 7 years ago and still have and wear) was garbage.

    But if you are complaining that walmart took away the little guys, so did Target, K-Mart, Costco, Sam’s, Bj’s, Home Depot, Lowes, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc. So if you only want to support local small business avoid all these stores too.


  10. sue says:

    I shop at Walmart when it’s convenient to me. I use powdered milk in my cooking exploits and they have the best price on Nido, a whole powdered milk.

    But aside from that, those of you who hate WM for “taking away the little guy” – if it wasn’t WM, then WHO would it be that is the devil-incarnate in politics & consumer awareness today? WM is hated b/c they are Goliath, hogging up the sunlight (spotlight) from others who wish to get some attention. No company EVER does EVERYTHING right, esp. when examined under a microscope like WM is. Where we are, we have a local grocery chain (Meijer) based in our state and they have a rep WORSE than WM. I know – hard to believe, right?

    I also think that those who decry “buy local!” shoot themselves, their friends, neighbors, and others in the foot. WM hires LOCAL. Your local economy benefits from those who are WORKING. They have money to spend, aren’t a drain on the state or national resources (read: welfare or unemployment), and have a greater sense of satisfaction and pride b/c of a job. Might it be unkind to them to boycott their employer in your hometown?

    Consider my friend who has a college degree and was working a temp job at $9/hr 30 miles from his home. He wasn’t able to make ends meet and support his little family (wife, infant son), and she couldn’t find a job. Enter the new WM which is 9 miles from their home – he gets a permanent, f/t job WITH BENEFITS, at a higher rate of pay than he was getting from the temp agency, and has a track of career promotion w/i the organization.

    Seriously? We are told that those things “never happen” in the WM culture, and yet I have a first-hand story of how it absolutely does.

    Things that make me go, “hmmmm….”


  11. Marie says:

    Count me as a former Wal-mart shopper. Yes, they did lure me in with their low prices, but lost me with a dirt, disorganization, long lines and creepy male customers. I hate shopping and this was the worst experience. As a result, I have become less of a consumer and make careful decisions about what I buy. I do believe in buying local. I choose where my money goes. My income hasn’t changed, but my lifestyle has and I still save money. I have family who still shop there. Their perspective is that they can’t afford to be political and vote with their dollars – they are just trying to survive.
    Here is a link to a PBS documentary:


  12. Stacy says:

    I HATE Wal-Mart. I was so disgusted by shopping there once because when walking by the meat dept. it smelled like rotting flesh. I checked my shoes because I thought I had walked in a dead animal or something!!! After I told my husband that, he said not to shop there unless its for staple items “you know, like flour and goldfish (crackers)”. LOL!!
    And yes, I loooove Kroger.


  13. jj-momscashblog says:

    I do not and will not buy any groceries from WalMart, I think that they are ripping the consumer off. I know a lot of people who are on fixed incomes have a mindset that they are saving money by buying their food at Walmart, and that is not the case. In fact a lot of the “fresh” food that is purchased there will spoil in a matter of days, as oppose to going to a known chain like Shop ‘n’Save or Hannaford Brothers ect. so in the long run you are wasting some money. I do understand that on some products like large box of cereal at Walmart can save a large family money. But if one has to drive back n forth to get the bargains then you really aren’t saving money,are you? I guess it’s “buyers beware”. jj


  14. H Lee D says:

    I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart almost 7 years ago. Their business practices—with both suppliers and employees—are unethical at best. Their negotiations and cheap prices force the quality of products down so that companies can afford to sell there (i.e. Henkels knives are now made in China, not Germany, and the quality has suffered). I am living above the poverty line and can choose to save money in ways that do not feed the troll. (Likewise, I don’t shop at Sam’s Club.)


  15. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff says:

    I do a Walmart run every 6 weeks for stuff I know is cheaper there, but i wait until there’s a good-sized list. Luckily, our Walmart is well-staffed and the produce is nice. I just hate the parking lot. I’d shop there more often if it wasn’t the furthest away.


  16. Aury (Thunderdrake) says:

    I always considered Walmart to be a rather corrupt institution. namely because of how unrelenting it is as a business structure. Nevermind all the mom and pop superstores it shuts down in the process. Not to mention the preposterous high salaries the CEO’s get, coupled off with the weak salaries contrasting with the employees. Don’t they outsource to serf labor as well?

    They do offer competitive prices, but I always feel heavy guilt when I even set foot into the store, because I feel like I’m supporting a rather uncaring institution. In short, I try to avoid them like I’d avoid a tumor.


  17. Jody says:

    Guess I’m the oddball here!! I shop almost exclusively at Wal-Mart. We do have a Kroger (that is extremely expensive and only occasionally doubles coupons) and a K-Mart…but that’s it in our small town. The nearest other stores would be about 45 minutes away. I’d rather shop at Wal-Mart than drive that far!! Our Wal-Mart is very clean, bright, has better produce than Kroger on a normal day. Their ethics aren’t that wonderful, but I really can’t complain about the store itself.


  18. AW says:

    I don’t shop at walmart for many of the reasons mentioned here but i must bring up one point. Those of us commenting are in the minority. Walmart is thriving and from what I’ve heard even doing well in this economy. The majority of Americans don’t care and do still shop there. That makes me sad.


  19. Lisanne says:

    Unfortunately, I have to shop at Walmart. I live in a very small town and my choices are Walmart, the commissary, and one other small grocery store. I went there on Monday because the commissary was closed and they were almost out of eggs, had no red bell peppers, and the lines were awful.


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