Saturday, March 2, 2013
I walked out of Walmart and left a full cart of groceries by the register!
There were so many things wrong with this picture that I don't know where to begin.
1. Gas for the trip
2. Excessive shopping and spending because you don't know when you will be back.
3. Eating out.
4. Supporting a business that drove all the little guys out of business.
5. Indirectly teaching our kids that shopping is a recreational activity.
In the past several years I have learned a few things.
1. Almost everything as far as groceries and household supplies are cheaper elsewhere. Pick up things when they are on sale and use a combination of manufacturer and store coupons. Get enough to last until the next sale. Walmart has never given me free toothbrushes, toothpastes, pastas, etc. but I can do this at other stores with a combination of coupons.
2. I can buy things like printer ink, books, movies, etc. cheaper online even when accounting for possible shipping costs.
3. Walmart has made my shopping more difficult, so why should I reward them with my hard earned money? For example, I love to sew. Each of the small towns about 40 minutes away from me used to have a Joann fabrics. Walmart came in and pushed them out of business with a craft section. They then proceeded to eliminate the fabrics (and almost all of the crafts) in the stores near me. Now I have 2 choices an hour and 10 minutes away to go to a Joann's.
This week I was in Walmart in Warren, PA and they made me so mad that I left my full cart by the register and walked out the door. This store is notorious for making you wait an excessive amount of time in line. It was 8:55 am and they had express and one other lane open. I took my cart to the only line I could and was the 4th full cart in line. A girl was putting stuff in a bag for the cashier and I went and asked her if they were going to open another line and she said "No we just have this one open right now." So I said, "I am leaving my full cart and shopping elsewhere, you might want to put the stuff away soon because I have lunch meat in there." She just let me walk out the door. She couldn't have cared less. What supercenter in the world refuses to open a second non-express line at 9 in the morning? It's not like I was shopping at 5 am.
This might sound horrible to you, but it happens every time I am in this store. I figured they could pay someone to wait on me or pay someone to put my groceries back on the shelf.