Wal-Mart has successfully positioned itself as a market leader in the retail industry. The retail giant follows a low price strategy, and its size and scale of operations allow it to have some of the best prices in the market. However, not everything is cheaper at Wal-Mart. There are some products that you would be better off buying from other stores. If you are on a tight budget, here are 20 items to avoid buying at Wal-Mart.
1. Organic Fruits and Vegetables
If you love watching what you put on your table to eat each day, then organic fruits and vegetables always form a sizeable portion of your shopping list. Wal-Mart has some of the best prices when it comes to these two items. However, a study by Kiplinger found that Trader Joe’s and Aldi’s had the lowest price tags on organic fruits and vegetables. You don’t have to spend more for the same products. Simply head out to either of the two retailers and stock up your kitchen.
Wal-Mart has some of the best-priced store-brand snacks compared to other major retailers. However, grocers such as King Soopers usually have name brand snacks at 25%-30% less when compared to Wal-Mart.
3. Brand-Name Diapers
Amazon has the best deals when it comes to brand name diapers such as Huggies or Pampers. The online retailer also offers discounts to Amazon Prime members for qualifying products, and you could end up having bigger savings.
If you love music, you don’t need to keep making repeat purchases of music CDs. Just subscribe to online streaming service providers where you pay a monthly subscription. For instance, Apple Music will cost you only $9.99 per month for nearly unlimited music.
Wal-Mart has some low-priced laptops, but these also tend to be of lower quality. For the best deals on high-quality laptops, you can try buying from the big name-brand manufacturers such as Microsoft and Dell. eBay also has some sweet deals on quality laptops.
6. Trash Bags
There is no point in spending more when buying trash bags. You end up throwing them away with the trash. Do some comparison shopping and you will find that there are other sellers with some very low-priced trash bags.
Jewelry sales at Wal-Mart comprise a nice chunk of the retailer’s total sales. However, if you want to gift someone and make them feel special, it is an excellent idea to buy the item from a place which offers discounts on just about anything.
You can stock up on nuts at your local grocery store at some very friendly prices. You will end up saving money that Wal-Mart charges you for packaging.
9. Store-Brand Supplements
A 2015 study by the Attorney General’s office found that most store brand supplements do not contain many of the listed ingredients. Only 4% of Wal-Mart’s store brand supplements contained the listed ingredients. While the retailer may have corrected this, you would be better off buying elsewhere.
10. Party Supplies
If you want to hold a party soon, your local dollar store will likely have all the party supplies you need at much lower prices compared to Wal-Mart.
11. Maple syrup
Pancake lovers know that pure maple syrup should never be missing from their kitchen cupboard. You will get the same product at almost half price when you shop from Costco rather than shopping from Wal-Mart.
The best price to buy batteries is at warehouse clubs. Buying batteries in bulk at warehouse clubs will result in significant savings. For instance, instead of buying the 24 pack of the Duracell Coppertop AA Alkaline Batteries, at $14.94 at Wal-Mart, you would be better off buying two packages of 440 units each at $31.99 at Costco.
13. Video Games / Accessories
Amazon has the best prices on video games. For instance, the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD goes for $49.99 on Amazon with a current 29% discount while Wal-Mart sells it at $74.88.
14. Gift Cards
Most online sellers such as GiftCardGranny.com have some pretty good price tags on gift cards.
15. Fresh Produce
Wal-Mart has competitive prices but not very fresh products. You can instead find some very fresh produce at your local farmers market.
If you are operating on a tight budget, your local dollar store will really come in handy. You don’t have to spend extra at Wal-Mart when you can find competitive prices and a great variety to choose from, at your local dollar store.
Again, dollar stores are your best bet when stocking up on towels and washcloths if you are a little price sensitive. There are so many options to choose from at just a buck each.
Wal-Mart has a great variety of shoes to choose from and at low prices. However, for high-quality shoes, at the same rates, head over to Marshalls or T.J. Maxx.
19. Ground Beef
A study by Cheapism.com found that Aldi’s had the best ground beef prices. The retailer beat Wal-Mart by selling ground prices on an average of 15% less when compared to Amazon.
20. Organic Milk
Again, Aldi’s and Trader Joe’s have the best prices on organic milk.
Wal-Mart certainly does have some of the best bargains out there. However, they aren’t the lowest price on everything. Take a few extra minutes and explore a variety of other options in order to save even further. We hope this article saves you a bit of cash the next time you are out shopping!