Are We a Wal-Mart Nation?

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Hot2na
Are We a Wal-Mart Nation?

As the economy has not yet stabilized, I am still true to my coupon cutting ways. Even when I do not need to, I do. There is a smart way to shop and a frivilous way to shop. I choose to shop smart. And some of the time, that means I shop at Wal-Mart. I have run the numbers and where I live, the super store giant is up to 65% lower in price than the other contenders in my area. So why not. Yes, they are competitive. Yes, they have run quite a few businesses out of business entirely. But that is just further testiment that bigger is better and prices will be lower. No, this is not an online commercial plugging their groceries. I read an article this evening where as Wal-Mart is taking on Craigslist. Now that did most certainly get my attention. Wal-Mart launched a new online selling site called Oodle, an online classified advertising site, a move that opens a broader range of shopping to Wal-Mart's Internet customers.

The site is run through Oodle.com, a 3-year-old San Mateo, Calif., company, and links to Oodle's online offerings. This free,  community-based resource allows customers to buy and sell items locally, find local jobs and learn about events in their area.

How many of you have joined the new money cautious consumers and shop at Wal-Mart? What are you grocery saving secrets? Are you willing to give Oodle a try?

   

   

Stevie
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Yeah... Wal-Mart a lot,  Kroger mostly for groceries since my wife has an employee discount card,  Lowes (home improvement items).  I don't like the hassle of cents-off coupons so I don't do those unless it's a dollar or more.  Speaking of coupons - I never, ever use coupons in a restaurant.  I cringe when my mom pulls her ziplock baggy out of her purse.

PinkJammies
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Stevie, do you use the "keep it in the family" discount? Ralph's grocery merged with Krogers awhile back and they either give out the cards or you can use the phone number associated with the employee. I get a 33 percent savings on top of what I already saved.

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Stevie
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My wife is a Kroger pharmacist (they call their employees "associates") and using our Kroger card on certain days, I save 20% (we are in central KY).  Regularly the card saves a lot on Kroger brand or marked specials.  She refuses to shop herself so I do most of the shopping.  Lucky me - so I do what's easy.  If I need mostly food and specialty food items, it's Kroger.  You can't beat Kroger for the selection of food.   If I need food and other non-food stuff, it's Walmart just because of convenience.

PinkJammies
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Yes, we call Kroger Ralph's here in southern CA. The selection of foods are excellent and their bakery is killer. They make the best pies and cakes.

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Stevie
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Our Krogers have it all too.  A florist, a deli, custom meat, Asian sushi chef, a produce section to die for, and even a Starbucks!

CritterKeeper
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I love Wal-Mart. For several reasons... I'm poor, and I'm busy. It's cheap and one stop shopping!

Be yourself...... Everyone else is taken!

CM
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I hate Wal-Mart!!!

I don't trash those who shop at the store (my mom often does), but I do trash the corporation itself.  I cringe at their stupid commercials, and applaud those anti-Mal-Mart ads everytime I see one on tv.

Yeah, they run the local, customer oriented, mom-and-pop stores out of business; they help to increase the importation of cheap, subpar Chinese goods; and they reward companies that will shift production over that communist country.  And let's just say Wal-Mart's health care for their employees is well below 'adequate.'

As an educator, I'm all for corporate responsibility, health care, and the strength of unions, but Wal-Mart will terminate those who try to unionize.  I'd rather pay a little more to shop at a place where I know the workers have decent insurance and the right to collectively bargain.

And since I'm a teacher, it goes without saying,... I'm not weathly!  This is just my heated opinion!  Good idea for a post, Hot2na!

(Please forgive me for any spelling errors, but my contacts are out and I can't find my glasses!)

Green
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I am not very fond of the corporation from the way they treat and pay their employees all the way down to their political crap.. But, as a family of 6 on one income I have to cut corners where I can. Unfortunately, that does mean I give them my money.

I had the right to remain silent... but I didn't have the ability.

p to the izzle
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Rarely do they make coupons for what I buy. If I find them I use them but it's rare. I try to not shop at Wal-Mart as much as possible. There's a Target next door to my closest Wal-Mart and I'd rather shop there. Target donates money to communities. Wal-Mart destroys communities. I buy groceries at Kroger or Amazing Grace (a local health food store). I find that Whole Foods is just too far away from me now. The savings I would get over my local health food store are erased by gas prices and time spent egtting there. Kroger carries most of what I need on a daily basis. I don't buy clothes very often so Target is fine, or my local skate shop. 

I don't want to die without any scars. 

PhOeNiX_OaSiS
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I used to love Wal-Mart when I lived in Florida.....now that I'm in New York, i feel the strain in my pocket for the smallest things. Someone has to be the bigger corporation and offer us low prices like walmart does.

 

 

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