the sometimes senseless ravings (and the occassional rant) of an aspiring marine ecologist who may enjoy killing things a little too much

Monday, November 23, 2009

No, Walmart, Your Prices Are NOT Unbeatable

For some reason, Walmart's commercials are starting to annoy me, with their "we check other store's prices so you don't have to." Yes, they price match (if you have another store's ad in hand at the register, which is hella annoying to the person behind you in the checkout line). But some things just cost less at other stores, and since there is no print ad for regular prices, Walmart can't give you the lower price on those things.

In an effort to save money, I've been splitting my grocery shopping among three stores as of late: Walmart, Target, and Winn Dixie. Let me also note that I often buy store brands (but some name brands are just better, so I don't always buy generic). And sometimes there are big differences in the price of generics between stores. Often, Walmart *does* have the best price. But definitely not always.

Some items that I've found cheaper at Target:
  • Purina Healthy Morsels dog food (17 lb. bag $11.42 at Walmart, $10.99 at Target)
  • Del Monte sloppy joe sauce (only a penny difference, but still)
  • Hunt's canned spaghetti sauce ($0.84 at Target; Walmart now only carries Del Monte canned spaghetti sauce, which is $0.94)
  • Store brand french vanilla coffee creamer ($1.62 for 8 oz. at Walmart; $2.76 for 15 oz. at Target)
  • Barilla whole grain pasta ($1.23 at Walmart, regularly $1.19 at Target, I recently bought some on sale at Target for $1.03 - less than Target's Market Pantry brand)
  • Huggies Overnite diapers
There are also many items that are exactly the same price at both Target and Walmart, including a lot of Aveeno baby products, and a lot of things are only 1 or 2 cents cheaper at Walmart.

Things I usually buy at Winn Dixie:
  • Anything I normally buy elsewhere that goes on sale buy one get one free. I've saved a lot of money on things like snack foods by checking out the buy one get one free sales at Winn Dixie.
  • Chicken breasts or thighs - there is almost always some kind of sale on these, often buy one get one free; Winn Dixie also does a lot of Manager's Special coupons on their meats.
  • Cheese - again, it often goes on sale buy one get one free
  • Milk - the price of milk fluctuates a lot, but Winn Dixie's store brand gallons of milk usually cost about $0.50 less that Walmart or Target (1/2 gallons are usually cheapest at Walmart, but not always)
  • Produce - sometimes Walmart's produce is quite inexpensive, but it often doesn't look very fresh, so I look for sale prices on Winn Dixie's produce (exception - bell peppers; Walmart has 3 packs of multi-colored peppers for $3.50, which is much cheaper than anywhere else)
Sometimes the convenience of one stop shopping outweighs the small savings, but I don't mind shopping around a bit. Plus, my Walmart and SuperTarget are right across the road from each other, and Winn Dixie is on my way home from Max's daycare, so it's easy for me to hit all three stores on a regular basis.

I just wanted to put the fact that Walmart does not always have the best prices out there. Shop around, folks.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today's To-Do List Progress

  • Bleach toys - check
  • Do three loads of laundry - two down, one needs to go in the dryer
  • Clean bathrooms - check
  • Refill Max's allergy/cold medicine - uh, guess I need to run to the pharmacy
  • Vacuum bedrooms - I'll get right on that
  • Bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - I hope I have time
  • Finish discussion for this stupid chapter - I might get around to it
  • Take a nap ('cause I only got 4 hours of sleep last night, thanks to a husband and a Max who couldn't stop coughing) - Not gonna happen :(
  • Eat lunch - I might have a spare second to shove some food in my mouth
  • Finish scarf for sister's birthday (which is Friday) - Probably won't have time, maybe after Max goes to sleep
  • Figure out dinner - ugh, haven't a clue

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Things I'm Doing Today

Sorry to bore you with my drivel, but it's better than the nothing you've been getting, right? Been kinda busy lately, you know, living my life and all. That's why I <3 twitter. It's so easy to spout my randomness in 140 characters or less.

Anyway, here's what's on tap today:
  • Baking bread
  • Finishing a chapter
  • Catching up on blog reading
  • Steam cleaning the living room furniture
  • Mopping the hell out of the living room and kitchen
  • Freaking out about the Vermin Invasion that may or may not actually be happening in my house (uh, last night we had an incident with a rat in the aluminum cans in the laundry room - Not Cool)
  • Figuring out what to make for dinner (Quiche? Sweet & sour chicken? Pasta with marinara sauce?)
  • Cooking whatever I decide to make
  • I think I'm leaning toward the quiche. With ham and spinach and Swiss cheese.
  • And we'll have fresh bread, so I can make Max a grilled cheese sandwich if he turns his nose up at the quiche.
  • Mailing off a book I sold on Amazon
  • Probably some other stuff, too.
That is all.