Walmart touts its “everyday low prices” and broad selection, but that doesn’t mean the mega-retailer is always the best place to spend your paycheck.
In 2014, Kantar Retail Research compared the price of a basket of goods at Dollar General, Walmart, Target, and several other stores. Surprisingly, Dollar General had the lowest prices overall, followed by Walmart. Target was the least wallet-friendly of all the retailers.
But price isn’t the only issue to consider before deciding whether to spend your dollars at Wally World. While the 11,000-store chain seems like a bargain-shopper’s dream, it doesn’t always offer good value for your money, even if the price tag seems low. If you need any of the following 15 items, you might be able to save a little or get more for your money by shopping elsewhere.
Walmart sells more groceries than any other retailer in the United States, but that doesn’t mean consumers actually like shopping there. The store came in dead last in Consumer Reports’ 2017 ranking of America’s supermarkets. Though the prices are right, people were less impressed with the produce selection, bakery, and meats. The store is rolling out new services like curbside pickup, though, which could improve shoppers’ perception of the chain.
Next: Walmart doesn’t get great grocery reviews overall, but there are a couple of specific products you should steer clear of.
2. Organic produce
You can eat organic on a budget, but maybe not if you shop at Walmart. An analysis by Kiplinger found that Aldi and Trader Joe’s usually had lower prices on organic produce than Walmart. And in a separate review of prices conducted in 2016 by Cheapism, Aldibeat both Walmart and Kroger on price for organic foods. Some items, like apples, were significantly more expensive at Walmart than at Aldi.
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