On Walmart, Oh Yes. I'm Going There.

It”s hard to live in a town that has as Wal-Mart without eventually going to Wal-Mart. The store gets quite a bit of bad-mouthing. They undercut. They put out the small business. Now. Am I the only one who”s ever heard anything about Wal-Mart? Wasn”t the whole thing started by ONE guy? Wouldn”t that, by definition, make it a small business?

So he was successful? Is that not the goal of many small businesses? And, I checked the facts, Wal-Mart is still a family owned business, and is the largest private employer in the world. Jobs, people. Jobs are good.

Now, we all know I love a good Target run as much as the next South Charlotte housewife, but isn”t it true, when you need one or two things, you will go to Target, perhaps stop at the snack bar for an Icee with the kids. Or if you have a coupon from your last Target receipt, a little bit of a Starbucks splurge. Sure, sure, I prefer Caribou, or even Dunkin Donuts new Dark Chocolate Mocha, but in the end, I prefer the one with the coupon. Target is fun. It”s pretty. They have shiny phone cases and fancy scarves and sometimes you can catch the straw beach bags or Christmas tress at 90% off.

But admit it. You have a long list? Toilet paper? Cleaning supplies? Case of diapers and Wipes, maybe a birthday gift for that kid at preschool- you kinda know the kid, but they are having the party at a really cool new place. You obviously, I mean, your kid, obviously wants to go. That kind of list? You are hitting up ” The Wal-Mart.”

For another day- Why do people say The Wal-Mart? And when referring to a driver”s license, “them”, as in the plural- You got them? Huh? I need more than one? I don”t know. For another day. 

We have this awesome new insurance plan for 2013, where we don”t only get to have weekly payroll deductions, we also get to pay in full for a heckuvva lot online casino of doctor”s visits until we reach our max payout. Per person. If you”re there, I feel ya. But I”m not here to complain to you about that. That”s what my husband is for…

Remember when my Little People got hit with the Plague? And the pink eye? And I called for maybe just a prescription for the drops- isn”t that highly contagious? Surely you don”t want me bringing in a one year old just to check for that?? And you know it. Bring them both.

They thought I wanted to save from paying two co-pays. Yeah. Right.

Meanwhile...
Meanwhile…

So. Two sick kids. Two doctor”s visits. Middle of a Blizzard. (Okay. I exaggerated that one, a little.) They have a new digital system where they just send your prescription right on over to the pharmacy, now. The nurse asks, “which pharmacy do you prefer?”

I take a breath. I know this is not in her job description. I try to collect myself to word this properly. That whole insurance thing? Includes our prescriptions, too.

“Well, I don”t expect you to know. But I need the one that is the cheapest.”

I brace myself.

She has an answer! As it turns out, Harris Teeter is the cheapest overall (close to us. Lots of stores close to us) in her book, especially for meds for chronic illness and long term medications. And they have a referral bonus. This, of course, is a shocker to me, since their groceries are by far the highest, but what about their generics? And their basic antibiotics that kids mostly need.

Oh. Yeah. That”s still going to be Wal-Mart and their $4 generics. Of course it is.

She points out to me, “Good luck going in there and only coming out with your $4 prescription though. Especially when you have to drag in your two sick kids.”

Alright, then. Now we know how they do it so cheap. Want to know the secret for going into Wal-Mart and only coming out with the one thing you went in to buy????

Send your Husband.

~Denise

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Comments

  1. Jess says:

    I’ve successfully boycotted Walmart for 15 years now!

  2. Robin says:

    I recently started comparing prices at Wal-mart and Target. I found on more than one occasion Target had the exact item for less. Now, granted the difference in price may only be .50-$1.00 over time that adds up. Target is actually closer to me and I love Target (for many reasons-here are 2- customer service and you can find someone on the floor to assist you if it is needed). When Wal-mart enters an area the prices are lower however, over time prices increase but by then the person is convinced it has lower prices. I will also tell you I wrote a paper in college on Wal-mart and some of the ways they run the business (I boycotted for many years). Wal-mart had more employees on public assistance (Medicaid). Their health insurance was awful and highly expensive. They prefer to higher part-time employees and keep full-time to a minimum. Wal-mart would be a place for a college student or senior citizen to work for extra income but not for a family. Wal-mart had a huge decline in ‘their family own business’ when Sam Walton passed away.

  3. Robin says:

    I recently started comparing prices at Wal-mart and Target. I found on more than one occasion Target had the exact item for less. Now, granted the difference in price may only be .50-$1.00 over time that adds up. Target is actually closer to me and I love Target (for many reasons-here are 2- customer service and you can find someone on the floor to assist you if it is needed). When Wal-mart enters an area the prices are lower however, over time prices increase but by then the person is convinced it has lower prices. I will also tell you I wrote a paper in college on Wal-mart and some of the ways they run the business (I boycotted for many years). Wal-mart had more employees on public assistance (Medicaid). Their health insurance was awful and highly expensive. They prefer to hire part-time employees and keep full-time to a minimum. Wal-mart would be a place for a college student or senior citizen to work for extra income but not for a family. Wal-mart had a huge decline in ‘their family own business’ when Sam Walton passed away.

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