Friday, January 28, 2011

I love Wal-Mart, I hate Wal-Mart

Today I ran some errands and needed to get some essentials. I don't know about anyone else, but for me I feel like there are two options. Target and Wal-Mart. I have several of both stores around where I live. So, pretty much wherever I am I can choose between the two. I used to go mainly to Wal-Mart. One of the places I lived was right down the street from one. So, I'd go to the grocery store for my groceries and then head to Wal-Mart for other essentials, like cotton balls, toothpaste, etc. My mom is a Wal-Mart lover. She'll tell you she goes almost every day. The Wal-Mart by her house recent became a supercenter so she's kinda in heaven. I'm kinda anti-Wal-Mart. This change happened after hearing stories about how they treat their workers, like by scheduling them for hours that equal one too few for Wal-Mart to have to provide them with healthcare. Or, how they make deals with companies that require the company to sell their goods at a certain price to Wal-Mart (to guarantee they can sell the products at a low price to consumers) or else Wal-Mart won't carry their product. That makes it difficult for smaller stores to compete. Or, how Wal-Mart has come into a town and essentially caused smaller businesses that have been in the town forever to close down. I believe in the power of the purse. I know I cast a vote every time I spend a dollar. For example, by buying organic I'm letting grocery stores know that organic is important to me. So, given a choice, I try to avoid Wal-Mart. I don't judge anyone else. Nor do I think everyone shoud live by that standard. Having said all that. Wal-Mart has everything. Recently, I stopped by Wal-Mart when I was by my parent's house (Target is not close to them) to get a few things and picked up this microfiber mitt. I wanted to get another one today so I headed to Wal-Mart. I needed to get several other things so went ahead and got them there instead of also hitting Target. After my Wal-Mart visit I didn't need to stop by the grocery store on my way home. When I have a two year old in tow, having one less place to stop is huge. So, of course, now I feel guilty having compromised myself in order to save a little time and money. After a visit like today I am reminded why Wal-Mart is so huge and successful. They make it so easy and so cheap. For me, who tries to be super frugal it's a real quandary. Hmm, what to do?

1 comment:

  1. I hear ya girl! I am a Target fan and always will be. I go to Walmart maybe 2x/year. My brother hated Walmart for the very reasons you listed. There is a big debate going on in NY right now about this very thing.