10 things you should buy at Wal-Mart

Don't pass these items by when you're shopping at the retail behemoth -- they're the best bargains.

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Aug 30, 2014 12:37AM
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I've gone back to the old safety razor - 100 razor blades for $12.00, better than 15 blades for $40.00.  Unfortunately, they don't sell those old razors and blades in most stores any longer. 


Okay, so the last time I purchased a pair of Levi jeans was in 2010.  They are already falling apart.  For $50.00, you would think they would last a bit longer.  But I could tell when I bought them, those imported Levis just were not what they used to be.  Same price, just lower quality.  So, I was in Walmart a couple weeks ago because I desperately needed a new pair of jeans, and because I am 6 foot tall, finding a pair long enough has become a task.  And then, there was a pair of Rustler Jeans in Walmart, my size, the quality and materials were better quality than the $50.00 pair of Levi jeans that were falling apart on me and the price was $10.97 a pair.  Why buy $50.00 imported jeans when you can get them for less than $11.00?  For the name?  Just so you can have them fall apart on you a few years later?  I think not!  Screw you, Levi, you've lost a long-time customer and are on your way to being out-of-business! 

Aug 29, 2014 7:35PM
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Wouldn't be caught dead in a Wal Mart. And then we retired. Now cannot afford to shop elsewhere.
Thanks Wal Mart. Our fixed income quality of life is improved by your pricing and variety.
Also fun to watch the Wal Martians. We should be so proud!
Aug 29, 2014 8:09PM
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Some people seem to be angered if MSN has any positive article on Walmart but never seem to mind the negatives such as regular articles about Walmart losing market share to dollar stores, Amazon and Costco. Face it there are positives and negatives with Walmart like any other business.


I went into a Safeway a few weeks ago and expecting to pick up supplies for breakfast checked out Farmer John sausage that was $5.49 knowing it was $3.99 at Walmart I still picked it up but after checking the McCormick gravy mix finding it was $1.75 when I knew it was 94c at Walmart I put my stuff back and went to Walmart. I don't buy meat which is chemically preserved at Walmart but get most canned and packaged goods there because they are way cheaper.

Aug 29, 2014 8:03PM
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Totally agreed that Wal Mart has great prices on durable and household goods. What they are not good at is fresh produce and meats. Walmart used to be more competitive in their pricing but over the years their competitive advantage has been shrinking. I wish they would convert some of those empty check out lanes to self checkout. I have never seen more then half the registers open so why not use the space effectively and make it self checkout?
Sep 2, 2014 8:52AM
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Every time there is a Wal-Mart article there are statements like "They are a huge burden on We,The People", "poorly made products", "Like many others I feel Walmart and MSN colluded to create this article" and "I would rather pay a fair price". I say...live in the real world. Before being disabled by shoddy radiation and chemo treatments (I beat the cancer but the treatments did unbelievable damage) I had a near perfect credit score, traveled several times a year and still managed to save. After the treatments I went through my life savings, maxed out my credit and borrowed thousands from family and friends during the 2.5+ years it took to get disability (AZ was/is a hard state to get disability in).

Now on a fixed income I am thankful for the Wal-Mart that is just across a side street from me. I try to take advantage of the price match each time I shop and usually out of the 20 or so items Wal-Mart's everyday price is better on over 3/4's of them. I am not talking clothing or shoes, most of which are poor quality, I an taking name brand foods, everyday items like cleaners, shampoo, bathroom tissue, cat food etc. For items like that, if you think this article is BS and Wal-Mart isn't cheaper you are delusional. On a limited income I HAVE TO compare prices all the time. If it wasn't for Wal-Mart my quality of life would plummet and it's already quite low. I am not the only one in this situation, there are millions and millions of retired and disabled that are in the same boat.

Remember, a fall of that high horse can be a real pain in the a$$. What has happened to me can happen to you and you tune would then soon change.

Sep 2, 2014 10:27AM
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im perplexed...............why do so many complain about very successful businesses.........example   wallmart and mcdonalds............I lived near st. Louis for 45 yrs.(im 70)...........four yrs ago I moved to a town of 3200 ...............we have a small super wallmart and a mcdonalds...........I say thank god for our wm................now about macs............I started eating at macs im guessing around 1960......I liked mcdonalds then and I like mcdonalds now....................(so you complainers)...........

 you don't like those two businesses DONT GO THERE............wade Gregg dyer

Aug 30, 2014 12:31AM
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Seriously! How much did walmart pay for these ads?


Aug 29, 2014 9:04PM
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Here in the Midwest we have Meijer. If you have the means to stock up and store a few items their sale price is nearly always lower than WallyWorld.
Aug 30, 2014 11:31AM
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Those cheap prices come off the backs of their workers. The Walton's are one of the richest families in America, while many of their workers are some of the biggest recipients of food stamps to supplement the low pay, no bennie job. Happy Labor day.
Sep 6, 2014 10:12AM
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In over 50% of the United States of America,  PRICE  is everything.  Not everyone works FOR the government. 
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Most of the brands carried at Aldi are the same brands you buy anywhere else. They are just in a different box. The buyers at Aldi contract with the manufacturers to provide them with the same product at a vastly reduced price and in a different box. 

The writers of this article could have spent two minutes Googling to confirm this. 
Sep 2, 2014 9:29AM
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If you have an Aldi near you, try it out.  They were started in Germany and own Trader Joe's.  When we lived in Germany for 3 months, we shopped at Aldi.  They don't have name-brand products, but all of their products are top quality at almost 1/2 the price of WalMart or Kroger.  We haven't shopped for groceries at WalMart for years.  Also, Dollar Tree has quality products and everything is $1.  I buy all of my cleaning products, cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, socks, frozen fruit, kitchen supplies, etc. at Dollar Tree.
Aug 29, 2014 9:36PM
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Surprised, that PETFOODS and products are not part of the mention, list or comments, etc..


Cheapest place we have ever found, overall, anywhere.

Sep 2, 2014 9:18AM
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Problem is, by the time you check out, half this stuff will be past its expiration date.
Sep 2, 2014 11:00AM
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I laugh at all you self righteous" I never shop at Wal-Mart" people.
Sep 6, 2014 10:28PM
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I don't understand...if you hate wal-mart then don't go there. It's really not that difficult to comprehend
Sep 2, 2014 6:47AM
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I agree with King Viper.  On items like flour, sugar, butter, milk and other pantry staples buying even the Walmart brand (Great Value) saves you a ton at the register and is as good as the name brands. However, meat and produce are pretty hit & miss.  Some of their produce is okay while the rest of it is pretty poor quality.  I've had to return entire bags of mushy apples.  If you purchase a brand name chicken or fish (Purdue for example) its fine. Their ground beef is okay too but their steaks and roasts have a weird texture and flavor. You might also want to steer clear of their condiments like ketchup, pickles etc. Everything else in the article is a bargain especially if you can find a manufacturers coupon for it.  I would also warn against buying their household goods like towels, bath mats.  Made to inferior standards outside the country! 
Sep 2, 2014 3:08PM
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They have a Made in USA section on line!
Aug 30, 2014 7:38AM
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A reminder that the inheritors of John Walton's enterprise are worth more now than 138 MILLION fellow Americans and that 90 MILLION fellow Americans remain under and unemployed since the mass terminations of 2008. We were better off with Main Streets, Mom & Pop and Free Enterprise. You wanted CHEAP, you got CHEAP and destitution. I'd rather pay a fair price for quality in a free society than be indentured to big and beholden to over-control. 
Sep 2, 2014 11:19AM
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Gosh, golly gee -  another fun filled extravaganza weekend day "safari"   at Walmart! Yeah!   Instead of searching for wild exotic animals you get to look at the wild exotic Walmart shoppers.   I had to "hunt down" some "cheaper-than-grocery-store" cleaning supplies while trying keep from being ambushed and attacked by unattended toddlers unaccompanied  their "larger than life" mothers.   There is a plus side to all of  this -  my pedometer tracked in massive amounts of steps treking through the jungle of racks of items.  Also - I wanted to see if Walmart had fulfilled their promise to have "extra cashiers" on weekends.  Well -I guess that was a short-lived promise!
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