Thursday, April 26, 2012

Making the switch.

Like many of us, I shop at Walmart.

It's cheaper, it's got a big selection and you can get your photos printed. Unfortunately, depending where you live, it's also a depressing place to go into. The one where we live is always crowded and the employees look (to me, anyway) dejected. I will also add, although it's horrible to say, that all elements of society go there, and, well, hmmph. Not going to proceed with that statement; it's too uppity:) Maybe it's just our city; in Missouri the local Walmart was a lovely place to go, the employees were bright and friendly, the place was clean and didn't make me cringe.

Anyway, we do have another option in Albertson's, another grocery store chain. The prices are higher and they don't have as broad a selection but it's clean, well-staffed and the lines are never longer than three-deep. It's pleasant to be in the store and the people that shop there are mostly retirees and the younger professional set (that sounds incredibly snobbish but it is a factor for me). I haven't shopped there, however, because of the prices. You just can't beat Walmart.

The past two weeks, though, I've found myself going to Albertson's, and I've discovered that it you shop the sales it evens out the higher prices. It's not just the over processed stuff that goes on sale; organic items go on sale as well. The fruit and vegetables look happier than they do at Walmart, like they're full of vitamins and minerals. So I think I've made the switch; it means that I can't really plan meals, because I have to buy what's on sale, but that fits our lifestyle right now. It's such a pleasant feeling, knowing that I don't have to go to Walmart. Now I'm just hoping that one day I'll live within range of an HEB (greatest grocery store in Texas). Seriously, I know people who would willingly drive a couple hours to get to one.

Note: While I was writing this we were watching Homeward Bound and I cried. I don't remember that movie being such a tear-jerker:)


Michael Chadwick said...

I know you might be thinking of a Wal-Mart further North, but I also miss the Wal-Mart in Missouri. The Wal-Mart I go to here isn't so bad as far as people and staff go, and its pretty clean, but it is typically pretty crowded and the lines are almost always long--they often have only a few registers open and close self-checkout at times that seem arbitrary to me, all of which drives me crazy.

Someday my wife and I will get into couponing and make a switch from Wal-Mart, in the meantime we mix and match our grocery stores.

Beowulfa said...

I actually was thinking of the one in Missouri, it was so nice. And I can't stand couponing, although I know people who like to do it. The coupons usually seem to be for over processed stuff that I cannot in good conscience buy, so I gave it up:)

Leiandra said...

You know... there's a reason for the whole "people of Walmart" song. I would be willing to be that the Walmarts you know to be nice are the exception rather than the rule. I'm just saying.