Walmart vs Target vs Kroger vs Meijer

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Walmart vs Target vs Kroger vs Meijer
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 11:55am
I will only buy at clean places that offer me much with the lowest price to go with it.

All experiences across the USA will be different according to areas you live.

But I can tell you here in the bluegrass state of Ky a true shopper and person who knows the prices can tell you Walmart is cheaper and on the sales they will match it. But many times the grocery, Meijer, & Target ads are more than walmart's every day prices. I'm not just talking about groceries. The whole thing.

I use to go to each store to buy their sales, took me all week long. Now I can buy it all at walmart. Isometimes go to Kroger and/or Meijer (much like walmart but higher prices) and buy their sale items that I have coupons because they double their coupons and only on those items are they then cheaper than walmart.

We must be lucky on the clean issue. Our walmarts (the big super centers) are sparkling clean and smell like they have just been freshly cleaned no matter when you walk in the store day or time. Aisles are big & roomy. Don't see dirt, don't see boxes, really no aisle displays to get in your & your cart's way. Target is clean. Meijer is clean. Kroger is clean. Other grocery stores are clean.

Meijer,Target,Kroger, other groc stores average to be at the bare minimum(rare) 50 cents more up to well over $1-1.50 more per item.

I prefer to only give 1.50 for my Deans milk, not over $3.

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 12:11pm
I was LOL at the Walmart vs. Target discussions. Like you, I go to where the prices are the best in a particular area. The great state of NJ does not have super Walmarts (at least not yet) however we have a great variety of grocery stores. I go to Shop Rite because, for the most part, they have the best prices. As to Walmart and Target, they are both relatively new to this area so the stores are both bright and clean. I go to Walmart because it is closer. And you are right. For the most part, they have the lowest prices, maybe not on every item at all times. The other reason that I go there is because they put all of the other discount stores out of business. The Kmart is still around but it is old and has the crowded aisles. Everyone has their own reasons for where they shop.
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 12:13pm
This thread cracks me up because we don't have ANY of these stores in Manhattan.

We went to Jersey and I got to visit my first Target...WOW!

LOL

Ana
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 1:20pm
Hi I'm an occasional lurker to this board and a transplant from the pretty dead PP board. I just had to put in my 2 cents on Wal Mart. I will never step foot in those stores becuase to me it is not always just about price. I am a small business advisor and dozens of companies I know first hand have been nearly destroyed or put out of business by Walmart practices. First of all, low prices are on the backs of US manufacturers, who expand their plants and gear up equipment and employees on the strength of a Wal mart sale. then less than a year later they come back and threaten to yank thier business without drastic price cuts, or exclusive products, or both, then go ahead and switch to an overseas co. anyway. They rarely pay thier suppliers in 60 days and often stretch them to 90-what can a small mfg do against a behomoth like Wal mart? One client was advertsing and selling a recliner from a mfg for $129, had bought them for $99, and sales were going great. Well walmart starts advertising the same recliner for $88. The client goes back to the mfg and asks how they can sell to walmart so cheaply, the reply that walmart was selling a '2 position' relciner, and theirs was a '3 position' recliner. They were stuck with thier $99 ones they finally had to unload at cost. i could go on forever about stories like this where their ethics stink, but bottom line is this. When all goods are only at wal mart, since their competition has all been driven out of business, are prices still going to be low? Ck walmart prices in a town with no Target or Kmart- they are higher across the board. And if none of their goods are made here in the US who will have the money to buy them?
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 1:36pm
In our town, we have two Meijer stores, two Kroger stores, one Target and NO Walmart.

We lived basically right behind a Meijer in our apartment. I went shopping almost everyday. I literally spent our entire budget there. It was too convenient. I would stop in for a loaf of bread and come home with 10 boxes of cereal, and nowhere to put it.

Now that we live farther from town, I try to avoid Meijer as much as possible. I have a hard time leaving a package of socks at the store one sale for $3.50 regardless of how many socks we already have. I've been pushing myself more and more to actually just shop local businesses for groceries and only enter Meijer once a month or so for dry goods.

I have found the local shops amazing. The butcher shop has ultra fresh burger, they offer a ten pound bag for $14 - it not only tastes much better than the chain store stuff, but there are no dyes or water in it. The first time I brought home a pound I burnt the heck out of it because the other stuff I used from Meijer was so full of water you literally have to boil the water off first. They also offer normal sized fresh chickens there from local farms - no supersized steriod birds - and are nice enough to chop them up before wrapping how I like because I will be the first to admit that I don't really like to think about animals and meat and all that.. lol. Also, they keep venison on hand, though I don't eat it, dh considers it a treat to get venison sausage or jerky in the summer. Last time I tried a pound of their bacon - don't eat it much, but I was impressed with REAL bacon, especially when $2.60/lb. is the going rate.

I also found an amazing little produce shop. The prices are higher than Meijer/Kroger, but to me, is well-worth it, because last time I bought a pint of strawberries at a chain store, they fuzzed/mushed up within 24 hours of bringing them home. No point in saving money to be scared to eat it. They also offer a rack of specialty breads from a local bakery, so I can grab that there too.

Anyhow, it makes me feel good to support the local economy too, beneficial for everyone! (Now if I could just find a local dairy!)

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 1:44pm
We have an off-brand grocery store chain in Middle Tennessee called Aldi's. You have to bring your own bags and bag your purchases. They are in a warehouse type setting and the food is really cheap. Shopping there has cut my grocery bill in half. They sell bread for 36 cents and spaghetti sauce is 1.00. I get canned aspargus for 79 cents and other canned vegatables are 39 cents. It is well worth the incovience of bagging your own groceries. They also have great produce. You really can not beat it. The most I ever spent was $80.00 and I purchased 3 boxes of cereal bars, bunches of yogurt, 4 loaves of bread, tons of pasta etc. You would never know I have a family of four!

Kristi

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Mallory (age 3)

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 2:22pm
Sticking to the list is priority LOL Not always easy.
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 2:24pm
It pays yourself to be a wise shopper (my point of this post). I shop where I can get the most for the check when I write it out.
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 3:09pm
I know!!! That was annoying when I lived up there. Bradley's and Caldor do not come even close to a Target or Wal-Mart.
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 5:14pm
Did I miss what this shopping advice has to do with the sah/woh debate? Is it relating to a thread below in which someone asked you how to save money or is it relevant in any way? Just curious.

Vickie

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 5:37pm
It was related to a thread below ... can't remember what the OP on it was about thought.

But who cares? Its okay to have a non-topic thread once in a while.

Hollie

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