The Best and Worst Bargains at Walmart
1 Buy: Great Value White Sandwich Bread
Bread is a staple in any pantry, whether you’re eating toast or French toast in the morning, or making sandwiches or grilled cheese for lunch, and smart shoppers know to buy their bread at Walmart. The Great Value White Sandwich Bread is actually a big-name brand in disguise and is manufactured in the same bakery as many of the common high-priced bread, like Sarah Lee and Nature’s Harvest.
You won’t only enjoy the quality of the bread, but the price is hard to beat, too. At just $0.88 a loaf, the Great Value White Sandwich Bread is a total bargain, probably the cheapest you will find. Be sure to take advantage of this deal the next time you need to buy bread.
2 Don’t Buy: Peanut butter
Who could do without peanut butter, really? It’s probably the favorite morning spread for most of us! Depending on your taste, add jam or banana slices, and it’s heaven for your taste buds! However, if you need to buy a new jar of peanut butter, it’s best not to buy it at Walmart.
When it comes to peanut butter, it is not the taste that is problematic with those sold at Walmart, on the contrary. They are as good as anywhere else. The problem is rather in their price. The chain sells its peanut butter at a much higher price than elsewhere. The difference isn’t huge, you might say, but over time, it’s several dollars you could easily have saved.
3 Don’t Buy: Meat
Meat wouldn’t be a better choice than fish to buy at Walmart. Nor is the quality of their meat a matter of consensus among consumers. If you’re stuck at Walmart and really need meat for an unexpected dinner, you don’t have to worry; you can help yourself by buying your meat there, but under other circumstances, don’t do it.
For example, would you really be comfortable buying Wagyu Beef Rib Eye Steak, which costs the staggering sum of $17.73 at Walmart? Such a piece of meat should be bought at a butcher’s or at a grocery store, and it should certainly not cost more than 50% of that price above. The price at Walmart is very suspicious!
4 Don’t Buy: Nuts and seeds
If you must buy your food from Walmart, try to steer clear from the nuts and seeds. We understand that sometimes it may just be easier for you to buy everything at once in one place, but as much as possible, buy your nuts and seeds elsewhere. These healthy snack items are a staple in many pantries, but they’re not priced fairly at Walmart.
If you need to stock up on your nuts and seeds, try to hit stores like Aldi or Trader Joe’s instead. There you’ll find good quality foods at much better prices than you’ll ever see at Walmart, unless you come across a good sale. While a few bags of nuts and seeds won’t break the bank, the difference in price will add up after a while.
5 Don’t Buy: Fish
Walmart customers have a lot to say about the store’s grocery store and, for the most part, their comments are not very positive, just as with fresh produce. When Consumer Reports asked more than 50,000 people about their food buying habits and preferences, they found that Walmart was “by far the most complacent grocery supplier”.
They also found that “about 74% of Walmart consumers had at least one complaint about the national discounter”. Among the most common complaints? The quality of fish. We, therefore, suggest that you avoid buying these products at Walmart, because eating fish that is not fresh can put your health at risk.
6 Don’t Buy: Diapers
Diapers are expensive, and God knows it takes several dozen per week for only one child! That’s why it’s better for the wallet to buy them at the lowest possible price, without compromising the quality of the product, of course. And the lowest price for good quality diapers, unfortunately, you won’t find it at Walmart.
For branded diapers, go to the Amazon Family site. The subscription service—available exclusively to Prime members—offers up to 20% off on baby products such as diapers and infant formula. Even discount supermarkets like Walmart cannot compete with such large savings. Your bank account will be happy with these savings!
7 Buy: Ketchup
Another product you should buy at Walmart is the Great Value Tomato Ketchup. Admit that, like everyone else, you always pay a little more to buy Heinz ketchup, don’t you? Because it’s the best one, isn’t it? Well, Consumer Reports conducted a brand comparison with blind-taste testers, and a surprising 40% preferred the Walmart brand over Heinz, the leading ketchup brand.
Shoppers will also be happy about the price of the Great Value Tomato Ketchup. It’s a steal at just $2.52 for a 64-ounce bottle. Don’t waste your money on brand-name ketchup when you can find a bargain like this one at Walmart. We challenge you to try it and then tell us if you really prefer the taste of Heinz ketchup. We’re sure you won’t.
8 Don’t Buy: Baking Products
Do you love pastries and enjoy baking pastries? If you have a sweet tooth, the answer is probably yes! However, the next time you need to buy flour, sugar, baking powder or even salt for your next pastry recipe, we strongly advise against buying it at Walmart, and you’ll see, the reason is pretty simple.
The problem with baking products at Walmart is that, just like some of the other products they sell, the Great Value brand offers you the products at a lower price, but also at a lower quality, while the name brands sell more expensively than at the grocery store in order to entice you to buy their private label. In this case, you would not benefit from buying the cheapest product.
9 Don’t Buy: Cake Mixes
Cakes are generally enjoyed by just about everyone. They’re the perfect quick and delicious dessert, after all, and are really tasty. They are a must-have for any celebration, but they are also great to enjoy on any occasion, especially if you like sweet desserts. But buying them at Walmart could be a very poor choice.
In fact, whether we’re talking about cakes, pancakes or even cookies mixes, it’s better to buy the mix from the real, reputable brands rather than Walmart’s private label Great Value. The latter are particularly depreciated by consumers, who find their taste and texture most unpleasant. If you’re going to spoil yourself with a cake, you might as well pick one that’s good and satisfying!
10 Don’t Buy: Ground Beef
Meat-lovers should think twice before purchasing ground beef from Walmart. It may seem like you’re getting a good deal, but Kiplinger compared prices and discovered that other stores offer better prices on their meat. For example, Walmart’s ground beef goes for $1 more per pound than Aldi’s. It may seem like a small price difference, but at the end of the year, it makes a big difference to your budget!
Furthermore, the quality isn’t that great, either. Walmart customers have left critical reviews for the ground beef, saying the meat was “rubbery” and “full of gristle”. You’d be better off buying this product at a big-box grocery store to buy better quality meat. Quality is always the most important criteria when it comes to food.
11 Buy: Great Value Bacon
We have good news about the Great Value Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon. This product was put to the test by blind taste-testers over at the Krazy Coupon Lady<. The Walmart brand came out on top of the Oscar Mayer brand.
The price is a total bargain at just $3.24 a pack. Shoppers can get great-tasting bacon at a fraction of the cost of other brands and retailers. Be sure to add the Great Value Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon to your next grocery list.
12 Buy: Laundry Detergent
If you need to stock up on laundry products, Walmart is also the perfect place to buy them, especially if you are looking for greener and scent free products. They have several brands to choose from.
In addition, as a general rule, unscented products tend to be more expensive than others for various reasons, but Walmart still offers them at a more competitive price than the competition. So it’s always a good idea to buy your laundry detergent from this retailer!
13 Don’t Buy: Great Value Cinnamon Applesauce
Applesauce is often promoted as a healthy snack, ideal for your children’s lunch or for those little cravings throughout the day. But in just one small serving, there are 5 grams of sugar in Walmart’s Great Value Cinnamon Applesauce, which seems to be quite a bit for a snack marketed for children.
The better option if you really want to buy applesauce would be to choose one that is unsweetened to avoid any extra sugar. That would be a healthier snack for you or your kids.
14 Buy: Great Value Pesto Spirals
For meals in a hurry, or for when you just don’t feel like cooking, frozen foods are definitely a must since they are quick and easy to make. This frozen product, in particular, is perfect for those who have a specific diet. They are low on carbs and full of flavor. You can use them as a side for your meals or make them a part of the main dish.
They’re made out of zucchini and carrots, and they are shaped in a spiral form. Plus, they’re low on sugar and sodium! There’s a great way to eat a tasty serving of original vegetables!
15 Don’t Buy: Organic Milk
Since organic milk costs more than typical milk, grocery shoppers don’t always reach for this item when they’re in the store. This milk is better for you, though, since the farmers don’t genetically feed their cows, but it does come at a price.
If you still want to buy organic milk, Eat This, Not That! has shared its list of the healthiest organic milk brands. According to them, you should choose, for example, Maple Hill Organic 100% Grass-Fed Cow Milk or Stonyfield Organic Milk, both sold at Walmart.
16 Buy: Great Value Organic Chia Seeds
Who doesn’t love grabbing a versatile product when they make a trip to the grocery store? Even better, this one is healthy! Great Value Organic Chia Seeds tend to be cheaper than the name brands, so this one seems to be the best choice.
We advise you all the more to buy them, as the benefits of chia seeds for your health are numerous. Here are some of these benefits: to help fight against cardiovascular diseases, to prevent diabetes, to facilitate the transit, to strengthen the bones and the teeth, and to hydrate the skin.
17 Don’t Buy: Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is a vital item to bakers. Even if you don’t bake frequently, chances are that you’ve probably picked this item up when you’ve gone to the grocery store, because you never know when you’ll need a few drops.
But the truth is, you probably shouldn’t purchase it from Walmart. Other retailers like Costco will sell it for a slightly higher price, but significantly more product, so it’s worth your money. Since vanilla extract does not have an expiration date per se—it is still advisable to consume it within 2 years of purchase—you don’t risk much to buy a larger quantity if it is more profitable.
18 Buy: Wyman’s Triple Berry Frozen Fruit Mix
It is important to eat your daily dose of fruit to maintain good health, which is why fruits are one of the best things to keep in stock at your house. It’s even better when they’re frozen, because there’s so much you can do with it.
The frozen version can be used to create healthy snacks or meals. The most popular choice for this product is making them into a breakfast smoothie, but you can also mix them into yogurt with granola, or make great muffins. Yum!
19 Don’t Buy: Chicken
While rotisserie chickens are generally very popular with shoppers as they provide a quick, good and economical meal, Walmart rotisserie chickens should be avoided for a variety of reasons.
Not only is the amount of chicken you buy, even for a pittance, nearly half the amount of rotisserie chicken you’d buy in other stores, it’s also far too high in sodium when compared to others. According to Taste of Home, which compiled the best rotisserie chicken in the United States, you should go to Costco, Sprouts Farmers Market or Safeway.
20 Buy: Bottled Water
Be sure to stock up on bottled water next time you’re shopping at Walmart. The Great Value Purified Water is an amazing deal. You can purchase a 40 pack of water for $3.88. That’s just 9¢ per bottle!
This product gets 4.7 stars on their website and one happy customer wrote, “I love this specific kind of water because it does not have any taste, or bad after drinking taste in my mouth. Always fresh and no issues with bottles popping open during transport!!!”
21 Don’t Buy: Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwich
The Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwich is aptly named, because it’s definitely big and burly. And when we know that breakfast is the most important meal, it’s possibly one of the worst things you can eat to start your day off.
The bacon, fried eggs, and the number of processed ingredients in it are horrible for your body. There are plenty of healthier frozen breakfast items to choose from. Ones that won’t ruin the rest of your day would be great, don’t you think?
22 Buy: San Marcos Chipotle Peppers
Chipotle peppers can basically go on any meal, as much in tacos as in a stew, a chili or a casserole, and if you like your food to pack a punch, the San Marcos Chipotle Peppers sold at Walmart definitely get the job done.
Finding canned chipotle peppers that aren’t loaded with sodium and preservatives is a difficult task, but these ones are the best option. They cost less than other brands and taste so much better. This product is definitely one to add to your cart the next time you visit Walmart!
23 Don’t Buy: Jumbo Raw Shrimp
Purchasing seafood from Walmart is a risk in itself; it is always best to buy your seafood at a fish store, or at least at the fish counter of your grocery store, to make sure they are of the best quality possible, but there is a deeper reason as to why you shouldn’t purchase this specific item.
Make sure to check the back of the package and see where the country of origin is. For example, if it came from Thailand, you’d be supporting a company that doesn’t treat its employees well and also uses child labor in production. Do you really want to encourage this in any way?
24 Buy: CauliPower Sweet PotaToasts
Who doesn’t like toast, seriously? They are a favorite breakfast for many, and some even eat them for dinner! Unfortunately, bread is full of carbs, and you shouldn’t abuse it. This healthy snack, though, is a perfect substitute, and also a great purchase at Walmart. Since it combines something healthy with something sweet, you can’t go wrong.
This is the perfect way to get your veggies in, all while consuming a tasty snack and forgetting you’re not really eating a toast. You can top them with avocado or eggs for additional health benefits and a more complete meal.
25 Don’t Buy: Great Value Snack Cakes
First of all, snack cakes in general don’t contain any nutritional value whatsoever. They are the perfect sweet dessert bad for your health. But the ones that Great Value produces are even worse than the name brands.
I mean, unless you enjoy ruining your stomach and basically eating a spoonful of sugar. For example, a single piece of Great Value’s Pink Snowballs Snack Cake contains 210 calories, 2.5 g of saturated fat, 230 mg of sodium and 24 g of sugar!
26 Buy: Lean Cuisine Mac And Cheese
Lean Cuisine is known for its frozen meals, which, unlike most frozen foods, are quite healthy—always if you compare them to other brands, of course, because even if they are rather low in calories, they are still processed foods containing too much sodium, but too little protein and fiber.
This is one of their best-tasting items in the frozen food section. Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Especially when it’s a healthier version! Not to mention that Walmart sells them at a very reasonable price!
27 Don’t Buy: Great Value Twist & Shout Cookies
We are no stranger to the hold that Oreos have over us. They are so good, and everyone has great childhood memories related to Oreos. They are the leading cookie brand, so it only makes sense that other brands would try to create their own, isn’t that right?
Unfortunately, the Great Value brand doesn’t even come close to the real thing. Just stick to regular Oreos; even if they are a little more expensive, they’re worth it. What could be more disappointing than paying a little less for a product, only to be disappointed with the taste when you finally eat it?
28 Buy: DeeBee’s Organic Smoothies
DeeBee’s Organic Smoothies are not only delicious, but they also really are healthy! In each tube, there are 2 cups of broccoli, 1.5 cups of strawberries, 4 cups of blueberries, and 6 cups of spinach. The same cannot be said for many other similar products!
This snack is a great way into tricking your kids to eat their vegetables, and they will even be coming back for more! What more could you ask for, honestly? It seems so much easier than giving your child a handful of broccoli for dinner!
29 Don’t Buy: Great Value Mac And Cheese
Mac and cheese is potentially one of the most comforting—and delicious!—meals in the world for many. Who doesn’t love having a box of Kraft Dinner ready in the pantry for a quick and delicious meal? Indeed, boxed mac and cheese is a staple in many households. It was only right for Great Value to try and produce their own version.
Except, nothing about this product is great, nor does it have value. It’s packed with sodium and does not come close to living up to its rival. You are much better off avoiding this product and sticking to the traditional Kraft Dinner.
30 Buy: Rice Select Tri-Color Couscous
Couscous is the perfect grain to incorporate into anyone’s diet. It’s healthy—far better for your health than rice, containing more protein, vitamins and minerals, and being a useful source of selenium—but also really tasty.
This product is extremely easy to make since all you have to do is put it in boiling water and let it soak. Walmart even has this priced lower than other retailers. If we were you, we wouldn’t pass up on Rice Select Tri-Color Couscous!
31 Buy: Plant Based Shredded Cheese
Thanks to its adaptation to trends, Walmart now offers its favorite customers a range of vegan products. In addition to being delicious, environmentally friendly, the products are also budget friendly.
There are already three varieties of these. You will find Mozzarella, Cheddar, and the Mozzarella Cheddar duo. You will be able to make everyone happy by concocting your best dishes while adding products without the main allergens at an affordable price. Since there is no added protein, no one will have a stomachache when they finish your lasagna.
32 Don’t Buy: Snack Bites
Nothing will really replace a real twinkie, we must admit. If you have a major craving for this popular brand of cake, don’t be too quick to turn to Walmart’s house brand. While they look just as appetizing, the big chain has failed to copy our favorite recipe.
Of course, aside from the taste, it’s always best not to eat this kind of mass-produced product. There is not much good to eat in this type of food, but if you really have a sweet tooth, you will be satisfied. Do not look at the number of calories; it is better to play blind in this respect, because these pastries are far from being recommended by the nutritionists of this world.
33 Buy: Raw Almonds And Pistachios
Nuts are real healthy foods, and they are a quick and easy snack to carry around anywhere you go. So it’s totally a good idea to add them to your cart while shopping at Walmart—if you’re not allergic, of course.
It’s easy to come across nuts that aren’t fresh and taste like old cardboard, but rest assured with the ones sold at Walmart, they are fresh and delicious. So add some to your cart; your taste buds and your heart will thank you for your choice.
34 Buy: Chomps Jerky Sticks
If you’re looking for a protein-packed snack, these jerky sticks are perfect for you. There are different varieties available in stores, most being made with beef, but there are also some made with turkey. The beef is grass-fed, and the turkey is free-range.
This is definitely a good snack for those who want to build muscle mass at the gym or for those who don’t have time to eat a nutritious meal. Chomps Jerky Sticks are sold at Walmart and contain no artificial sugar or preservatives, so it’s a great choice. They are delicious, too!
35 Don’t Buy: Great Value Granola Bars
Granola bars are supposed to be a good choice for a snack, but we all know that it’s a gimmick. There are some really healthy bars out there, but you won’t find them at Walmart or any other retailer of that kind.
The Great Value version of granola bars is filled with preservatives and sugars that people shouldn’t be consuming in large amounts. The only thing appealing about this product is the price, because of course, the less healthy it is, the less expensive it is!.
36 Buy: Tasty Season Mixes
For people who don’t necessarily cook much, or who don’t really have an interest in cooking, it can be difficult to season meals well and know which spices to blend for a divine taste. I know that we’ve all seen Tasty’s cooking videos and wanted to make their recipes on our own, and, well, now we can! Sort of…
Walmart and Tasty have partnered up to bring us everything we could ever need to create the perfect meal, including these spice packets. They are definitely the perfect seasoning mix for those who want to simplify their lives!
37 Don’t Buy: Chips
Everyone loves potato chips, and most people always have a bag or two in the pantry, ready to be opened at the next craving or to serve as a snack to guests. And it’s easy to just pick up a bag of chips each time you make a trip to Walmart, but there are better places that you can make these purchases.
Do you ever go to the Dollar Store? No? Well, you might want to check it out. If you’re a regular at the Dollar Store, you probably already know that they have the exact same bags of chips as Walmart, but for a fraction of the price!
38 Buy: Wild Friends Super Butter
Wild Friends Super Butter is like peanut butter, except it contains a ton of healthy ingredients. First, it’s made with almonds and cashews instead of peanuts. It also has flax seeds, chia seeds, and honey to give it a little bit of sweetness.
Anything that you would typically use peanut butter with, you can swap it out for this healthier and tastier version. You won’t regret the taste and your body will thank you!
39 Buy: Pickles
Some people like pickles, some don’t. Some prefer the sweet ones, others the ones in vinegar. Yet they are the favorite side dish of many when it’s time to eat hamburgers or smoked meat, but also as a simple afternoon snack. In fact, any reason is good enough to eat pickles, and no matter what your preferences are, Walmart is a great place to buy them!
Walmart sells, among other things, the Mt. Olive Kosher Dills, which are made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers. If you’re looking for dill pickles that are not salty—because God knows that some brands seem to have dropped the whole salt shaker in the pot—, these are the ones for you!
40 Don’t Buy: Fresh Produce
As you’re running a few errands at Walmart after work and pass by the fresh produce, you remember that you’re missing a few veggies for dinner and you think, “perfect, I’ll get them here, it’ll save me a trip to the grocery store!” But is it really a good idea? According to many customers, it would be better to take a few minutes of your time and make the detour to the grocery store.
According to the latest Consumer Reports survey, Walmart, along with his competitor Target, is at the bottom of the list when it comes to the quality of their fresh produce. Who would like to buy not so fresh produce and risking to be sick? If you have an Aldi or Costco on your way, they can also be good options to buy your fresh produce.
41 Buy: Food for pantry
Walmart offers very affordable prices on canned grocery products such as cereals, chips, crackers. Cereals are probably the cheapest to find. Even high-end cereal boxes are significantly cheaper than in traditional grocery chains.
You can also find additional coupons for pantry products on the Walmart website. These can be printed at home and exchanged in store. So we see no good reason not to stock up on food for the pantry on your next visit!
42 Don’t Buy: Pet food products
If you only need one bag of pet food, you can get it from Walmart for sure. They hold very good brands, and it is not of lower quality than elsewhere. But if you plan to buy pet food regularly (and if you have a pet, we hope you do), there are several subscription services that can help you save even more.
For example, if you set up automatic purchases on Amazon, you can save between 5 and 10% per bag. It seems like a pretty small discount, but in the long run, it adds up! Your wallet will be much happier in the long run if you don’t buy your pet food at Walmart.
43 Don’t Buy: Generic Supplements
If you buy your supplements from Walmart, make sure you do not buy the generic versions. Not long ago, the New York Attorney General’s Office issued a statement revealing that several major retailers—including Walmart—were selling branded herbal supplements.
These supplements “could not be verified as containing the labeled substance or that contained ingredients not mentioned on the labels”. It is never recommended to ingest products with uncertain ingredients, for fairly obvious reasons.
44 Buy: Kitchen utensils
If you’re trying to fill your kitchen with all the basic supplies, Walmart should be your first stop. The store offers plenty of affordable kitchenware items that will fit comfortably in the most important room in your house. Items like the Gibson Home Essential Total Kitchen Set offer everything you need to make your kitchen functional, all for less than $100.
If you’re looking for necessities for a college student just moving into their own place, or you simply want to overhaul your kitchen utensils, head to Walmart. You’ll be able to fill your kitchen with new items without draining your bank account.
45 Buy: Brand-Name Razors
Man or woman, few people never shave, right? Razors are a must-have purchase, so it’s best to buy them where they are least expensive. Because we all know that reusable razors are generally quite expensive, and legitimately, as long as you buy disposable razors, you don’t want to pay an exorbitant price for them!
Fortunately, Walmart’s brand-name disposable razors are very competitively priced. They are sometimes even sold up to 50% cheaper than in drugstores! To all the women reading this, it greatly reduces the impact of the pink tax on your wallet!
46 Don’t Buy: Jewelry
Whether for yourself or as a gift, you are always looking for the most beautiful jewelry. After all, it’s the accessory that puts the finishing touch on your look! However, even if you think a piece of jewelry at Walmart is beautiful, we don’t advise you to buy it at all.
Buying quality jewelry goes without saying. After all, it’s never nice to end up with a piece of jewelry that has tarnished or lost all its luster after only wearing it a few times. Well, that’s what’s likely to happen if you buy your jewelry at Walmart. Sure, they are cheap, but quality comes with the price. Unless you don’t intend to wear it in the long run, it’s better to invest a little more.
47 Don’t Buy: Luggage
It is important to invest in high-quality luggage that will not break during your flight. Can you imagine finding yourself with a broken suitcase in the middle of your trip and having to store for a new one on the spot? Sadly, that’s what might happen if you buy your luggage at Walmart.
And don’t just take our word for it. According to a Consumer Reports survey, the supermarket ranks, along with Target, Ross, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory, among the worst places to buy luggage.
48 Buy: Automotive supplies
Walmart is a good place to go for a lot of your car maintenance needs. In addition to offering inexpensive oil changes, they also often have sales on motor oil as well as car cleaning products, detailing kits, etc.
If you are interested in an additional discount, Coupons.com frequently offers printable coupons from $5 to $10 off certain motor oils that are redeemable only at Walmart. When you think of all the expenses related to your car, it is interesting to save money whenever possible!
49 Buy: Outdoor Furniture
Not only can Walmart help you furnish the interior of your home with style, but it can also be very advantageous to furnish the exterior. After all, who doesn’t want a beautiful, well-furnished patio to enjoy the sun in comfort and style?
The Better Homes & Gardens patio furniture collection offered at Walmart offers different styles that are sure to appeal to all tastes. While this type of furniture is generally sold at high prices in specialty stores, Walmart sells them at very affordable prices.
50 Don’t Buy: Wooden furniture
As far as wooden furnitures are concerned, we do not advise you to buy them at Walmart. “Walmart has relatively cheap wooden furniture, but that’s because it’s inferior to other furniture retailers,” Carson Yarbrough, a savings expert at Offers.com, told Go Banking Rates.
He added, “Walmart’s wooden furniture is more likely to break or deteriorate more quickly, so buy your furniture elsewhere to save money. You don’t want to replace them after two months.” Indeed, who wants to waste their money like that?
51 Buy: Personalized Invitations
Many occasions can make you want to send photos or personalized invitations to those around you, whether it’s a wedding or the birth of a child, for example. In these situations, Walmart is a good option.
Your photos or personalized invitations could cost you as little as 28 cents each, while elsewhere, it’s more like $1.30 each. That’s a 78% savings! You’d be crazy not to take advantage of it, especially if you have a lot of invitations to send!
52 Don’t Buy: Gift cards
Buying gift cards is often a bit tricky. It is not uncommon for a gift card to end up costing you more than the amount it offers, which is not at all profitable. From time to time, though, such as on Black Friday or at an end-of-season sale, Walmart will offer great prices on gift cards.
But in most cases, you’ll save more on gift cards at warehouses like Costco or Sam’s Club, where they’re sold at a discount 365 days a year. This way, you won’t get less for your money!
53 Buy: Interior Furniture
When it’s time to buy furniture for your home, Walmart is probably not the first store that comes to mind for shopping. Many prefer to go to specialized furniture stores, and yet! In terms of value for money, it’s worth it!
Walmart has exclusive brands that are well worth a visit, especially in the MoDRN furniture line. You will be able to buy furniture at very reasonable prices without having to compromise on style. You’ll have a wonderful home decor for a small price!
54 Buy: Cozy Clothes
There is nothing more pleasant than wearing cozy clothes from time to time. After all, there’s nothing more comfortable! But surprisingly, this type of clothing can be quite expensive in some clothing stores.
Whether it’s jogging pants, pajamas or robes, Walmart offers many choices at very reasonable prices. Generally, cozy clothes are mostly made to be worn at home, so why pay too much when nobody will see them?
55 Don’t Buy: Prepaid telephone package
All telephone operators are not equal, quite the contrary. It is important to do your research before choosing one. When Tom’s Guide experts tested nine telephone operators, they spent a lot of time debating which operator would lead.
The company that was at the bottom of their list was Straight Talk Wireless, Walmart’s prepaid phone package. “Straight Talk had the slowest LTE speed of all the operators we tested, and it also came last when we tested customer support,” they wrote in their report.
56 Buy: School Supplies
Back to school means buying a ton of school supplies, because let’s face it, no shopping list is longer than this one! And it’s easy to spend a small fortune at this time of year unless you know where to go!
Throughout the year, but even more so when it’s time to go back to school, Walmart sells school supplies at very competitive prices. Notebooks and binders at less than 50 cents each, we love it! Especially when you need them in 7 different colors!
57 Buy: Basic Kid’s Clothes
For a variety of reasons, one may prefer to buy children’s clothing from more reputable clothing stores, but when it comes to basic clothing such as t-shirts or leggings, Walmart is simply the best place to go.
As we know, in everyday life, a child gets dirty and doesn’t necessarily pay attention to his clothes. Stains and holes are therefore part of everyday life. So, you don’t want to pay a fortune for their clothes!
58 Don’t Buy: Televisions
It’s usually best to buy your large electronics, such as a television, at a specialty electronics store, or even online. Although Walmart sells HD TVs at a discount, it can only offer such offers because the quality of its product matches the price.
Walmart HD TVs are available at economical prices because they are lower quality versions than those sold elsewhere. Since a television is usually kept for many years, it is better to pay a little more, but have a good quality one.
59 Don’t Buy: Video games
While Walmart often offers video games at good prices, the fact remains that not only is their selection a little limited, but it is possible to find the games you’re looking for for much less online, especially on Amazon.
For example, at the time of writing, Walmart was selling Forza Horizon 4, the popular Xbox One racing game, for $51, while Amazon was selling it for $47 new (or $42 used). While games are quite expensive, it’s best to save money when possible!
60 Buy: Mattresses
To buy a mattress, most people go to specialty stores. After all, they are the sleep specialists, right? So they definitely sell the best mattresses! But next time, it might be a good idea to think about taking a look at Walmart.
At Walmart, you’ll find great brands of mattresses at a fraction of the price another store would sell it to you. For example, it is possible to have a pretty great mattress for less than $300! Unless you have special needs, why spend a fortune on a mattress?
61 Don’t Buy: Magazines
Unfortunately, in the digital age, paper magazines are not as popular as they once were. As a result, their production has decreased, and their prices have increased. So, it is better to subscribe to your favorite magazine than to buy it at the newsstands.
The average cost of a single magazine in 2015 was $5.55, while most annual subscriptions—which bring you between 6 and 12 issues—will cost you about $10 or $20. You will, therefore, be a winner with a subscription!
62 Buy: Camping and fitness equipment
You’ve probably seen people camping with Walmart Ozark Trail brand equipment before. This brand is perfect for people who camp occasionally or simply want to set up a tent for children in the backyard. The quality is excellent for the price.
The same advice applies to cheap fitness equipment. Ben’s often offers on inexpensive weightlifting benches, weight sets, etc. This is excellent for anyone who wants to exercise without having to make a financial commitment to this type of sports equipment.
63 Don’t Buy: Household appliances
There is a reason why Walmart is not recognized for the sale of refrigerators and washing machines. Not only does the store offers only a small selection of appliances, but their prices are hardly comparable to those of larger retailers, such as Best Buy and Home Depot.
As with televisions, it is best to buy your household appliances from a store that specializes more in selling this kind of products. Walmart offers quality, but the prices are not worth it.
64 Don’t Buy: Gift wrapping paper
As long as you want to give a gift to someone, whether it’s for Christmas or a birthday, wrapping paper is often the way to go. However, for a product that is only meant to be torn up and thrown away, it’s best to pay as little as possible, don’t you think?
All the wrapping paper you will find at Walmart will be of the same quality as the one you could find at the dollar store. However, you will pay much more at Walmart. So why buy it there? All it takes is a quick trip to the dollar store, and you’ll save a lot!
65 Don’t Buy: Books and music
In entertainment, Amazon once again outperforms Walmart as the cheapest retailer in the market. “When it comes to entertainment—whether it’s books, music or television shows—you’re usually better off shopping on Amazon,” Erin Konrad, CouponPal.com spokesperson, told MarketWatch.
Not only are the prices better on Amazon, but you’ll also have access to a much larger selection than what’s available at Walmart. If you are looking for a less mainstream product, you are much more likely to find it online.
66 Don’t Buy: Toys
Having a child also means having a ton of toys to entertain and educate them. In that sense, your bank account would prefer that you don’t pay a fortune for those toys, especially if your child is the type to lose or break his toys. Although Walmart’s toy selection is impressive, its prices are less so.
You can get better prices by shopping on Amazon from the comfort of your living room. Online, you will also find a great selection of toys, even bigger than the one at Walmart! And the Amazon delivery is so fast that your child will hardly have time to get impatient before the arrival of his coveted toy!
67 Buy: Baby gear
Babies need a lot of stuff. While it’s not the best idea to buy your diapers from Walmart, purchasing some other infant necessities from this store could save you a pretty penny. Walmart offers plenty of options for strollers, pack and plays, and other things you need to keep your baby busy. Most importantly, you can find these baby items at a reduced price.
Nearly everything you buy for your baby will only get used for a few months. After that, you’ll either get rid of it or store it away to save for your next child. Although these items are essential for a new baby, they’re only in use for a short amount of time. You might as well save yourself a little money by buying these baby items at Walmart.
68 Don’t Buy: Laptop
If you need a new computer, don’t bother shopping at Walmart. You might assume that the store will have the best prices available, but that isn’t the case. Walmart discounts many things, but laptops aren’t one of them.
If you want a fair price for a new laptop, it might be best to buy directly from the source. If that doesn’t sit well with you, don’t bother starting your bargain-hunting at Walmart. The deals available at this store will leave you sorely disappointed.
69 Buy: Craft and art supplies
Every crafting or art enthusiast knows that their favorite hobby requires a minimum of accessories, and these usually come at a price. At the end of the day, this passion for creating stuff can be quite expensive!
But Walmart has an impressive department of craft and art supplies, much better than what you can find at Target. You can buy knitting supplies, beads, and even fabric at a lower price than you would pay at Michael or JoAnn Fabric.
70 Buy: Legos
Once a children’s hobby, Lego has gained a lot of popularity among adults in the last few years, especially since Lego has broadened its horizons by offering constructions straight out of popular universes like Star Wars or Harry Potter, among others.
And Walmart is known for selling Legos quite frequently. This is due to the fact that Walmart sells its Legos at a very reasonable price. Legos are expensive to begin with, but Walmart doesn’t sell them for more than anywhere else.
71 Buy: Walmart Family Mobile
Cellular plans are always sold at impossible prices. If you want a decent plan, be prepared to pay a considerable amount. And often, by the same token, you are bound to your company by a contract, so you won’t be able to get out of it for a long time. However, with Walmart Family Mobile, you could save a lot.
Not only are there plans without contracts, but these are available starting at $24.88 per month. You’ll have access to unlimited talk and text, as well as a number of GB of LTE data depending on the plan. Just make sure you live in an area where the T-Mobile coverage is good and don’t expect to be streaming too high definition video.
72 Buy: Kitchen appliances
Walmart offers much more than your basic kitchen utensils. In the kitchen section of this store, you’ll also find a range of appliances that will make mealtimes just a bit easier. In the case of these countertop appliances, you can shop at Walmart with confidence. The items are usually high quality enough to use on a regular basis, and they’re available for a fair price.
Toasters, air fryers, coffee machines, microwaves, pressure cookers, and much more can all be found at Walmart at a discounted cost. Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy in the kitchen, especially if you’re buying your appliances at Walmart.
73 Don’t Buy: Photo printing services
At Walmart, you can print your 4×6 photos for only $0.25 per print run, or $0.19 if you have more than 75 photos to produce. However, there are more interesting and less expensive options for you.
For example, you can download the Shutterfly application. It will allow you to print an unlimited number of photos for free, directly from your home. If you have a printer, this is potentially the most economical solution!
74 Don’t Buy: Batteries
There are so many devices these days that require batteries that it seems like we always have to buy them, don’t you agree? Between the smoke detector, the multiple remote controls and whatnot, we quickly go through a lot of batteries. But when you need to buy new ones, you’re better off going to Costco instead of Walmart to stock up on them, no matter what type you are looking for.
When Consumer Reports tested 15 brands of AA batteries, it found that Costco’s Kirkland Signature AA alkaline batteries were the most efficient and not so different from Energizer and Duracell batteries. But most of all, you may end up paying less for them, which is a significant positive point!
75 Buy: Tea and Coffee
Tea and coffee lovers know that it is essential to always have a supply on hand. These hot drinks are drunk daily; if you run out, your day is incomplete. How to get through a long day without your caffeine or theine fix? However, brand-name coffee and tea are rather expensive and are very rarely on sale.
At Walmart, however, these same brand-name drinks can be sold up to 27% cheaper than elsewhere. If you also have applicable coupons, it’s the perfect opportunity to fill up! Never run out of your favorite hot beverage again! No more long sad days without your necessary pick-me-up, all thanks to Walmart!
76 Don’t Buy: Maple syrup
Walmart’s maple syrup is not bad. On the contrary, Consumer Reports rated their pure maple syrup as “good/very good” when examining numerous branded syrups, which is, well, good news. But don’t be fooled; just because Walmart’s 100% Pure Maple Syrup is considered “good” doesn’t mean you can’t find a better one elsewhere.
In fact, not only is Trader Joe’s 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup rated “excellent”, it costs only $1.06 per 1/4 cup serving, compared to $1.17 per 1/4 cup serving for the Walmart one. In other words, you can save money and get a better quality product by buying your maple syrup from Trader Joe’s. The choice does not seem very difficult to us!