I’ve shared many times before how living in a small town limits your shopping options, at least in brick and mortar stores. The only place in town to buy many household goods and non-grocery items is Wal Mart. I’ve had way too many bad shopping experiences there and found myself getting mad before I even walked in the door, so as a resolution to myself and my well being, I decided to boycott purchases at Wal Mart in 2014. Since we really don’t have other options without driving at least 50 miles, I turned to Amazon for help. Here are six things I’ve found that are surprisingly cheaper on Amazon than at Wal Mart.
Amazon Versus Wal Mart
I signed up for Amazon Prime early this year. At $79, I figured it was worth it. Regular shipping is very slow to our area, and if I am going to replace the need for last minute Wal Mart items, I need to be able to order in small quantities.
1) Dog Food
Purina Beneful dog food is $15.99 for a 15.5 pound bag at Walmart. It’s $13.99 for the same bag on Amazon and shipped free with our Prime membership. I also only have to drag it from the porch into the house instead of in and out of the cart and trunk. $13.99 is also as cheap as I’ve ever seen it on sale at other stores. Score!
2) Shampoo and Conditioner
While I love, love, love the intensive damage conditioner from Aveda, it is waaay expensive at $27 a bottle. Dove makes a similar damage repair one that works just about as well for $4.99 at Wal Mart. I was able to get a 3 pack on Amazon for $11.99. I kind of like buying in bulk. I can put one in my gym bag and one in the shower so I don’t forget to swap them out.
3)Vitamins and OTC Medicines
We are over age 40 at my house, so we take need our supplements and pills for aches and pains including fish oil, calcium, ibuprofen, baby aspirin, and my new plant sterol supplement for lowering cholesterol. I’ve never lived anywhere that had a Costco, but have heard wonders about their Kirkland brand, AND you can also get it on Amazon. I was able to get a 750 count bottle of Kirkland Ibuprofen for $11.70. It’s around $2 to get a 100 count bottle at Wal Mart. All or our supplements per dose have been cheaper on Amazon as well. Bring on the arthritis!
I really like the Oil of Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging, UV Moisturizer. It’s a bit pricey, but see #3 there. I’m all for keeping wrinkles at bay. It was $15.10 at Amazon, which I think is very similar to Wal Mart pricing, but I don’t have to go to Wal Mart, so double Yay!
If you have a daugther or maybe even a son between the ages of 2 and 12, you’ve probably seen Frozen, maybe multiple times. If I hear that “Let It Go” song many more times, I might end up in the loony bin, but my 7 year old loves everything Frozen. She asked for the DVD for her birthday, and we were able to get it on Amazon for $14.96, which is the same price as Wal-Mart and $4 less than the grocery store. Again, no real money savings, but it took about 3 seconds to do birthday shopping this year.
Amazon Prime has this thing called add-ons. It is usually associated with very small items that would cost more to ship than the item is worth that aren’t Prime eligible, but if you wait until you need so spend $25, it ships free. I’ve been able to get push-pins, Brillo pads, and lip gloss. It makes me happy that I don’t have to go to Wal Mart for pesky little items as long as I carefully place them with a bigger order.
I’ve also bought random things that I’d normally buy at the grocery store, like drink boxes and granola bars. It might seem odd to look for groceries online, but sometimes they are less expensive on Amazon.
We didn’t sign up with Prime for the TV, but we’ve also been pleasantly surprised to find some of the A&E shows we used to watch plus some of my favorite old movies, like The Goonies.
I do agree that you can be tempted to buy more just because Amazon makes it easy. As with any purchase, make sure you’re getting the best deal before you buy. Sometimes saving a trip to a store you hate makes a purchase and even better deal. Sadly, the price on Amazon Prime has increased since we joined. I certainly enjoy Amazon Prime for now, and we have several more months to decide on keeping it at the increased price of $99.
Is it worth almost a hundred bucks to avoid Wal Mart?
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