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Thirty Days Without Walmart

Zero Day - Preparation for the War Against Walmart 
Jun. 23, 2010 6:10 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2014 1:11 pm
Living in Arkansas (home of the infamous Walmart for those of you who may not know) comes with it's own set of difficulties.  Foremost among those is the inability to escape Walmart stores.  They're literally everywhere and have pretty much driven most of the other grocery stores out of business ........

I relocated to Arkansas from So Cal several years ago and - quite frankly - I'm sick to death of Walmart (no offense - - - it simply seems as though I'm gleefully trotting off to my local center every other day or so).  So I'm giving it a break - - - a thirty day break to be exact.

I've always prided myself on keeping six months to a years worth of food here at home for emergencies - so let's see how this goes.  With the exception of milk, butter, and sour cream (ye gods but I love that stuff), I think I've pretty well got it under control (watch me eat my words in a week or so)

Day 1 begins tomorrow - I know I'm low on bread so I imagine that'll be my first priority - but I'm well stocked on wheat & bread flour so fingers crossed.  Hubby is also recovering from a heart attack so we're on a strict low sodium / low chol diet (ahhhhh the good ole days of eat whatcha want and the torpedos...........)

  *Beginning starter for Benoit's Ciabatta bread
  *Have several ears of cooked corn on the cob I need to use up - soup & sandwiches sound good for tomorrow nite
Jun. 23, 2010 6:24 pm
Good on you, looking forward to hearing how this progresses. I must admit, I am one of those people who I think go to the grocery store most days. Crazy I know, I guess I have too much time on my hands...
Jun. 23, 2010 6:29 pm
Good for you!!!! I to have banned the huge "small eating store". Our local Wal-Mart was up graded to a SuperCenter last fall and I wasn't overly impressed with the look of the produce. I am happy to say that I didn't support it at all last Christmas. I am not pleased with how this store has taken over our town and some people I know that work there only get 24 hours a week and this is considered full time, how can anyone live on working 24 hours a week pay? I have actually noticed that some of our groceries stores have better sales than they do, this is good news for me. More people should ban their store so that it may improve working conditions for them and for the third world countries that they purchase their products from. very sad.
Jun. 23, 2010 6:37 pm
I really dislike Walmart and will happily pay more else where!
Jun. 23, 2010 9:38 pm
I stopped going to Wal-Mart more than six years ago and haven't regretted it for a moment. I despise that place. I think you'll find it's really not bad at all. Good luck!!
Jun. 24, 2010 3:57 am
i too have stopped going to wm....i feel they rob me without a they have trick prices for the same thing...any way i have a IGA here i shop at plus the dollor stores...i won't go there...good luck
Jun. 24, 2010 4:24 am
You can do it!! We dont have any of those super WM's here where I live...I went in one on Florida once and I nearly fell was SOOOOOO big! All I wanted was a tooth brush and it took me forever to find it....I needed a map! Good for you...stick it to the man!!
Jun. 24, 2010 6:51 am
You really should visit this website: I have not gone to Wal-Mart in 3 years and I am very proud of that. I used to work there as did my boyfriend. They made me work 39 HOURS a week (not 40!) just so they wouldn't have to give me health care benefits. They pay men more than women for equal work and have been sued several times over it. Their "Super Stores" drive small businesses out of business when small business is what's going to save our economy! When my boyfriend worked there, they made him clock out and THEN go finish his work for the day (making sure he didn't go over those 39 hours!). Everything is imported from Mexico or another impoverished country (wonder how they get those prices so low?) not to mention that their employees are below the poverty level as far as wages go. I gladly pay a few cents more per shopping trip to shop at Fareway where I will KNOW where my food comes from and what is in it and that the employees are being paid a decent salary ON the clock!
Jun. 24, 2010 6:52 am
Good Luck, I myself worked for a supermarket on the east coast and our store was hurt by the walmart they had just built. Luckily they weren't a super wm (no veggies and luchmeat) or they would of closed us up. I think wm has some good prices but lacks freshness and variety in their veggies and produce! Can't wait to hear how you do!
Jun. 24, 2010 8:58 am
I personally don't shop there, but Walmart serves a need to many people. Abbey.. Walmart isn't the only company that plays with hours to avoid ponying up for benefits. Alot of companies do that. If I'm not mistaken, WalMart got sued and had to pay out many people for wage discrimination. I don't shop there for a multitude of reasons, but mainly because I believe cost cutting leads to risk to the consumer and it wreaks havoc on our environment as well.
Jun. 24, 2010 10:15 am
WalMart has a huge client base around here and many businesses were closed because of it. However, the businesses that survived them did so by adapting to what WalMart couldn't do and that is specializing and offering personal service.
Jun. 24, 2010 10:15 am
Believe it or not, I have never been to a Walmart....Just don't have the desire.
Jun. 24, 2010 10:31 am
I tell you what, when we lived in North Dakota the nearest Wal-Mart was 2 hours drive round trip. That is IF the weather is good. At that time it wasn't even a Super Wal-Mart and it didn't open on Sundays til noon. We found this out when we braved the ice and snow to go Christmas shopping EARLY one Sunday morning! Sat in the darn parking lot for 3 hours. So anyways, living there cured me of my need for Wal-Mart on a regular basis. I try and shop local if I can (or at least not at Wal-Mart) Good Luck to ya'!!!!
Jun. 24, 2010 10:37 am
I do have to add that I do my once monthly grocery shopping there because they are cheaper and offer some things that I just can't find at my local grocers.
Jun. 24, 2010 6:41 pm
Kudos for your efforts! and I too can say along with the rest of them that I simply do not allow myself to shop at Wal Mart. Being in Canada, we didn't actually get the stores in our area until about 5-6 years ago, we have 2 in our city of 150,000 (like we needed another one like we needed a hole in the head) and I refuse to go near either one. They are nothing but headaches and eyesores and I have heard more than my fair share of 'employment horror stories' from the local stores. A few years ago, a store in Quebec successfully closed to avoid the employees forming a union, their excuse? the store wasn't profitable...bull-pucks...what Wal Mart ISN'T profitable????
Jun. 25, 2010 9:42 am
I. Hate. Wal-Mart. When I was younger, my dad would always go on rants about why they're so awful, but since it was where are the cool kids hung out in town, I simply scoffed at him and thought it can't be THAT bad. Well, it's coming back to bite me, because, like so many other things in life, my dad was right about that, too!
Jun. 27, 2010 3:19 pm
Okay, I'm a crab about Wallyworld. In one visit there I had two bad times keeping my temper. In line for the checkout I was behind a GROUP of women and teen girls. They had a massive cart full, half of which was added after I was in line and they kept pushing by me and putting more and more items in. They seemed to come from everywhere! When the cashier was getting their order almost totalled up I noticed one of the teens had grabbed a handful of colorful socks and pressed them to her thigh below the sight line of the cashier.I waited for the cashier to spot it and thankfully, she did. The teen acted all surprised she had them. Right! Then, of course they had problems paying the amount due and had to have items deducted from their bill and finally a manager was called over,etc. etc. Whew!! My turn came to be cashed out and when my bags were in the cart some pre teen boys wandered over to my cart and started LOOKING THROUGH MY BAGS! Ugh!! I mean they were pawing through them! WTF?? I moved to my cart and got in their faces and naturally here comes Big Mama to escort her little angels away. Grrrrr! I don't go to Walmart . No more. I give up!
Jan. 16, 2014 1:11 pm
O.K. there are a couple of reasons that I am frustrated with WalMart...first of all they put one of the local grocery stores out of business and we had no choice for the most part as to where we could buy a lot of food and supplies for our local animal shelter. Well here is the interesting thing, when it came time for our annual fundraiser to get any kind of donation from WalMart you had to sign in on a book a min. Of 30 days in advance and then they would look at all the people seeking a donation for the month and decide who would and would not get help. Well I was so excited that the shelter got picked and I went there to pick up the donation and it was a $25.00 gift card. I am not saying that every penny doesn't help because it does, however for a company that makes you jump through hoops and is one of the wealthiest companies in the world to squeeze out a $25.00 gift card? Are you kidding me? Way to go WalMart, love your community support. The local grocery store didn't bat an eye at donating 20 plus bottles of wine and $100.00 gift card on the spot. The second thing I couldn't believe I was hearing was that WalMart was going to leave out a donation box for any customers who wished to donate to there employee fund for the Holidays! This is a great thought but why doesn't one of the richest corporations in the world pay there employees enough money so they can afford to have a happy and healthy holiday without using there rent checks? WalMart's C.E.O. should be ashamed and donate some of his millions to help his own employees...better yet pay them people what their worth.
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