I agree, you won't get the sale prices at Walmart.
Anybody been to Costco lately? It's a horror show. Prices have, in many instances, doubled from what they were 4-5 years ago.
We are getting a WinCo. right around the corner from Walmart, Sam's and Costco. It should hit them all in the pocket pretty good.
Buying food is getting ridiculous. I was in Sweden this summer and much of the grocery prices THERE were on par or even cheaper than ours now. (ground beef, for instance was cheaper in Stockholm than here.) What's that tell you?
Yep. We rarely go there anymore. Food prices there have really gotten ridiculous. BJ's consistently beats them on pricing.
There are a lot of Walmart haters out there, but I will say the King of Prussia Walmart (just outside Philadelphia) is a nice store. Friendly employees, clean, well stocked. I have no complaints. The parking lot is predominantly upscale cars - lots of newer minivans and SUV's. No shortage of Mercedes and Lexus vehicles. Walmart haters want to believe people are boycotting Walmart, but the truth is the economy is in the tank and that's what's bringing Walmart sales down.
If sales are down at Walmart, I suspect it has more to do with how people are shopping in these tough times. I have noticed that people's carts there are very targeted (as is our own). For instance, we will often buy a monthly supply of yogurt when we go there. It's not unusual to look over and see someone has a cart full of cereal or coffee. And then you head over to the Wegman's across the street and you see much the same thing (more meat and produce sold there though).