Monday, February 24, 2014

Deals at The Neighborhood WalMart Near You. . .

We recently (two months ago) had a Neighborhood WalMart open up close to our house.  It's within walking distance and I was a bit apprehensive about this.  We're Target people.  I've never really enjoyed the WalMart atmosphere. . . we have twenty four hour WalMarts in our area and the stores never really seems clean.  The people-watching aspect doesn't appeal to me, either.  I want to get in and get out and WalMart is always crowded.  Target charges a bit more but their returns are a lot easier and I just enjoy shopping there more.

I had not heard of Neighborhood WalMarts until we ran across one a few years ago.  I was curious, but not enough to go inside.  I Googled it and completely dismissed it. . . until we got one by our house.

I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.  Perhaps it's because the store is so new, but it seems clean to me.  The crowds aren't there and the store isn't this huge labyrinth that makes no sense to me. (Why put frozen foods in the front of the store and milk in the back. . . stuff thaws by the time you get to the back of the store to get your milk!)  Our store is sensibly laid out and, since it focuses on groceries, it isn't huge.

And the deals.  Wowza, I love the deals.  Check these babies out!
Suave Professional Conditioners. . .a buck each.  I bought six.  Woo, Woo!

Every time I'm in there, there's carts stuck out in the main aisle in front of the cashiers with paper printouts with the price taped to the handle of the cart.  I don't know if this store gets overflow that they have to get rid of or if they run out of room or what. . . I know I love the deals. 

Did I need six conditioners?  Not today.  Eventually, though.  I'll roll through this in less than three months.  My head takes a lot of conditioning. 

My gorgeous and smart sister, completely fed up with my habit of heading straight to the clearance racks, once told me that "things are on clearance for a reason."  She, however, would totally approve of this clearance shopping.  There's some rules for shopping clearance and getting a good deal.

 Do you need it?  If you do, and it's on sale, this is a good time to buy it!
Will you use it?  You want to make sure it's in the foreseeable future.  I could have bought all forty bottles of the conditioner but, realistically, I wouldn't use it all anytime soon.  My hair tends to get used to a product and it stops working.  I'd be stuck with thirty two bottles of conditioner I got a great deal on but couldn't use.
Do you have the storage space for it?  If you will have to quit eating at the kitchen table because you now need it for storage space, it's probably not a good idea to buy it.
Can you afford it?  Doesn't matter how good of a deal it is, if you can't afford it now, you shouldn't buy it.  Period.

Deep down, I'm a clearance shopper.  The orange clearance stickers make my heart beat a little bit faster and I love it when I can get a good deal on something.  My best clearance purchase to date has to be the eleven dollar vacuum cleaner I bought at Target three years ago.   The worst clearance purchase?  A steak for our anniversary dinner!  I usually do great with markdown meat but this was ick.  Enough said.

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