Tuesday, April 06, 2010
OK, I Give Up
If you've read this blog for a long time, you may have noticed that I hate Walmart. However, I regard it as a necessary evil, on occasion.
What I hate is the fact that Walmart has deliberately gone into smal towns and driven so many small retailers out of business. I used to be able to shop at home and find most of what I needed. After Walmart came to town, home-owned businesses couldn't compete and many closed. Now, if an item can't be found at "Wally-World," it is necessary to go out of town to shop.
For years, I have resisted shopping for groceries at Walmart, even though I realized that it would be a bit cheaper. I like my hometown grocery store and remained faithful even after it was sold to an out-of-town owner because they didn't change anything or replace any employees. I was still comfortable going there. Parking is easier and the sackers still carry groceries to the car. Everyone who works there knows me and is very friendly.
I think I could go to Walmart two or three times a week for ten years and never be recognized as a "regular'. Furthermore, my local grocery offers even more services. They will cash my check without asking me to show my driver's license, they sell stamps, and have a "mailbox" into which I can drop my utility bill payments and they will mail them for me. Of course, I haven't needed the last few services since I discovered the internet, but still...........)
Now, unfortunately, in light of the economic downturn, and at the urging of my son, I have bowed to the inevitable. I have started buying all of my groceries, except meat, at the local Super Center. I am astonished at the amount of my savings. And, most of the store brand, Great Value, items are quite good, which adds to the savings.
So, who says old people can't embrace change? I still don't like Walmart, but I'll hold my nose and shop there, and keep intoning, "Change is good. Change is good." Sigh.