Better Shop Around! 9 Things You Shouldn’t Buy At Wal-Mart

November 7, 2014  |  

While you can buy almost everything at a big box store like Wal-Mart, there are some items you simply shouldn’t purchase. Wal-Mart might have some of the lowest prices around, but there are a few things that actually cost more at the chain when compared to prices at such rivals as Amazon, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s, reports Business Insider.

Based on price checks at two Wal-Mart stores and several competitors, according to  financial firm Kiplinger here are 89 items you shouldn’t buy at Wal-Mart

–Brand-name diapers. Sure you can get  some of the cheapest prices on house brand diapers at Wal-Mart, but if you want t a brand like Huggies, Pampers, or Luvs, Amazon offers them at lower prices.

–Ground beef. You can get a better deal on ground beef at Aldi. They sell it for $1 less per pound than Wal-Mart.

–Organic milk. You can save 50 cents if you get your half gallon of organic milk at Trader Joe’s, or 30 cents at Aldi instead of Wal-Mart.

–Nuts and seeds. You’ll pay nearly $1.50 more per pound for whole almonds at Trader Joe’s versus Wal-Mart.

–Batteries.  If you’re stocking up on batteries, skip Wal-Mart. According to Kiplinger,  “Supermarkets tend to have high markups on batteries. So does Walmart. You’ll do better by buying batteries in bulk at a warehouse club. For example, Duracell AA batteries cost nearly twice as much per battery at Walmart than at Costco ($10.97 for a pack of 16 versus $14.99 for a pack of 40).”

–Gift cards. Didn’t know you could save on gift card? You can. Save on gift cards for retailers and restaurants by buying them online. A $50 Olive Garden gift card costs $50 at Wal-Mart, but only $43.22 on

–Video games. Amazon is the place to shop for video games. Most games can be found cheaper at Amazon, including the Xbox 360 game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” It goes for $31.95 on Amazon but $45.99 on

–Toys and games.  Do you Christmas toy shopping at Amazon, advises Kiplinger. “We checked prices on a variety of toys and games — from Lego sets to Monopoly to an Easy Bake Oven — and found that Amazon beat Walmart by several dollars on all of the items except one (which was the same price at both retailers),” Kiplinger writes.

–Gift bags and wrapping paper. Don’t forget to check out the dollar stores this holiday season. You can get gift bags and wrapping paper there for a lot cheaper.

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