Sunday, November 15, 2009

Super Savings!

Ok so this isn't really so much about shopping local... but it is supporting a much smaller and in my opinion better chain that also is known for giving to charity and started the Family Hope Charity to help it's employees who are hurt by disasters. This is a little blurb I wrote about how Walmart is not the best choice for your dollar when you can go to Family Dollar. We all know Walmart isn't the green option but it's not even the value option. Plus with the money you save not shopping at Walmart you can support a local business or give to charity!
It shouldn't surprise anyone.. I don't like Walmart. I don't like the noise, the size, how rude the people shopping are and how rude the people working there are. Their prices are low but by no means the lowest, and their quality sucks. The only thing that is nice is the fact that 1. You can get everything in one place and 2. they have great selection in groceries. Once in awhile you can get a good bargain. For instance we got a great deal on a really nice full sized Christmas tree to replace "Frankentree". However most things are not worth the price. Last night when we ordered the tree we figured why not buy some new ornaments with it. We had sorted through our ornaments keeping only the red or silver ones and the ones that meant something to us. We have been trying the last few years to color coordinate our ornaments. So since we threw out a bunch and we also have a much bigger tree this year we figured why not buy some more. So we checked out what Walmart had figuring we would just add them to the order. What they had was sets by color of 32 plastic ball ornaments for 15 dollars each.
Since we needed both red and silver that was 30$. Add to that a lighted tree topper
for 12$ which brought our total to 42$. Then they doubled the shipping from $14 (for a huge 7.5 ft tree) to 30 just to add two boxes of ornaments and a topper. So that would have been all together just under 60$. Ridiculous right? Lowest prices my butt!
So I took everything but the tree out of the cart and just ordered the tree.
So today I decided to take a walk to Family Dollar. I love that store you can find everything there! They always have super low prices. So I checked out what they had and for the price of one box of ornaments from Walmart I got all this.....

It's 2 boxes of candy canes:

A box of glittery red balls and a box of glittery silver balls:

A box of glass hand blown silver ornaments:

A light up tree topper:

A box of regular red balls:

And a box of silver bells:

Now to be fair the Walmart ones were 64 ornaments and a tree topper and the family dollar ones were only 42 (not counting the candy canes) and a tree topper but when you compare the 60$ at Walmart to the 15$ at Family Dollar and the fact that some of them were hand blown glass... well for that price I could have bought a few more boxes to make it an even 64 and probably still have been under 20$.
So Family Dollar ROCKS MY SOCKS! In this economy I say down with Walmart and up with Family Dollar.

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