Although Walmart may not be the first place that pops into your head when planning out your weekly grocery shopping list, it’s an incredibly valuable resource to use. Like their motto (“Save money. Live Better.”) claims, this superstore constantly offers deals on many of their products, including food, which makes it much easier on your wallet to stock up on your favorite provisions.
Due to the massive size of the company and its vast purchasing power, Walmart is able to negotiate much lower prices for brand-name goods and, most importantly, foods; they then pass these prices on to you, the consumer. Now, not every grocery item they sell has a great value, but many of them will in fact cost significantly less than what you would shell out at your local neighborhood supermarket.
Since Walmart can be a bit intimating due to its size, and sometimes hard to navigate, it’s always beneficial to have a game plan before heading there to shop. Do yourself a favor and take inventory of what you currently have and sit down for five minutes to map out what groceries you need. This is a helpful tip no matter where you do your shopping, as it makes you actively think of what you already have on hand so you don’t end up wasting money. So start saving money on food shopping and look out for these 10 groceries you should always buy at Walmart.
It’s important to stay hydrated and with deals like 3 cents per ounce for Poland Springs Natural Spring Water, Walmart is the place to go to find savings on all your bottled water needs. If Poland Springs isn’t your water of choice, no worries: They carry most of the major brands, and usually at a lower price than your local grocery store.
Not only can you pick up a 12-pack of Walmart’s Great Value brand soda for $2.68 — which comes out to just over 22 cents per can — but you can also score some major bargains on name-brand soft drink such as Coke, Pepsi, and even LaCroix products. You can sometimes even find retro favorites, like the popular sodas from the year you were born.
From Nabisco favorites to Little Debbie and Pepperidge Farm, Walmart has all the cookie options your sweet tooth could ever crave. And at such reasonable prices it’s a smart place to buy these treats. Oh, and did we mention… Walmart almost always gets the newest limited-edition flavors of Oreos, Teddy Grahams, and Chips Ahoy!
Of course we love a bag of Classic Lay’s potato chips or Doritos, which Walmart constantly has in stock at great values, but we recommend meeting your chip needs here because they also carry smaller and more regional tasty brands like Cape Cod, Mac’s, and even Utz.
With all your favorite gummy candies, jelly beans, chocolate, gum, hard candies, lollipops, and mints, Walmart’s candy selection is something reminiscent of Willy Wonka. Since there are so many options for candy in bulk, it’s OK to buy a whole case of chocolate bars; when the math shakes out, the individual bars in those packs are a lot cheaper than you’ll find at the supermarket. Just make sure not to eat the whole pack in one sitting.
If your family is like ours and you tear through multiple boxes of cereal a week, you should do yourself a favor and start buying them in bulk at Walmart. With all the major brands like General Mills, Quaker, Kellogg’s and Kashi, this superstore is a one-stop shop for this breakfast essential.
Although canned goods are relatively inexpensive, it’s still an area where you can save money on your weekly grocery bill if you choose the right deals. Walmart’s Great Value brand is usually cheaper than the bigger name brands and tastes just a good. We always have a can of their corned beef and pickled jalapeños on hand for a quick and easy answer to breakfast, but also love these 20 quick dinner dishes you can make out of cans.
With tons of “Rollback” offers every day, Walmart is the best place to buy condiments. Stock your refrigerator with all your barbecue sauce, mustard, and ketchup fixings. They even carry our favorite mayonnaise brands such as the smooth and creamy Duke’s and Japanese Kewpie.
Cooking oils such as olive, grapeseed, and avocado can sometimes be ridiculously expensive at grocery stores and specialty shops. Walmart however, has an incredible selection of reasonably priced oils that won’t break the bank. Pro tip: You usually get the best value for the bigger sizes of cooking oil — the price might be more up front, but you’ll benefit in the long run. For more grocery tips and bargains, make sure to check out these ways to save money at Trader Joe’s.
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