WalMart http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7677/all en-US Best Money Tips: 30+ Ways to Save Money at Walmart http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-30-ways-to-save-money-at-walmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-30-ways-to-save-money-at-walmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/walmart_store_494315703.jpg" alt="Learning the best ways to save money at Walmart" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on simple ways to save money at Walmart, how to have a green Super Bowl party, and hidden fees to watch out for.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/walmart-savings-hacks/">37 Amazingly Simple Ways to Save Money at Walmart</a> &mdash; A clearance item has been discounted to its lowest when the price ends with a 1, like $12.01. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.shoplet.com/environment/5-simple-ways-to-green-your-super-bowl-viewing-party/">5 Simple Ways to Green Your Super Bowl Viewing Party</a> &mdash; Buy drinks and snacks in bulk to keep packaging waste to a minimum. [Shoplet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/5-hidden-fees-watch-adding/">5 Hidden Fees to Watch Out For that Could Be Adding Up</a> &mdash; The price of a concert or sporting even ticket is loaded with fees when you buy online. You can save some cash by purchasing your tickets directly at the venue's box office. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0127/Try-these-15-free-educational-apps-for-your-kids">Try these 15 free educational apps for your kids</a> &mdash; These apps will help your kids develop their skills in literacy, math, and more. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Sore-Muscle-Salve-34150646">DIY Warming Rub For Sore Muscles</a> &mdash; This all-natural rub can sooth sore muscles and makes for a nice massage lotion. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/save-money-on-valentines-day/">Top 10 Ways To Save Money On Valentine&rsquo;s Day Gifts</a> &mdash; Celebrate the holiday on a different date. You'll be able to avoid holiday pricing &mdash; and holiday crowds. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyontrees.ca/6-tips-on-how-to-find-your-next-internship-or-summer-job/">6 Tips on How to Find your Next Internship or Summer Job</a> &mdash; Tap into your network of family and friends. Let them know the kind of work you're looking for and be ready to provide an up-to-date resume if they ask for one. [Money on Trees]</p> <p><a href="http://pinching-pennies.com/2017/01/gain-financial-freedom-through-14-fantastically-simple-questions/">Gain Financial Freedom Through 14 Fantastically Simple Questions</a> &mdash; These simple questions will point you in the direction of a financially secure future. [Pinching Pennies]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/how-to/get-promoted-faster/">How to Stand Out at Work and Get Promoted Faster</a> &mdash; Respectfully let your supervisor know if you would like to move up the ladder and ask what you might need to do to get a promotion. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/8-tips-to-deal-with-difficult-and-rude-people/">8 Tips to Deal with Difficult and Rude People</a> &mdash; When you're dealing with a difficult person, pay attention to your body language and responses. Proper communication can go a long way in keeping a conversation civil. [Pick The Brain]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-30-ways-to-save-money-at-walmart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals">Walmart vs. Sam&#039;s Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target">The 8 Things That Are Always Cheaper at Target</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits">The disappearance of real America - my guest post at Zen Habits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips WalMart Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:30:30 +0000 Amy Lu 1884416 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Things That Are Always Cheaper at Target http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/target_shopper_000035488722_0.jpg" alt="Learning things that are always cheaper at target" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is no arguing the fact that Target has a very loyal following among many shoppers. While they might not always have the lowest prices, they certainly attract consumers who'll happily pay a little extra to avoid the crowded aisles of other discounters.</p> <p>But there <em>are</em> certain items which are almost always cheaper at Target compared to other retailers. Here are eight such items that'll save you money on your next Target shopping trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-store-credit-card-target-redcard?ref=seealso">The Best Store Credit Card: Target REDcard</a>)</p> <p>(<strong>Note</strong>: Prices below as of October, 2015.)</p> <h2>1. &quot;Green&quot; Cleaning Products</h2> <p>Not only has Target led the natural cleaning trend over the past few years, but they often do it at a price lower than the competition. For example, Target sells the 28oz bottle of Method All-Surface Cleaner for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/method-pink-grapefruit-all-purpose-natural-surface-cleaner-28-oz/-/A-13532715">an affordable $2.99</a>, while Walmart sells the same product&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Method-00010-All-Surface-Cleaner/32559207">for $5.49</a> and Amazon sells it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FEUKCO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FEUKCO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MQXFL45BCGGHYREB">for $8.00</a>.</p> <p>Another great example is Green Works laundry detergent in the 90oz size; at Target&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/green-works-laundry-detergent-90-oz/-/A-16755120">you'll pay $11.99</a>, while&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Liquid-Laundry-Detergent-Original-90oz-Bottle-30319/45752456">you'll pay $23.27</a> at Walmart, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RXIVIDU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00RXIVIDU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAVEZFFCGKKMHPL3">$19.21 at Amazon</a>. You'll also find similar savings at Target on other popular natural cleaning brands, like J.R. Watkins, Honest, and Seventh Generation.</p> <h2>2. Kids' Bedding and Decor</h2> <p>When buying bedding for your child's room, your wallet will likely benefit greatly from shopping at Target. You'll find steep savings on sheet and comforter sets, throw blankets, and even decorative pillows. This is especially true when buying &quot;character&quot; bedding from Star Wars, Disney, and Sesame Street. For example, you can purchase the popular Star Wars Classic Twin Sheet Set from Target&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/star-wars-classic-twin-sheet-set/-/A-15666118">for $19.79</a>, while you'll have to pay&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NZE18HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NZE18HC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MJZNWGPAGDVX5M2L">$26.07 on Amazon</a>. If you're shopping for a girl, you'll also save at Target, as you can buy the four-piece Disney Frozen bed set&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/disney-frozen-4-piece-toddler-bed-set-multicolor-toddler/-/A-16337571">for $31.49</a> where you'll have to pay&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Disney-Frozen-Elsa-Anna-4-Piece-Toddler-Bedding-Set/38580148">$36.97 at Walmart</a>.</p> <h2>3. Photo Frames</h2> <p>When compared to the competition, Target is a great place to shop for picture frames and save money. While they easily beat the price at specialty stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric, they surprisingly also undercut the likes of Walmart and Amazon. For example, at Target you can buy 8x10 inch frames (set of two&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/room-essentials-flat-top-frame-2-pack/-/A-12729946">for $13.99</a>, while you'll have to pay&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Wide-Picture-Frame-Black-Set-of-2-8-x10/10404218">$19.97 at Walmart</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012TOJZJ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B012TOJZJ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VK4JJ7KFH4J4KYF7">$18.99 at Amazon</a>.</p> <p>The savings you'll find at Target aren't limited to the popular 8x10 size &mdash; it's seen across all picture frame sizes and designs. Plus, they often have coupons available via their&nbsp;<a href="http://cartwheel.target.com/">Cartwheel app</a> on home items and décor that will bring the price down even further.</p> <h2>4. Beauty Items</h2> <p>Target is where you'll get the most bang for your buck when buying cosmetics and makeup. While prices are generally better at Target when compared to Amazon, Walmart, and Macy's, the real savings comes in the gift card deals they offer. A current example is a free $5 Target gift card when you buy three L'Oreal products. When the gift card is factored into the price, Target easily beats the competition.</p> <p>Other examples include a free $5 Target gift card with the purchase of three Aveeno items, and buy one, get one for 50% off with all fragrances. Also, be sure to always check for&nbsp;<a href="http://coupons.target.com/coupons/beauty-Coupons-101/">printable Target coupons</a> before you visit to ensure you get the lowest price on beauty items.</p> <h2>5. Name-Brand Baby Gear</h2> <p>Brands like Graco, Britax, and Evenflo are often cheapest at Target. For example, Target currently sells the Graco Pack 'N Play Playard&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/graco-pack-n-play-playard-on-the-go/-/A-13516456">for $59.99</a> (color: Pasadena), while the cheapest color currently on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UV0UEA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005UV0UEA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WHKUO2T2XHD2CF2Q">Amazon is $69.97</a>. The same can be said for the Evenflo High-Back Booster seat; you'll find it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/evenflo-amp-high-back-booster/-/A-14419216">for $33.99</a> at Target and have to pay&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PB2C5O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006PB2C5O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C4FHLRE2EY4LLZ2W">$39.98 at Amazon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Big-Kid-Amp-Booster-Car-Seat/21670282">$35.98 at Walmart</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=55309466">$39.99 at Babies R Us</a>. It's always a smart idea to check pricing at Target before buying baby products, as you'll often find the lowest price.</p> <h2>6. Men's Deodorant</h2> <p>Target is a great place to save money on deodorant and anti-perspirant for men. For example, Target sells the two-pack of men's Old Spice High Endurance Deodorant&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/old-spice-high-endurance-fresh-scent-men-s-deodorant-3-oz-2-count/-/A-13331201">for $3.97</a>, while Walmart sells the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Old-Spice-Fresh-High-Endurance-Deodorant-3-oz-Pack-of-2/22101438">same product for $5.97</a>. Also, you can find a two-pack of Axe Phoenix Anti-Perspirant at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/axe-phoenix-anti-perspirant-deodorant-stick-2-7-oz-twin-pack/-/A-12980578">Target for $6.29</a>, compared to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Axe-Phoenix-Twin-Pack-2.7oz/14178767">$7.37 at Walmart</a>. I found similar savings on other popular brands like Gillette, Degree, and Dove Men's Care as well.</p> <p>For whatever reason, women's deodorant is cheaper across the board at Walmart and Amazon. But if you're a guy, or buying for one, purchase from Target and take advantage of the lower prices.</p> <h2>7. Tall Kitchen Bags</h2> <p>This one might seem a bit random, but kitchen trash bags &mdash; the tall variety &mdash; are 25% cheaper at Target compared to Walmart. Specifically, I'm talking about the store brand at each store. At Target, you can get the Up &amp; Up brand in a 110 count box&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/p/up-up-flap-tie-tall-kitchen-bags-13-gal-110-ct/-/A-14738970">for $9.99</a>, while you'll pay $12.52 for a box of only 100 bags of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Tall-Kitchen-Bags-13-gal-100ct/16940526">Walmart brand</a>. Both bags received strong customer reviews, making the Target brand a solid buy.</p> <h2>8. Wedding Registry Gifts</h2> <p>Because of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.target.com/gift-registry/wedding-registry">exclusive discounts they offer</a>, wedding registry gifts are simply cheaper at Target. If the wedding couple registered at several stores, and Target is one of them, always choose to shop with them and you'll save. For example, they currently have a discount code (WEDDING20) that is good for 20% off your $100 or more regular-priced wedding registry gift. So if you're buying the couple the KitchenAid Mixer they registered for, you'll only pay $200 instead of $250 &mdash; a price that beats all of the major competition.</p> <p>By the way, having been married for 15 years, I can honestly say that this mixer is the only gift we received that we still use today. It clearly falls under the category of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quality-over-price-15-items-to-spend-more-on">quality items worth the price</a>.</p> <p>By knowing the items at Target that provide the most savings, you can plan your next trip accordingly and save money. Also, it's worth noting that most of the products listed above provide the same savings in-store as they do online. Happy savings.</p> <p><em>What items, if any, do you usually find cheaper at Target compared to other major retailers?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%208%20Things%20That%20Are%20Always%20Cheaper%20at%20Target.jpg&amp;description=The%208%20Things%20That%20Are%20Always%20Cheaper%20at%20Target" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%208%20Things%20That%20Are%20Always%20Cheaper%20at%20Target.jpg" alt="The 8 Things That Are Always Cheaper at Target" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stores-with-the-best-price-matching">10 Stores With the Best Price Matching</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals">Walmart vs. Sam&#039;s Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-should-always-buy-at-department-stores">6 Things You Should Always Buy at Department Stores</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon best deals big box stores department stores price comparisons target WalMart Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:15:21 +0000 Kyle James 1603285 at http://www.wisebread.com Walmart vs. Sam's Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals? http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_food_000056572494.jpg" alt="Woman finding out if Walmart or Sam&#039;s Club has better deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can you save enough money at Sam's Club, compared to Walmart, to justify the $45 annual membership fee? I did the research and compared the pricing on over 100 everyday items at both retailers. The price tags were very similar on the majority of the items I examined. But interestingly, I did find 12 commonly-used products that had a fairly drastic price difference at one retailer compared to the other.</p> <p>If you purchase any of these items frequently, it might make the difference in choosing a preferred retailer. Below are the products that offer the biggest savings when comparing Sam's pricing to that of Walmart's.</p> <h2>1. Over-the-Counter Medications (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>Sam's Club is the clear winner when it comes to over-the-counter medications. A great example is 10mg Zyrtec Allergy tablets. At Sam's you can get a 100-count package for $29.98, while you'll have to pay $34.94 at Walmart for only 70 tablets. The same holds true for Benadryl Allergy, where a 48-count box at Sam's goes for $4.89; you'll have to pay $6.48 for the same at Walmart. The price differences extend way beyond allergy medications, as well. For example, Advil tablets at Sam's cost $16.39 for a 360-count bottle, while a 300-count bottle at Walmart sells for $18.48.</p> <h2>2. Alcohol (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If you buy alcohol on a regular basis, a Sam's membership will easily pay for itself in terms of savings. For example, Jack Daniels Whiskey sells for $0.55 an ounce at Sam's compared to $0.66 at your local Walmart. In general, this holds true for other spirits as well, including wine and beer. Note that non-members can also buy booze from Sam's Club (and other membership warehouse stores such as Costco).</p> <h2>3. Sports Drinks (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If you have kids that play sports and consume Gatorade or PowerAde during games and practices, you'll want to stock up at Sam's Club and save money. For example, Sam's sells a 28-pack of 12oz Gatorades for $10.48, or $0.03 an ounce. In contrast, Walmart sells an 18-pack of the same size bottles for $8.68, or $0.04 an ounce. Over the course of a sports season, the savings is significant, especially if you're assigned a game to bring snacks and drinks for the entire team.</p> <h2>4. Breakfast Cereal (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If breakfast cereal is eaten in your home most mornings, you'll want to stock up at Sam's Club and save. At Sam's, you can buy a two-pack of Cheerios (41 ounces in total) for $5.68, or an affordable $0.13 an ounce. Compare that with Walmart, who sells an 18oz box for $3.68, and you'll end up paying a hefty $0.20 an ounce for Cheerios. Cheerios not your thing? Not a problem, as you'll find similar savings at Sam's on favorites like Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Raisin Bran, to name a few.</p> <h2>5. Frozen Pizza (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>When it comes to a delicious frozen pizza, Sam's is where you'll save the most money. For example, a DiGiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza at Sam's costs $4.66 compared to $5.47 at Walmart. Also, it should be pointed out that while Sam's only offers a three-pack of pizzas, you can buy them individually at Walmart. But if you have the freezer space, buying the three-pack for an affordable $13.98 is the best way to go.</p> <h2>6. Peanut Butter (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>I found this price battle interesting as both Walmart and Sam's stock the Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter pack of two jars, 40 ounces each. The Sam's price is $9.18, while Walmart is over a dollar and a half more at $10.78. Sam's is also cheaper for JIF peanut butter, but the savings is not as significant as it is with Skippy for some reason.</p> <h2>7. Diapers (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If diapers are currently on your shopping list, you're well served buying them at Sam's. For example, a 162-count box of Pampers (size 2) at Sam's runs $33.98, or $0.21 each, while the same size at Walmart will cost you over $0.25 each. Four cents might not seem like much until you start adding up how many diapers you'll need before you can potty-train. Similar savings can be found on Huggies and Luvs as well, in all sizes.</p> <h2>8. Laundry Detergent (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>While Sam's Club sells larger sizes than Walmart, Sam's beats them in price across the board when it comes to laundry detergent. For example, Sam's has Tide Original Liquid Detergent for $0.095 an ounce while Walmart comes in at almost $0.12 an ounce. Also, All Stainlifter detergent sells for $.071 per ounce at Walmart compared to the cheaper version at Sam's which sells for $0.06 an ounce. While the savings seems small in terms of ounces, it really adds up over the course of a year, especially if you're doing laundry for a large family.</p> <h2>9. Shampoo and Conditioner (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>When buying shampoo and conditioner, Sam's is clearly the place to shop. They currently sell a 40oz bottle of Pantene Pro-V shampoo for $5.88 while Walmart sells a smaller 29oz bottle for a more expensive $6.42. The same can be said for Nexxus Therappe shampoo which Sam's sells for $0.40 an ounce, compared to $0.45 at Walmart. I couldn't find a single example where Walmart had a better per unit price, compared to Sam's, on shampoo or conditioner.</p> <h2>10. Hot Dogs/Sausage (Winner: Walmart)</h2> <p>I'm not sure exactly why, but you'll almost always score a better deal on hot dogs and sausages at Walmart compared to Sam's Club prices. For example, you can buy a 16-count package of Ball Park franks at Walmart for $0.37 each, while you'll have to buy a 24-count package at Sam's and pay close to $0.40 each.</p> <h2>11. Frozen Fish (Winner: Walmart)</h2> <p>When it comes to frozen fish, the prices at Walmart are an easy catch when compared to Sam's. At Walmart, wild salmon fillets in a two-pound bag sell for $9.86, which comes out to $0.31 an ounce. If you head over to Sam's, you'll find that they carry farmed Atlantic salmon, in a three-pound bag, which goes for $22.47, or $0.47 an ounce. Doing some quick math, Walmart is approximately 30% cheaper than Sam's. If salmon is not your thing, you'll find similar savings at Walmart on tilapia and even the tasty fish stick.</p> <h2>12. Blank Media (Winner: Walmart)</h2> <p>In particular, I'm talking about blank CDs and DVDs and Walmart is cheaper across the board. For example, the Verbatim DVD-R 100-pack sells for a low $20.40 on Walmart, compared to $22.48 at Sam's. The same can be said for blank CDs; Walmart sells the Verbatim 100-pack for $16.99, whereas Sam's has the same product for $17.97.</p> <p>Sam's Club clearly won my pricing challenge by a score of nine to three, making a Sam's membership worth the $45 annual fee in many cases. This is especially true if you're accustomed to buying in bulk for a large family, because most of the packaging at Sam's is bigger in size and will last longer. That's a good problem to have, assuming you have the storage space, as it means fewer trips to the store and more money in your wallet at the end of the month.</p> <p><em>Do you have a <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.1374705&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Sam's Club membership</a>? If so, what items have you discovered that provide the most savings?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwalmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWalmart%20vs.%20Sams%20Club-%20Who%20Actually%20Has%20the%20Better%20Deals-.jpg&amp;description=Walmart%20vs.%20Sams%20Club%3A%20Who%20Actually%20Has%20the%20Better%20Deals%3F" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Walmart%20vs.%20Sams%20Club-%20Who%20Actually%20Has%20the%20Better%20Deals-.jpg" alt="Walmart vs. Sams Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sams-club-or-costco-which-warehouse-club-is-right-for-you">Sam&#039;s Club or Costco: Which Warehouse Club Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more">8 Sneaky Ways Wholesale Clubs Get You to You Spend More</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best value groceries membership fee price comparisons sam's club WalMart warehouse stores Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:01:05 +0000 Kyle James 1571536 at http://www.wisebread.com These Secrets of Amazon's Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thinking_000059983456.jpg" alt="Woman finding best buys on amazon through secret pricing strategy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It can be easy for Amazon customers to assume they're always getting the best price. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what the marketing geniuses at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">Amazon</a> want you to do. They don't want you to compare prices with Walmart; instead they want you to perceive them as always having the lowest price.</p> <p>They do this by pricing a few, popular items lower than Walmart does in an effort to build your perception of them as a low-price leader. By knowing which items undercut Walmart's pricing &mdash; and which don't &mdash; you can become a more informed shopper and save money in the process.</p> <h2>Items That Are Cheaper at Amazon</h2> <p>Spotting the loss leaders at Amazon is not hard. After all, they <em>wan</em>t you to find the lower prices for their marketing to work.</p> <h3>Items With a High Customer (Star) Rating</h3> <p>A recent study from Boomerang Commerce showed that, in an effort to be perceived as a low price leader, Amazon <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/boomerang-commerce-introduces-price-perception-index-for-online-retailers-300019677.html">purposefully undercuts the Walmart price</a> on products with a high star rating. (A high rating is anything over four stars.)</p> <p>By analyzing millions of orders over the years, Amazon has realized that a great way to build loyal customers is to beat the competition on products that people are gobbling up due to the glowing opinions of fellow shoppers. Use this to your advantage by gravitating toward products with at least a four-star rating, especially when there are at least 50 reviews. It's a bit of a follower's mentality, but you'll find it really does hold true, especially when shopping for small electronics, toys, and video games.</p> <h3>Highly Visible Products</h3> <p>Another category of products that Amazon sells cheaper than Walmart is highly visible and popular items. In other words, items that have a lot of buzz around them and are often featured on the Amazon homepage or highlighted on specific product category pages. Again, the perception of having the lowest price means a lot to Amazon, so when a product has a lot of eyes on it, Amazon will tend to price it lower than Walmart. Examples of some popular and highly visible items that consistently beat Walmart include the popular <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=Fitbit%20Charge%20activity%20wristband&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431703039&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AFitbit%20Charge%20activity%20wristband%2Cp_89%3AFitbit&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=42WLZJFPNJZAUQMH">Fitbit Charge Activity Wristband</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Dyson%20vacuum%20cleanerDyson%20vacuum%20cleaner&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ADyson%20vacuum%20cleanerDyson%20vacuum%20cleaner&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=PBDXWU3XBHNYR2PJ">Dyson vacuum cleaners</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=Keurig%20brewer&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431703152&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Cn%3A284507%2Cn%3A915194%2Cn%3A7740213011%2Cn%3A2474054011%2Ck%3AKeurig%20brewer%2Cp_89%3AKeurig&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S77OLKFBQ7V2NDDM">Keurig coffee makers</a>, and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=Jawbone%20wireless%20speaker&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431703218&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AJawbone%20wireless%20speaker%2Cp_89%3AJawbone&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UAR2FRJOBTDAWQXX">Jawbone Wireless Speaker</a>.</p> <h2>Items That Are Bad Buys at Amazon</h2> <p>Amazon obviously can't undercut the Walmart price on every product. With Walmart's enormous buying power, and reputation for pressuring suppliers to lower prices, it simply can't be done. This means Amazon often raises the prices on other products to make up the difference. These &quot;other products&quot; are items that are not very glamorous in nature and tend to be more &quot;needs&quot; than &quot;wants.&quot;</p> <h3>Consumer Electronic Add-Ons</h3> <p>If you score a great deal on a HDTV from Amazon, beware of add-ons like cables, wall mounts, and screen cleaners, as they're typically marked-up. Other examples of add-ons that can be marked up include things like a wireless mouse when buying a laptop, and a protective case or charging station for your new Kindle. In many cases, Amazon will try to pad their profits on these add-ons making them not such a great deal for shoppers.</p> <h3>Household Items</h3> <p>Amazon has the reputation of being up to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-06-22/wal-mart-beats-amazon-prices-including-glee-dvd-set">20% more expensive than Walmart</a> when shopping for household items like laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, and the like. While this margin is definitely getting smaller in recent years, you'll still typically end up paying more compared to Walmart and Costco. If you are going to shop for household items at Amazon, I highly recommend signing up for their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> program, which allows you to get items sent on a monthly schedule with free delivery. The best part is you'll get 15% off your total when you have at least five items in your monthly subscription plan. The extra 15% savings brings Amazon very close in price, or in many cases, under the Walmart price for identical products.</p> <h3>Clothing</h3> <p>The problem with buying brand name apparel from Amazon is they rarely mark down prices and seldom have coupons. You'll typically score a much better deal by shopping at discount clothing stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls.</p> <h3>Shoes</h3> <p>When shopping for brand name shoes, especially online, you'll find much better prices at websites like Shoebuy, 6PM.com, and ShoeMall. Not only do all three sites offer free shipping, but they also regularly have coupon codes in the 25% off range. For example, a new pair of top of the line women's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UVNE9S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005UVNE9S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6OPCHDMFUUS3DULF">New Balance 990V3</a> running shoes is selling for $149.95 at both Amazon and Shoebuy, with free shipping. But with a little digging, I found a 20% off coupon code for Shoebuy, bringing my total down to $119.96 &mdash; a price Amazon can't touch.</p> <p>While having the perception of being a low price leader is something Amazon strives for, it's up to us, as smart consumers, to see through the charade and always do our due diligence when making significant purchases. This means always price comparing, looking for coupons that'll beat Amazon pricing, and understanding the types of products Amazon purposefully prices higher than the competition. Do that and you're guaranteed to always find the lowest price.</p> <p><em>Have you noticed Amazon offering certain items cheaper than the competition?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-strange-ways-online-shopping-has-changed-the-world">6 Strange Ways Online Shopping Has Changed the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazons-secret-30-day-price-guarantee">Amazon&#039;s secret 30-day price guarantee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping Amazon online shopping price comparison retail WalMart Mon, 25 May 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Kyle James 1429809 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Groceries at Walmart http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-groceries-at-walmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-groceries-at-walmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-grocery-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_78606509.jpg" alt="couple grocery shopping" title="couple grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save money on groceries at Walmart, the golden rules of decluttering, and how to simplify your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/walmart-savings-hacks">Walmart Hacks: 8 Ways to Save Even More Money on Groceries</a> &mdash; Shop early so you can be the first to get to yesterday's baked goods, or meat and produce that are close to their &quot;sell by&quot; date; these are usually marked down in the morning. [Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Declutter-Rules-34388673">12 Golden Rules of Decluttering</a> &mdash; Get into the habit of putting things back where they belong, right away! Don't give clutter the chance to build up. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/personal-finance/10-ways-can-simplify-financial-life">10 Ways You Can Simplify Your Financial Life</a> &mdash; Designate &quot;no spend&quot; days&hellip; or even months! It may be difficult, but it'll go a long way to helping you identify which expenses are truly necessary and which ones you can dump. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2015/02/tips-for-being-frugal-foodie-109597/">8 Ways to Be a More Frugal Foodie</a> &mdash; Reorganize your fridge so that the items that will spoil soon are in plain sight. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestkeptself.com/2015/02/25/6-reasons-why-making-fitness-a-priority-benefits-your-relationships/">6 Reasons Why Making Fitness a Priority Benefits Your Relationships</a> &mdash; You're able to give more to others when you make sure to take care of yourself first. [Best Kept Self]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.prolificliving.com/money-affirmations">25 Money Affirmations to Attract Wealth and Abundance</a> &mdash; If you don't think you can make money, then you won't! Focus on these money affirmations and change the way you think about money. [Prolific Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/dealing-with-sadness/">3 Proven Steps to Dealing With Sadness</a> &mdash; Something triggered your sadness &mdash; what is it? Dive into specifics, and write it down. [Wake Up Cloud]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/alternative-investments-besides-stocks-and-bonds-for-financial-freedom/">6 Alternative Investments Besides Stocks and Bonds to Help You Achieve Financial Freedom</a> &mdash; There are multiple ways to make money from real estate, like renting out property, flipping houses, or REITs. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/network-better.html">23 Scientific Ways to Network Better</a> &mdash; Pay attention to your body language! Eye contact communicates confidence and intelligence, and smiling makes you more approachable. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/raising-awareness-for-heart-disease-in-women">Raising Awareness for Heart Disease in Women</a> &mdash; It's important to know what the symptoms of a stroke and a heart attack are, as well as what to do when they occur. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-groceries-at-walmart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-meaning-of-milk-label-colors">The Meaning of Milk Label Colors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips grocery shopping WalMart Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1314950 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think http://www.wisebread.com/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000049981378_Large.jpg" alt="girls shopping store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think you're getting a great bargain by shopping at big box stores that market themselves as purveyors of incredibly low prices, you may want to think again. Consider the alluring &quot;loss leader&quot; pricing strategy, for example. America's discount retailers draw you in by selling certain items at or below cost. But, they make up for lost profits on those dramatic mark-downs by selling you other, higher-priced products during that same visit. By the time you reach the register, the amazing savings you reaped from that doorbuster special is reduced by all the other higher-priced items you purchased. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-retailers-manipulate-you-into-spending?ref=seealso">How Retailers Manipulate You Into Spending More</a>)</p> <p>Stores use a variety of such techniques to make themselves only <em>seem</em> cheaper than they really are. Read on for our roundup of some of the big name stores that are more expensive than you think.</p> <h2>1. Walmart</h2> <p>&quot;Always the Lowest Price. Always.&quot; That's the original Walmart slogan. But the world's biggest retailer was forced to stop using it when the National Advertising Review Board ruled that Walmart's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/03/07/97586/-Wake-Up-People-Wal-Mart-s-Prices-Aren-t-That-Low#">lowest price claim </a>simply wasn't true. Perhaps a more accurate tagline would have instead utilized the word &quot;sometimes.&quot;</p> <p>Indeed, some of Walmart's items are priced lower than anywhere else. Those key products are strategically chosen commodities that customers like you tend to know the going price of. Therefore, you know a steal when you see one, such as 25 cent cans of Progresso soup or a Dyson upright vacuum for $369. Eventually, you see enough good deals and assume everything Walmart sells is cheap. Alas, it is not. If you pile up your shopping cart with a mix of good deals, bad ones, and regularly priced items, you've merely neutralized your big savings, while helping Walmart achieve its bottom line.</p> <h2>2. Target</h2> <p>Though it caters to the fashion-forward shopper rather than the self-identified thrifty one, Target sells many of the same products as Walmart. In fact, 80% of Target's and Walmart's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/2012/10/23/66b97b8e-17d0-11e2-9855-71f2b202721b_story.html">merchandise is identical</a>, according to Charles Fishman, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143038788/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0143038788&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2VZCDYFUMQHVVWZW">The Wal-Mart Effect</a>. The two stores also offer the same discounts. A recent comparison by Bloomberg Businessweek found only a 46 cent difference between the two retailers per $100 of purchases. You'll save those 46 cents at Target, the analysis found, although Walmart usually wins independent price comparisons. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target?ref=seealso">How to Find the Secret Deals and Biggest Markdowns at Target</a>)</p> <h2>3. Dollar General</h2> <p>Despite the name, not everything here is a dollar or less. And even when it is, you're not necessarily getting bang for your buck. Case in point: The price tag on bulk goods at Dollar General is often lower due to smaller unit counts, but they can be higher per piece. For instance, an analysis by the Wall Street Journal found a 28-pack of Pampers diapers sells for $10, or 35 cents per diaper, on Dollar General's website. But the same diapers on Walmart's website sells in a 180-pack box for $45.97, or 25 cents per diaper. So, yes, you can get diapers for less money at Dollar General. But they'll cost you 40% more per diaper than if you were to buy a bigger bulk package at Walmart.</p> <h2>4. Amazon Prime</h2> <p>The $99 annual fee you must pay to gain membership to Amazon Prime gets you free two-day shipping on selected products. If you're a fairly frequent Amazon Prime shopper, a membership should work out in your favor. But beware: As a Prime customer, you may not always be presented with <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-boosts-prime-membership-99-cites-fuel-transportation-costs/">the cheapest item</a>.</p> <p>A GeekWire analysis found that a search for a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker turns up a <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-shoppers-question-whether-prime-membership-scam/">Prime-eligible product</a> that costs $49.95 for free two-day shipping. But if you were to click on more options, the same slow cooker is available from a different seller for $38.01 plus $11.99 for shipping, for a grand total of $50. In this case, as a Prime customer, your $99 membership fee would save you a mere 15 cents.</p> <p>In another scenario, the analysis found a vacuum cleaner filter from Dirt Devil was actually cheaper if you didn't use your Prime account. The Prime item cost $13.49, but another vendor was charging $12.74, plus free shipping. Now, this isn't always the case. Often the Prime-eligible item is the cheapest one. But if you are a sporadic Prime shopper rather than a loyal one, or if you don't want to have to dig to ensure you're getting the best deal, a Prime membership might not be worthwhile for you.</p> <h2>5. Kohl's</h2> <p>At Kohl's, <a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/02/22/consumerwatch-investigation-finds-kohls-sale-prices-arent-always-a-deal/">sales prices</a>&nbsp;aren't always what they seem. A CBS hidden-camera investigation conducted between November 2011 and January 2012 found that the discount retailer was in the habit of marking up items as much as $100 from earlier levels before putting them on sale. For Pattie Woody, the result is that the $202.99 sheet set she purchased at a 50% discount had actually been priced at $169.99 before the sale, the investigation found. The pre-sale markup meant that Woody really only saved 40% rather than the advertised 50%. In another example, a twin sheet set was listed at half off the original price of $89.99. But inside the plastic zipper, the earlier price tag read $49.99, indicating the sale was only a $5 savings from the original tag.</p> <p><em>What other tricks do big-name retailers use to make you spend more?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stores-with-the-best-price-matching">10 Stores With the Best Price Matching</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazons-secret-30-day-price-guarantee">Amazon&#039;s secret 30-day price guarantee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon discounters pricing retail WalMart Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1302020 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Worst Things to Buy at Walmart http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-worst-things-to-buy-at-walmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-worst-things-to-buy-at-walmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sad-couple-shopping-178474015-small.jpg" alt="sad couple shopping" title="sad couple shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some terrific articles on the worst things to buy at Walmart, recipes for homemade junk food, and tricks to make groceries last longer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://content.kiplinger.com/slideshow/spending/T050-S001-worst-things-to-buy-at-walmart">11 Worst Things to Buy at Walmart</a> &mdash; Organic fruits and vegetables, as well as organic milk, are less expensive at Aldi and Trader Joe's than at Walmat. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/make-junk-food/">Make Your Own Junk Food!</a> &mdash; Here's a cheap and easy DIY soda recipe: squeeze lemon juice into sparkling water, and add sugar-free flavored syrup for more variety. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Making-Groceries-Last-Tips-16971878">12 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer and Save Cash</a> &mdash; Don't cut fruits or veggies until you need them. When parts are cut, broken off, or pulled apart, micro-organisms start to grow. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/thrifting/">How to Get the Most Out of Thrifting</a> &mdash; Location matters! Go to thrift shops in the big city for trendy pieces; if you want more selection and lower prices, you'll find them in suburban shops. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeohm.com/change-world-love">5 Steps to Changing the World Doing What You Love</a> &mdash;Make sure your decisions and actions come from a place of love, not fear. [LifeOhm]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkay/2014/10/21/7-money-conversations-you-want-to-have-with-your-kids/">7 Money Conversations You Want to Have With Your&nbsp;Kids</a> &mdash; Discuss the role of money as a tool. Having money isn't an objective in itself, but a means to live with options and a sense of security. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/4-ways-get-expensive-conferences-free">4 Ways to Get into Expensive Conferences for Free</a> &mdash; Look for volunteer opportunities at the conference you want to go to. Many offer free meals and access to most programs and acitivities. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/credit-mistakes-rich.html">7 Credit Card Mistakes Even the Rich Make</a> &mdash; When you're rich, you may think you can afford to leave your negotation skills in the boardroom, but this is a mistake. Negotiate to reduce your interest rates, fees, and to get more perks on your credit card. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/simple-halloween-games-you-can-make/">Simple Halloween Games You Can Make</a> &mdash; Play ring toss with a paper mache witch's hat and pipe cleaners. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-manage-a-second-job-with-your-dad-duties">How to Manage a Second Job With Your Dad Duties</a> &mdash; Spend your free time wisely &mdash; turn off the TV and have fun with your family. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-worst-things-to-buy-at-walmart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals">Walmart vs. Sam&#039;s Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target">The 8 Things That Are Always Cheaper at Target</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits">The disappearance of real America - my guest post at Zen Habits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips WalMart Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1243570 at http://www.wisebread.com More Sales Insanity, This Time From Walmart http://www.wisebread.com/more-sales-insanity-this-time-from-walmart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/more-sales-insanity-this-time-from-walmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/54389823_88dbffdf7d.jpg" alt="confusion" title="confusion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes this world really makes me wonder how even the smallest things got so weird and screwed up. I had already written about my&nbsp;<a title="Hobby Lobby review" href="http://www.wisebread.com/hobby-lobby-who-exactly-are-you-trying-to-fool">adventure at Hobby Lobby</a>. In this case, I was buying a movie set from Walmart.</p> <p>It was recently my birthday, and my folks back in England sent me some money to buy myself something nice. I knew just what I wanted, too &mdash; the latest BluRay <em>Back to the Future</em> boxed set.</p> <p>As it was released some time ago, I figured the price for this was now well below the initial price of $79.99. And sure enough, a little Internet browsing revealed it was as low as $37. The lowest prices were online, as they always are, but I saw that Walmart had the boxed set on sale for $39.99. Rather than waiting for a week or two to arrive in the mail, I figured I could pop in and get my boxed set immediately. Nice!</p> <p>Here are screen shots from Walmart.com. As you can see, they&rsquo;re a little confusing.</p> <p><img width="605" height="143" alt="Back to the future box set" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wm1.jpg" /></p> <p>The first states that this particular boxed set is not sold in stores. Bummer, it&rsquo;s the one I wanted. Then I clicked to the next screen and saw that I could have it shipped to a store.</p> <p><img width="605" height="215" alt="Ship to store image" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wm2.jpg" /></p> <p>But before I ordered, I talked to a guy in the office who said Walmart stores do carry that boxed set, and it must be a mistake. With the nearest store being 10 minutes from work, I popped in on my lunch hour to pick it up.</p> <p>Sure enough, there it was on the shelf. Identical. But wait a minute. The price was $59.96, almost $20 more than the exact same product online.</p> <p><img width="500" height="704" alt="DVD set on shelf" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wm3.jpg" /></p> <p>I talked to a store clerk, brought up the site on my cell phone, and showed him that the same product was for sale $20 less online.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ah, but that version doesn&rsquo;t include digital copies,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why they&rsquo;re different prices.&rdquo;</p> <p>I then pointed out that both versions include digital copies. It's the same exact boxed set.</p> <p>He looked quickly between the screen and the shelf. He scratched his head. Then he said &ldquo;Well, that&rsquo;s the special price for ordering online. It will be delivered to you direct from Walmart&rsquo;s warehouse; it won't come here.&rdquo;</p> <p>But then I showed him the &ldquo;free ship-to-store&rdquo; option, which basically means that it will be shipped straight to this store. And that&rsquo;s madness, because it&rsquo;s already at the store, right on the shelf in front of me! He then looked off into space, thought for a second, and said, &ldquo;Sorry, nothing I can do; you need to order online.&quot; And he walked off.</p> <p>So, Walmart, can you explain this please? Why do customers have to go through the process of ordering online to save $20 when the exact same product is in the store (even though your website lies and says it&rsquo;s not) and ready to be purchased? Why take the time and trouble to ship a product to a store that's already in stock at that store?</p> <p>It seems nuts that your customers who take the trouble to drive to the store must pay $20 more for the product than those who order online first, and then drive to the exact same store to pick it up. What&rsquo;s the rationale here?</p> <p>And when a customer shows you the differing prices, wouldn&rsquo;t it be wise to discount the in-store product to match the online price? You&rsquo;re getting the same amount of money for it, and you&rsquo;re just making a paying customer wait a whole week (or two) longer to get an identical product.</p> <p>Does anyone else have any stories that are just as confusing? Am I missing something here? So far, no one I&rsquo;ve talked to from Walmart can offer an explanation other than &ldquo;prices in store differ than prices online.&rdquo;</p> <p>I have purchased the boxed set, by the way. I paid the $39.99, and instead of choosing free site-to-store, I chose free shipping. Why? Because it&rsquo;s easier for me, and it will arrive in five days less than if I pick it up from the store. The store that already has it! Why, I have no idea.</p> <p><img width="605" height="254" alt="Online shipping information" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wm4.jpg" /></p> <p>I don't know who is figuring all of this out over at Walmart, but it&rsquo;s making my head hurt. Come on guys, and get this silly process straightened out, please.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-sales-insanity-this-time-from-walmart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial">5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon or LivingSocial</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-strange-ways-online-shopping-has-changed-the-world">6 Strange Ways Online Shopping Has Changed the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealista-tip-how-to-shop-online-safely">How to Shop Online Safely</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping DVDs online shopping WalMart Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:48:26 +0000 Paul Michael 521663 at http://www.wisebread.com The disappearance of real America - my guest post at Zen Habits http://www.wisebread.com/the-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5861909_76a20d9145.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="218" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&#39;m not one for believing in fate or destiny, but the timing on this was spot on. After just finishing a terrfiic documentary called &quot;America Unchained&quot;, about one Brit&#39;s quest to cross the US without giving any money to &quot;the man,&quot; I was asked if I wanted to write a guest post at Zen Habits. Did I? You bet I did. And I had just the topic. </p> <p>Here&#39;s the introduction to whet your appetite. If you like what you read, pop over to the excellent ZenHabits and <a href="http://zenhabits.net/2008/08/is-our-addiction-to-saving-money-destroying-the-real-america/">check it out here</a> .</p> <blockquote><p><em>As a young boy growing up in a gray, rainy seaside town in England, I had a fascination for America; maybe even a love affair. America was the land of opportunity, sure. But it was also vastly different and eccentric (in a good way) from state to state. So when I came to the U.S. around seven years ago, I was somewhat disappointed. The roads were lined as far as the eye could see with signs for fast food chains, corporate-ran hotels and big, bad gas companies. Where was the other America? Had she disappeared?</em></p> </blockquote> <p>I&#39;d also like to take this opportunity to thank Leo at ZenHabits for letting me write a guest post. I read ZenHabits frequently, so being given the chance to write a post was something I jumped on. And hey Leo, my wife&#39;s from Guam...gotta love breakfast at Shirley&#39;s. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The stuff I try never to buy new</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-year-s-hot-toy-is-next-year-s-trash">This Year’s Hot Toy is Next Year’s Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Lifestyle Shopping cheap corporate guest Leo saving money WalMart zen habits Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:24:47 +0000 Paul Michael 2370 at http://www.wisebread.com Is this the weirdest freebie ever? http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-weirdest-freebie-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-this-the-weirdest-freebie-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/0003242902301_500X500.jpg" alt="Clueless giveaway" title="Clueless giveaway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who knows me knows I'm no fan of WalMart. Aside from their horrific treatment of workers and the impact they have on the economy, their stores just suck all the energy out of me. Which is why I don't go there. But a friend told me today of a WalMart Exclusive DVD that made me laugh out loud. Seriously, this one is a killer. It's the Clueless Whatever! Widescreen Edition DVD with, wait for it, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5925651">FREE TRANSFORMERS BEACH BALL!</a></p> <p>I had to stop and think about that one (after I stopped laughing). Why have these two seemingly unrelated movies been thrown together? And not just that, but two completely different target audiences as well. As someone in advertising, I was clueless (pardon my pun).</p> <p>Why Clueless and Transformers?</p> <p>Why Transformers and a beach ball?</p> <p>Why bother with a Widescreen edition of Clueless (it's hardly Blade Runner or Apocalypto)?</p> <p>So I sat down and scratched my head some more, pulling the few remaining hairs out of my noggin. And then it hit me. It's supposed to bring two completely opposed target audiences together, right? No, that can't be it. Hang on, I have it...the movie is called Clueless, the promotion should be clueless! Bravo, wonderful idea WalMart. That's why you're the leader of retail. With that in mind I have some more DVD promotions for you. My treat, use them as you see fit.</p> <p><img width="281" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_3_0.png" alt="ChuckNails" title="ChuckNails" /></p> <p><img width="290" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_0.png" alt="Austin" title="Austin" /></p> <p><img width="304" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_1.png" alt="Pope" title="Pope" /></p> <p><img width="258" height="400" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_4.png" alt="Care " title="Care" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-the-weirdest-freebie-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-8gb-ipod-touch-from-bbva-compass-bank">FREE 8GB iPod Touch From BBVA Compass Bank (Colorado)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-to-self-with-a-free-subscription">Treat yourself to SELF with a free subscription</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-patriotic-grab-a-free-national-guard-t-shirt">Feeling patriotic? Grab a free National Guard t-shirt.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blergh-could-you-eat-these-strange-canned-foods">Blergh! Could you eat these strange canned foods?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags">Wal-Mart Celebrates Its Own Green Efforts with Free Reusable Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies Clueless dvd freebie giveaway strange unusual WalMart Thu, 23 Aug 2007 15:01:56 +0000 Paul Michael 1039 at http://www.wisebread.com