One of the easiest ways to save money is to learn to price match. Not every store will match other store’s prices, but Wal Mart is one store that does.
Misty, over at TheFrugalFamily blog put together a great video that teaches you the basics of price matching. If you’re looking to save about 30% on each shopping trip, try price matching. Mindy tells you how here (click on picture to launch video):
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First of all, I’d like to say that I really appreciate this blog and all the wonderful things it encourages. But I have to say, I disagree with today’s post. I agree that it’s very important to compare prices…buy second-hand…and make do. But I recently invested in a book called “The Better World Shopping Guide” and it has opened my eyes and changed the way I shop. Did you know that Walmart has “documented exploitation of child labor,” that they are the “#3 worst company on the planet” (as far as social and environmental responsibility), and that they “paid $27 million to Washington lobbyists?” As a follower of Christ…I cannot condone these practices. I can’t “give my family more for less” at the expense of some little child working in a sweatshop somewhere. I’d rather spend more on a fair-trade product or a local product…and have less for my family and teach them to make do and be responsible with the dollars they have. Walmart can only afford to match prices because of the lack of integrity they have behind the scenes. I’m not okay with that and I can’t support that. I’ve started managing our money differently. I buy a lot of second-hand things like clothing or books. We grow much of our own food or support local produce farms and put away food for the winter by freezing or canning. And with the money we save, we can afford to pay more for those foods and supplies that come from companies who are running their businesses with integrity and responsibility and concern for people and the planet. Those are the values I want to pass on to my kiddos. I’d encourage you all to check out “the better world shopping guide.” It’s available for $10 on amazon.com. It’s worth it.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. My goal is that this is a safe place to agree or disagree. Thanks for disagreeing with respect. I think it is important to educate ourselves…thanks for giving us some resources to do so.