*How many other mamas out there shop at Walmart for groceries? Organic or non-organic families?
I rarely shop Walmart for groceries. For one, it's a 15-20 minute drive (which honestly, is fine by me, I don't need/want one in my neighborhood)
. Second, I'm not all that thrilled with the prices - I'm really good at knowing how much we pay for things and how big the box/package is. We do some organic, some not. Kinda depends, you know? Walmart does have the cheapest price on Tang and Tums though - we use the Tang to rinse the hard water leftovers out of our dishwasher, only once or twice a year does the hubby actually use the stuff as a drink. *Can you get a lot of organic at WalMart?
Not ours. They have three kinds of organic crackers at the end of the cookie aisle, but other than that, it's *really* hard to find organic stuff because it's haphazardly mixed in at random places. Like Annie's mac and cheese? Nowhere near the Kraft/Velveeta mac & cheese, I think it was in the baking aisle. And it was cheaper anyway for me to get the big box of it at Costco.*If so, what is your opinion of the variety of organic foods? The quality?
Again, eh. Not much variety, if they had it. Quality, well, you'll see stuff like Newman's cookies and Annie's mac & cheese - things you'll find at most health food stores.*Is it really cheaper to shop at WalMart than the regular grocery and WholeFoods?
Not for us. I watch the sales at my local grocery store (there's two stores near me, one of which has an organic section to rival Fred Meyer), stock up when appropriate, and also hit Costco. In the last year or so, Costco's really stepped up the organic stuff. Lettuce, milk, carrots, chicken stock and a few other soups, frozen veggies, frozen pizza, granola/oatmeal, bread, etc. Sure, sometimes I can find some of those things cheaper while on sale at a different store, but when you're out of milk, you're out of milk you know? I don't have a Whole Foods closer than 6 hours away though, so I can't compare prices to them.
ETA: When Walmart first moved in, the prices weren't as high.
: I hear that's about how it goes. We also don't buy meat or produce there. It's all sad and wilty and brown. Same at Safeway and sometimes Albertson's.
My local grocery store actually has better produce (sometimes even a few batches of organic apples on sale throughout the season when they get a truckload in!) than our local fruit stand. So if I couldn't find something at the Farmer's Market this year, my grocery store was my second stop.