I think maybe my Walmart post came across as rude and ignorant. I'm always very careful about not offending anyone, and I feel like I need to apologize. But at the same time, this is my blog, and I'll write what I want :-P haha...so I'm not going to sugarcoat things. And as far as the ignorant thing goes, I did get most of my information from the documentary "Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price." I'm sure the documentary was biased. So when I talked about the workers not being paid well or treated fairly, I was talking about the ones who gave interviews on the documentary. They didn't just intreview people who were working there part-time to have a little extra money. They interviewed a lot of people who were single parents and things like that, relying solely on their Walmart wages.
Okay, now to address some of your comments. A lot of you said that you shop at Walmart because it's the cheapest, and I'm just going to have to disagree with you :-) Do you all have Aldis around you? I actually love their produce section, and everything there is usually dirt cheap. Also, Marcs is super cheap. Both of those places are at least as cheap, if not cheaper, than Walmart. And I would argue and say that their produce and meat sections are actually better. I also shop at Giant Eagle which I know isn't a nationwide chain, but I'm sure you all have stores similar to Giant Eagle around you (their prices are much higher than Walmart's). Anyway, I have their advantage card and am able to get great sale prices AND Fuelperks (everytime I buy groceries, I get money off when I buy gas). Throw coupons into the mix, and I'm getting some pretty great deals! If you don't believe me, my weekly grocery bill was $32 this week. Without going to Walmart. And when I say "grocery" I am including personal care and cleaning items.
Also, someone brought up a great point in the comment section: Walmarts in different parts of the country are probably different. So when I say I haven't had great customer service and that shopping at Walmart is a terrible experience, that might not be the case for you in your area. That has just been my experience.
I think I have convinced myself to do a little study of my own. I am going to shop around and see if I really am spending the same amount or less money at other places than at Walmart. I'm also going to pay more attention to the customer service at Wamart as opposed to Giant Eagle. I'll post my findings.
The MAIN reason I don't like Walmart is because of what it has done to our economy. The other items I listed in the post just add fuel to my Walmart-hating fire. I won't go into details, but about 5 years ago, the company my dad worked (not workS...catch my drift?) for was hit hard because of companies like Walmart. I don't want to support them.
I'm sorry if I came off as rude or snobby, because I don't think I am either of those things! The reason I wrote this post is because I felt like I needed to defend myself a little bit, I guess. I like it when everyone agrees with me. Yeah, I'm THAT girl. Haha...so I'll try not to take it too personally if you do not agree :-) To each his own, I guess!