Throughout my years as a blogger, there has been one question that I get a lot: How can I work with Walmart when one of the major areas of focus for this blog is sustainability? Well, the answer to that is simple: Because Walmart really is a big part of my life, and was even before I became a Walmart Mom.
When my husband and I first got married, we were broke. I had just graduated from college and he’d just gotten out of the military, and money was in short supply. So as much as we would’ve liked to be able to shop wherever we wanted, not just for groceries, but for clothes and everything else, we had no choice but to shop where our money would go the furthest. Even back then, that was Walmart. We could go to the grocery store with less than $100 and be able to eat for a week or more.
These days, with two kids at home and self-employment as our only source of income, not a lot has changed, as far as our shopping habits.
We still need to patronize the store that’s going to let us stretch our dollars as far as possible, especially with a growing gymnast at home who probably eats her body weight in (healthy) snacks every day. We still go to Walmart, where we know we can find the lowest prices on the things we buy all the time. Plus, with the addition of Walmart’s Savings Catcher tool, which we use for every single receipt, we know if any competitor is offering a lower price on anything we bought, we’ll get the difference back.
This is why I’ll continue to work with Walmart and encourage (or sometimes challenge) their sustainability efforts: Because I, along with my mother and sisters, are just a few among millions of Americans who rely on them to feed, clothe and generally take care of our families. How could I turn my back on that?