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8 Things Not to Buy at Target or Walmart (And Where to Buy Them Instead)

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September 04, 2015 · 2.5k Views

Big corporations like Target and Walmart are places we typically think of and go to when we want to find good deals. However, there are some items that you are better off buying at other retailers. Take a look at this list of 8 things you shouldn’t buy at Target and Walmart, and where you should get them instead!


1. Diapers

If you’re not committed to purchasing brand-name diapers, which cost a pretty penny, you might be okay with buying generic brands. Walmart’s store brand (typically about $20 for 145 diapers) would be a good choice. But to save even more money, we recommend signing up for an Amazon Mom subscription. With your purchase of an Amazon Prime subscription for $99 annually, you can register for the Amazon Mom program to receive 20% off recurring diaper deliveries. This is definitely going to help you keep diaper costs low!


2. Toys and Games

If you’re on the hunt for toys and games, Amazon is your safest bet. This Internet haven offers everything from Legos to Monopoly board games at a much lower price than Target and Walmart. Even better, if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you don’t have to leave your house, and you’ll get free 2-day shipping on your order. You’re definitely going to stick to that budget now.

You should also consider Kmart for discounted toys, and don’t forget to look for online and in-store coupons that can apply to almost every purchase.


3. Organic Milk or Produce

Recently, Target and Walmart have amped up their quality of products in regards to stocking organic goods. Unfortunately, this does not mean that you will be guaranteed the cheapest prices. Visit Trader Joe’s and Aldi who regularly offer lower prices on products like organic nuts, milk, fruits, and vegetables. Moreover, you can find ground beef at other supermarkets for as much as $1 less per pound than Walmart!


4. Video Games

Regardless of their good selections of video games and consoles, Target and Walmart are subpar when it comes to affordability and variety in comparison to Best Buy and Amazon. When comparing the popular video game “Call of Duty,” Walmart charges $17 more than Amazon. If you’re going to buy a console, make the purchase on Amazon for even bigger savings and free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime. You can also buy your gaming goods from Best Buy, who offers free shipping on orders over $35, the same threshold as non-Amazon-Prime members.


5. Gift Bags and Wrapping Paper

At prices of $5 for a gift bag and $4 for a tube of wrapping paper, these items from Target and Walmart can and will add up eventually (especially during the gift-giving holidays!). Instead, uncover an enormous selection of gift items and even bigger savings by shopping at stores like Dollar Tree. Use a few bucks, and you can walk away with gift tags, cards, wrapping paper, and gift bags!


6. Gift Cards

While you’re shopping at Target or Walmart, it might seem tempting to make gift shopping easier by just grabbing a couple gift cards. However, there are actually several websites that offer discounted gift cards, so you’re paying less for the same value!

For example, Raise.com sells a $25 Olive Garden gift card for only $20.98, and they even offer free shipping on their gift cards. If you spend $75 or more, you can save an extra $5 by using these Raise coupon codes.


7. Batteries

The next time your batteries run out of juice, don’t head to your local supermarket or Walmart for replacements. Price markups are a huge tendency at these establishments. Instead, purchase batteries in bulk when they’re on sale (they never expire, anyway) at warehouse club stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. Buy them at Walmart and risk spending almost twice as much for the same batteries!


8. Books, Movies, and TV Shows

Amazon offers most media items such as CDs, DVDs, and books for cheaper. Your selection grows immensely, and you’ll notice significant markdowns on even popular items.

If you’re searching for the best possible price, $0.69 can get you free music downloads or songs. To save even more bucks, stream your choice of music for free on Spotify.

If you own a Kindle, you’re in luck: avoid buying books altogether with free Kindle e-books.


The bottom line is do your research while you’re out shopping. Chances are, you’ll be able to get a better deal elsewhere. Stores like Target and Walmart might seem to have good deals, but it doesn’t mean they offer the lowest prices on everything. Also, don’t forget to check DealsPlus everyday for the best deals, coupons, and sale events for more opportunities to save at all your favorite stores!


by Daisy Tran
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Daisy loves to write with humor and can be quite the sarcastic commentator when it is appropriate. Loves carbs, fashion, staying active, and pinning the latest DIY projects for her room (which she will actually never do).

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