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After 8 years of teaching people to save money and telling 99% of folks in workshops, live Q&A sessions and many blog posts that there is nothing to get at Walmart that you couldn’t get cheaper on sale at another store, I must confess that I was wrong.  This week we made a quick (and slightly harried) trip to Walmart for a few things we needed the night before a birthday party for my older girls.  We needed storage containers so that I could finally finish putting away Christmas things (yes I know it’s April) and a few grocery items.  Since most grocery stores don’t sell storage containers and I needed to make this a one stop trip for the sake of time and Walmart became the store of choice.  I haven’t shopped in Walmart for groceries in years.  Seriously.

Most items were priced exactly what I expected, slightly more than the sale prices in the grocery store.  So far we were good and life was normal until I hit the very back of the store.  We needed milk.  Remember that I haven’t shopped in Walmart for groceries part… I found the milk and looked at the price.  Then I just stood there in shock.  Milk at Walmart is $2 cheaper per gallon than the grocery store!  That’s not chump change.  I usually get 2 gallons, so that’s $4 saved over the Publix or Bi-Lo price.

I’m not about to start making a weekly trip to Walmart for just milk, but my eyes have been opened a little.  The trick if you did make this journey just for milk… could you get in the store, all the way to the back for it and leave with just the milk you came for??  Probably not.  Which is their plan and why they sell it below market value. (Currently the USDA pays around $1.70 per gallon not including shipping, distribution, subsidies etc.) 

I pondered buying more than the two gallons we needed and freezing extra, but I currently need to clean out my freezer and have no room.  I might start to do this monthly though to save a good $16-$20 per month just on milk and buy in bulk.  If my buggy is full of milk I can’t be tempted to buy anything else while I’m there!

For the first time possibly ever on Friday Finals…

Walmart Totals:

Total Purchase Value: $37.59
Total Spent: $32.59
Total Saved: $5

Now let me say one last thing, the $4 saved on milk was probably lost on the other items.  What we bought are items not normally on my shopping list so they weren’t in my pantry, but they do go on sale and are considerably cheaper in the grocery store than what we paid.

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.

    • Daleen

      Jenny, I try to stay away from Walmart as well. Sometimes you cant get around it. So at least we have a fairly nice one in Ballentine to shop. PS All of our Christmas just got put away last week! :)

    • evelyn keating

      We’ve found that the milk at Walmart seems to be watered down, so we rarely get it. My exciting find this week was that our local Fresh Market has gallons of milk for $2.99 all the time now, which is cheaper than many stores.

    • El

      Oh I always get my milk at Aldi. Great prices on it there.

      • Jessica Dugger

        Agree. Milk at my Aldi has been $0.99 gallon for the last few weeks!!

    • tess

      We buy our milk at an organic food co-op. It’s a locally owned dairy. The price is lower than Bi-Lo, Ingles or Publix prices for regular (non-organic) milk. Not as cheap as Wal-Mart but much healthier. As a bonus we get the cream on top too…yummy.

    • Margaret

      Aldi milk is usually pretty inexpensive and at times goes as low as $1.89

    • Rebecca

      Glad you saved on milk…in my area, milk is less than a quarter cheaper at Walmart vs. Publix the last time I priced it. I’ve been buying milk at CVS or Walgreens when it goes on sale for $2.79 to $2.99…which IS a good price for my area. (I know that is not really a sale price in some areas.)

    • Suzi

      You may find you get what you pay for at Walmart….Milk is poor quality & may very well be produced in China… A “bargain” is not always a bargain.

    • janis

      I buy most of my milk at Kroger. Often, including this week, it is 1.99 a gallon. My grandkids love the chocolate.

    • shayelyn

      We think every store’s milk tastes different and the best tasting around us is Publix. Unless it’s a milk emergency and we have to grab some somewhere else, we always buy Publix.

      • Teel Dee

        My family and I also believe that milk from Publix tastes better than any of the other stores. We pass a Bi-Lo and a Harris Teeter to buy milk from Publixc. I haven’t personally tried the milk from Wal-mart, but my daughter did while staying with a friend and said it was terrible.

    • mommalana

      You can run in and out of Aldi in no time and it is probably cheaper there than Wal Mart.

    • Rebbecca

      Girl, find yourself an Aldi, milk was $1.07 per gallon this week!

      • Jenna

        You know, there’s an Aldi near me and on my route. Thanks for the tip!

    • Allie Evans

      Just so you know, I talked to one of the managers at Publix and he told me that their regular (non-organic) milk is rGBH free. Not sure about Walmart, but it’s worth it especially when it is 2 for $5 on sale. We just freeze one.

    • Crystal Goodwin

      I completely understand about the Christmas stuff.
      I never even got out the Valentine stuff or even Easter.
      Harris Teeter has milk for $2.69 gallon all the time.
      It’s the lowest price around.
      Milk at our CVS has no shelf life. I don’t think they keep it cool enough.

    • Kate

      I often find the quality of Walmart’s milk severely lacking. The flavor is not consistently good and it frequently goes bad faster than milk bought elsewhere.

    • Olga

      I don’t know how close Walmart is to you but the distance and vehicle you drive may be a determining factor in how much you save. If you’re consuming enough gas to cancel out your savings then it might not be worth making a separate trip that can also subject you to spending money on other things you don’t really need. Something to consider.

    • Jenna

      I have noticed that, but for me Walmart is right next to the Dollar Tree and Pizza Hut I frequent. So if I’m in that shopping center already, I stop in and grab a gallon or two.

      My other stop (if I’m not going to be in that shopping center) is the new Dollar General they just put up right down the street from my house. That’s become my “if it’s not meat/produce or BOGO at Publix” grocery store for a lot of items. I can often find base prices much lower than Publix, and the milk is about $1/gallon cheaper. Before the Dollar General, Target was my “if it’s not meat/produce or BOGO at Publix” grocery store, and their milk was cheaper as well.

      Suffice it to say… I haven’t purchased milk from Publix in a while.

    • pdnr

      I buy most of my sales items at Publix and sometimes other stores but I always stop at Walmart for those items you don’t find on sale every week such as milk, bananas and bread as they almost always have the lowest prices.

      But this week, I stopped at Aldi for the first time in ages and the price of milk was even less. Since it’s nearby, I may start getting my milk there.

      I would like to ask everyone what do you think about the produce at Aldi; quality and price? Thanks!

      • Jennifer H.

        The prices at our Aldi are fairly low, but the quality is poor – the produce often spoils before we can eat all of it. Also, for a smaller family, the pre-packaged produce at Aldi is too much to eat before it spoils, aside from the general low quality.

        • pdnr


      • mommalana

        The produce at my Aldi is actually better than most of the regular grocery stores in our area. You have to find the right ALdi if you have multiple ones in your area because they are not all managed the same.

        • pdnr

          Thank you!

    • Snlhoneycutt

      This deal will vary store-to-store and by area. In my area (Huntington, WV) WalMart milk is not $2.00 cheaper than other stores. We buy 4-5 gallons of milk per week, so I pay attention to milk prices. I can usually find the cheapest milk at Aldi or Kroger, occasionally at CVS.

    • AMP

      I usually end up buying milk at Walgreens which usually beats Walmart, Food Lion, and HT. This week, we bought a little over $91 worth of groceries at HT (super doubles week) and paid $51.36. My purchase plan is for $50 per week average with $55 being the most I allow myself. I use the five week plan you teach and it really does work.

    • Brittany Smedley Mareno

      I usually buy it at CVS when I coupon there, $3.99 – $1 ECB = $2.99 a gallon