A month or so ago, while voicing my own feelings about this commercial giant, I acknowledged that it must have been a very long time now since I last stepped foot at a wal-mart. My husband’s kind reply? “It’s because you would send me.”
That hit me.
It is true. A couple of times that I sent him, since he would always ask where to go, I’d told him- either Target or Walmart. “Wherever. Just get me the stuff!”
What was I thinking?
“It’s okay for you to go. As long as it’s not me- it wouldn’t bother me.” (?) Or was it just because we have talked about this walmart stuff a long time ago, and I just wanted him to decide for himself?
Whatever my real silly reasoning was, no more sending mr-nice-husband to walmart. Oh, and why make a big deal out of it, you say? I was really glad to come across this post. I could have not articulated it any better. To quote from Aimee’s post,
Certainly where we shop is a matter of personal preference. But I will say that more and more I hear fellow mamas thinking they HAVE to shop at Walmart for the well-being of their family’s purse and they absolutely hate it and feel trapped to it. I just want to offer the freedom to STOP shopping there and that you can still save money shopping elsewhere and you will actually buy less random stuff that was “a good deal”.
Ah. And you know what? It just feels so liberating! Making the decision not to shop at wal-mart has also helped us to focus on the NEEDS even more. and to shop locally.
Our children’s favorite store for toys: Peapods in St Paul. (Toys R Us may still be a wonderful thing to most families with young children, but we’ve long decided that we do not have a use for it.)
Our favorite produce (and grocery) stop, second only to the Farmers Market is the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis. (The Wedge now owns Gardens of Eagan, our favored organic farm.)
Also worth mentioning is Etsy: Nothing like shopping for delightful things made with love, and knowing that you are supporting an individual entrepreneur or artist, versus a giant corporation whose business ethics and employee relations you strongly question.