Despite its famous “everyday low prices,” Walmart is not always the cheapest place to purchase certain items. In fact, here are 9 things you should never buy there.
But the world’s largest retailer got its reputation for a reason. Some of its offerings are far cheaper than at other places — yes, even the dollar store!
CheatSheet has named nine things you should buy at Wally World:
1. Baby products
While Amazon Family helps busy parents save money on some everyday items, essentials for the littlest members of the family are cheapest at Walmart. Babies go through onesies and socks at a breakneck pace, and Walmart’s prices on such clothing are reasonable.
CheatSheet reports that, when purchased in bulk, things like diapers and wipes are far less expensive at Walmart ($39.97 for a 216-pack of Pampers) than Amazon ($58.99).
2. Beauty products (sometimes)
Drugstore makeup is even more affordable when purchased at Walmart. It may not be the same quality as something from Sephora, but it’s perfect for trying a new look without going broke.
Walmart even sells products designed by celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Moss.
But keep in mind — beauty essentials like cotton swabs and hair elastics are always cheapest at the dollar store.
3. Coffee and tea
Everyday low prices plus coupons (and don’t forget that Walmart price matches!) equals big savings on your favorite morning beverages.
According to a recent CBS News report, Walmart is making more of an effort to offer fair trade and environmentally friendly products, and it’s starting in the coffee aisle.
4. Disposable razors
Razors are ridiculously expensive. If you forget to bring yours on an out-of-town trip, find a Walmart ASAP. Sure, $5.37 is a lot of ask for a four-pack of Gillette women’s disposable razors, but it’s less than CVS’s reported price of $7.99.
CheatSheet says other shaving supplies, including electric razors and replacement blades, are also cheapest at Walmart.
5. Laundry detergent
Laundry detergent is one of those things that should never be purchased in bulk, as it starts to lose its cleaning power after about six months. So skip Costco and buy this household staple at Walmart instead.
Unless Amazon is running a sale, Walmart’s prices on detergent — even the expensive brands like Tide — are consistently lower.
Most toys and games can be found cheaper online but, according to CheatSheet, LEGO sets are cheapest of all at Walmart. (Buy away, but don’t step on one!)
7. Name-brand snacks
If brands aren’t important to your family, stock up on snacks at the dollar store. But if the kids can’t live without their General Mills and Kellogg’s products, it’s time to plan a trip to Walmart.
Walmart’s prices on name-brand cereals, cookies and other snack foods are lower than those at supermarkets and grocery stores.
8. Photo prints
Walmart prints photos for as little as 9¢ a picture. Compare that to 15¢ per print from sites like Shutterfly.
CheatSheet says Walmart’s prices are lower on both in-store and online prints.
9. School supplies
Staples is responsible for what is, in our opinion, the best back-to-school shopping commercial ever made.
But even office supply stores can’t beat Walmart’s year-round prices on notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and glue sticks.