Until December 23, 2010, I was a city girl. I had daily lattes, shopped a little too often, relied on public transportation, and rejected the thought of ever living in the country. When my husband and I decided to leave it all for West Texas to farm, life changed completely. Read my “Farmwife Confessions” to learn about the transition.

You read that right: I shop at the Wal-Mart. Not just Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart.

I know that millions of Americans shop at Wal-Marts across the country so this confession might not seem like a big deal. But I never shop at Wal-Mart. Scratch that. I used to never shop at Wal-Mart.

Long before I heard of the environmental and social complaints that so many have about Wal-Mart, I refused to shop at Wal-Mart when I was growing up. It was just plain dirty. And Target was across the street, so why would I ever go to Wal-Mart?

I carried over that prejudice all through college. And imagine my relief when there were no Wal-Marts in DC.

And now, I shop there on a weekly basis. And it’s kinda awesome.

I wrote last week about the limited veggie supply at the local grocery store. But, The Wal-Mart has great veggies.

And look how handsome Farmer Russell looks picking out his cereal at The Wal-Mart.

And when we’re done picking out our broccoli and mini wheats, we can go look at TVs at The Wal-Mart.

All for a fraction of what we paid in DC.

So, hate all you want, but I’ll be at The Wal-Mart.

4 Comments on Farmwife Confession: I Shop at the Wal-Mart

  1. Ginny B
    January 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM (7 years ago)

    I shop there too sometimes. It’s too convenient not to, and quite frankly I don’t know where to find some things, housewares and gadgets, other than Walmart. But use caution: it is always better to support your local community than to give over to the convenience of a corporation that is purely profit oriented. I’ve also heard they treat their workers poorly, destroy small communities and are taking over the world. 🙂

  2. foodies at home
    January 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM (7 years ago)

    Walmarts Rock! I live in CA and around here…Walmarts are uhhh….kinda gross…but my family lives in Ark where Walmart originated from and let me tell you…I am a bit jealous of there Superstores out there! I seriously could spend hours.

  3. Dee B
    February 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM (7 years ago)

    I had to laugh at this entry — I was/am the same way! I recently moved to acreage in the south, where our family of six, and several animals, are now working towards a more simple life. We garden, we bake and cook from scratch, and we love to enjoy being outside. But, I also desperately miss Starbucks, having a mall within 10 minutes, and dropping into a bar or club for a quick drink or appetizer with friends and my husband. Can’t do any of that when the nearest big city is 25 minutes from here! I hated Walmarts in California, but out here, “going to The Walmart” is an event! Sadly, I now go every couple of weeks with a long list of things to purchase, and I actually look forward to it. I will deny that if any of my California friends reads this. 😉 I look forward to reading more of your blog, and I hope you will visit mine! I write about adjusting to country life. You never know what each day brings!

  4. Random
    September 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM (6 years ago)

    I once had someone ask me how you know if it’s Wal-Mart or THE Wal-Mart. I looked at them and said “um, well where I grew up there was just THE one Wal-Mart….”

    Helpful hint: Wal-Mart does not appreciate you setting up the tents in their camping section and pretending to roast the marshmallows you just bought over fake logs you found there.


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