Don’t Buy These Things at Wal-Mart

© Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signage is displayed outside of a store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Friday, May 15, 2015.
© Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signage is displayed outside of a store in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Wal-Mart is known for saving shoppers lots of money. You might even find that it’s tough to beat the retailer’s prices on everything from food to clothing to electronics. However, we were able to identify a few products that can be purchased elsewhere for less. Here are three of them:

You’ll typically see gift cards for a variety of restaurants and retailers at the checkout in Wal-Mart stores. If you’re looking for a particular type of gift card, however, do some online research first to see if you can’t find a better deal. For example, a $50 Olive Garden gift card was recently selling for 15% off face value through GiftCardGranny.com, a Web site that rounds up the best deals from several gift card brokers. Shipping was free, so the savings added up to more than $7.

Supermarkets tend to have high markups on batteries and so does Wal-Mart. You’ll do better by buying batteries in bulk at warehouse clubs. Duracell AA batteries cost nearly twice as much per battery at Wal-Mart than at Costco, for example. You can buy a 40-pack of batteries for $14.99 at the warehouse club versus paying $10.97 for just a 16-pack at Wal-Mart.

 

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Source: Kiplinger | Andrea N. Browne

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