Taking advantage of a “kid-free” moment this weekend, I decided to pop in to Walmart to do some “research.” I wanted to familiarize myself with “my new store.” (Here‘s why it’s my new store, in case you missed it!)
I wanted to see if they carried my favorite products. To see if they carried gluten free flours, rice milk and a few other specialty items that I need for the boys and their GFCFSF diet.
Good news: they carry rice milk.
Potentially good news: they are willing to look into carrying the different flours that I use to make their snacks.
I had a lovely chat with the weekend assistant manager about sales cycles, advertisements, Rollbacks, etc. I look forward to shopping there and to working with the management of this particular store. Very kind people! I feel like I am now an “informed consumer” when it comes to Walmart.
As I walked through the aisles trying to familiarize myself with the layout, different brands and just the different look of the store, I felt only one thing.
Grocery store culture shock.
I’ve been through culture shock. And reverse culture shock (which I promise is worse!). I remember the overwhelming feeling when standing in front of all the toothpastes the first time I needed toothpaste after moving back from the Dominican Republic to the USA. Not only are there umpteen-million brands of toothpaste. There are umpteen-million types of toothpastes for each brand.
With Baking Soda. Yuk!
Really? Do there really need to be that many brands and types of toothpaste? (I’m a bit of a minimalist and am not a picky girl! And can you sense a hint of culture shock still. 2 years later!)
All this to say…I’m gonna need a few months to get used to the new store. To get past my “grocery store culture shock.” To continue on my quest to get the best deals I can find at my new grocery store!
But I’m curious now. With all these brands and types of toothpastes……
What’s your favorite???
My favorite is whatever is FREE that week!!!