The Semi-Crunchy Mom’s Guide to Shopping at Walmart

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Yes, you are reading this right. I AM a writer for a natural parenting blog and I AM making a post about Walmart. I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of anti-Walmart comments. Walmart is one of the most hated stores in the US. In fact, I just told a good friend of mine (CRISTIN! not to name names) that I was making a post on Walmart shopping and she replied “I don’t shop at Walmart.” Well for those of us that prefer natural products for our families but still put saving money and convenience over social responsibility: this post is for YOU! 😉

I don’t like when I have to drive more than 5 minutes to the store. I just don’t. I live in a suburb of a larger city, which has several health food stores but I still like to make quick trips to Walmart. It just fits in my schedule better. I go pick up Brody from daycare between 4-5pm and head up to Walmart. Sure, I could go to the local grocery store where they have a sizable organic section but I also HATE overpaying for groceries. I don’t mind paying a higher price for good quality food and personal care items but things like paper towel and tin foil I refuse to pay an inflated price when I could get it for half the cost at Walmart. So I make the most out of my Walmart trip and try to get as many natural products as I can while I’m there. I do make it to the health food store at least once every week or so and get our organic and healthy staples. This post is for those in between, quick trips. Here is a basic guide on how to get decent products even at Walmart. I know all Walmart stores carry different items but I’m would have to guess if we have it at mine, you have it at yours 🙂

1. Earth’s Best baby food and snack products: When Bro first started on solids we bought some jar food for him to take to daycare. Gerber has an organic brand of baby food available at Walmart as well but I refuse to buy Gerber products for personal reasons. Earth’s Best has a wide range of organic jarred food, toddler wafers….ect.

2. Limited organic fruits and vegetables: Let’s face it, my Walmart carries maybe 3 organic veggie selections and if I’m lucky, one organic fruit selection. I buy everything that’s available. It’s usually carrots, celery, and broccoli for my vegetables and once in a blue moon they have organic bananas.

3. Annie’s Honey Grahams: For a processed animal cracker, these are the best choice at Walmart. Most ingredients in these crackers are organic and they don’t have artificial coloring or preservatives.

4. Kashi Bars: My Walmart usually only carries the hard granola bars but I do like when they occasionally have the soft fruit bars. Kashi Bars do not contain high fructose corn syrup. They ARE on the GMO list so that’s a bummer, but this is still a better choice you can make when shopping at Walmart.

5. Amy’s Soups: I have the hardest time finding vegan soups for Brody. Thankfully Walmart carries Amy’s Soups and they’re a dollar less than the health food store!

6. Dairy Free Alternatives: such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy yogurt (sometimes), Earth Balance “butter,” coconut milk ice cream and ice cream bars. I know a lot of kiddos are going dairy free, whether it be a personal choice of the parents or dairy allergy.

7. The gluten free section: There’s like a 3 foot shelf space for gluten free products. We buy quinoa pasta, dairy and gluten free mac-n-cheese and nut crackers from this section.

8. Hylands homeopathic remedy products. Walmart carries Hyland Teething Tablets, teething gel and cough syrup. I try my best to stay away from anything non herbal or homeopathic and was happy to see this brand at Walmart.

9. Burt’s Bees: Walmart carries a large selection of Burt’s Bees baby products. Even though Burt’s isn’t our regular go-to skin care brand but if I’m out of something I know I can make a quick trip up to Walmart and grab a bottle of bath wash.

10. Cloth diaper safe detergent: All of these detergents are safe to use for washing cloth diapers; All Free and Clear Military (the regular free and clear does contain brighteners but I still use it), Xtra Free and Clear, Sun Free and Clear, Ecos Free and Clear and Country Save. I usually try to buy detergent specific for cloth diapers like the Bum Genius brand or Rockin Green but Walmart does carry cloth diaper safe detergent that is affordable and easily accessible.

So next time you find yourself running low on time or Walmart is your only choice, be happy that you can get some alternative healthy products at your local Walmart 🙂

amanda

 

 

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  1. megan -  June 21, 2013 - 11:42 am

    im one of the walmart lovers. we basically only shop at walmart and Costco. I get a few things rom vons that walmart doesn’t have. where I live we have 5 stores, Costco, walmart, vons, Albertsons, and lucky’s oh and a bunch of Mexican stores. I don’t have much of a choice unfortunately. I live 3 miles from mexico. I love the conveinience of going to two stores that are right next to eachother for 95% of our needs.

  2. Jessica -  June 21, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    Walmart JUST started carrying more “meatless” meats AND Earth Balance non-dairy butter, too. I haven’t been able to find this stuff at my local grocery store, I was having to drive to Whole Foods 20 miles away!

  3. delaney -  June 28, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    I noticed recently that my Wal-Mart started carrying a TON more organic fruits and veggies, and their GF section is about 6ft wide by one shelf tall… They also carry the coconut and almond milk that my family drinks (we are dairy free) as well as some good organic freezer options like Van’s wheat free/gluten free/dairy free waffles and Dr Praeger’s kids foods. It’s hard because obviously when being “crunchy” ideally you wouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart, but sometimes we just can’t afford anywhere else. Overall, feeding my family healthy, nutritious meals is at the top of my list, so Wal-Mart is 1 of 2 grocery stores that I frequent. You can’t win them all, and we have to survive off one income, so I try not to feel TOO guilty. I do, however, buy most of our meat in bulk locally and hit the Farmer’s Markets when they’re open.

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