I started boycotting Walmart last September, the first to be exact. Friends of our family were selling product to Walmart and they ended up going backrupt. When we heard the details, things like WM holding product - beyond shelf life in the truck because they didn't have time to fix a glitch in their computers, wouldn't let this guy get the glitched fixed & then said it was late when they finally figured out they had entered a number wrong, the way they carry liability insurance (did you know that WM covers themselves by having their suppliers carry their liability inurance? If a lightbulb breaks in the lighting section & someone gets cut, the salsa maker in groceries will be one of the ones paying for the suit) and some other business practices I didn't appreciate and were against my values. The result was I just didn't like how I felt when I shopped there. We decided to go locally owned businesses whenever possible & Shopko for the rest (Kmart in a real pinch.) But I figured I was going to take a hit financially. Today I ran our quicken program to see how I was doing, expecting to have spent more. From January to Sept. 1 my spending for clothing, groceries, & household items averaged $758.34 a month. In the months of Sept. & Oct. we averaged $733.46!! So much for saving at Walmart. For groceries, the part I was so sure would go way up, AND I have been stocking up at sales all fall... Jan.-Aug. $575.63 average/month Sep.-Oct. $527.44 average/month I will be interested to compare this Nov.-Dec. to last Nov.-Dec. as those months are when I do present shopping & holiday food and more major stocking. I need to find an index that says how much prices have risen. But I am feeling pretty good. I know a lot of you spend a whole lot less a month. For reference this feeds a family of 7 people, plus 7 goats, 40 chickens, 2 dogs & 1 cat. This is just to show saving money does not necessarily mean shopping at Walmart.