If you must shop at Walmart, and there are a lot of people who have little or no choice in the matter, Daniel B. Kline recommends a short list of items that you are better off buying elsewhere.
Toys and games (with Black Friday looming that has to hurt, JH.),
Organic milk (Walmart shoppers buy organic milk? JH.),
Buying toothpaste is still encouraged, however.
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Wal-Mart has a well-deserved reputation for offering low prices. The company pushes value as its calling card, and in most cases it delivers. Being sometimes the cheapest isn't the same as being always the cheapest, and Wal-Mart can be beaten on a pure price basis. Dollar General has even beaten the retail giant on Kantar Retail's annual study, which assesses the lowest price available on 21 categories across the edible grocery, non-edible grocery, and health and beauty aids segments, CNBC reported. In that case, both companies offer excellent value, but in a few areas Wal-Mart can be consistently beaten by select competitors. You'll never go broke shopping at Wal-Mart compared with other retailers, but being selective can help you multiply your savings.What items does Kline recommend buying elsewhere: