Shopping looks quite easy but can be really stressful at the same time, especially when there are so many stores around and they all sell practically the same thing.  Some of us, at times, have bought items in a store, thinking we made the best buy, only to find it in another store at a price way cheaper than we got it earlier. It could be painful the first time, but you will ensure not to make that mistake the next time.

There have been times when you plan to get some items in a store, but you end up with some other things you never planned to buy. In some cases, as funny as it seems, you might end up not buying that item that brought you to the store.

I can remember quite well my first few days in the United States. A bottle of water was sold for a dollar at the reception of the hotel I put up. I took a walk the second day, because I logged into the hotel the last night, and I saw a 7Eleven Store not far away. By the way, 7Eleven stores are convenience stores in the US. They are everywhere, and the stores are separated from one another by just a few miles. They sell everyday items you need in a house.

Back to the story, I saw a 7Eleven store and got a pack of 12 bottled water for about $4. I gladly bout a pack and was very happy that I made a good buy. That would have cost me $12 in the hotel, anyway. So, it was quite good. Later in the course of staying around more, I extended my shopping a bit further and realized I would have the same some more if I had bought the same 12-pack water in a “Save A Lot” or even the Walmart that was just a couple of miles away.

I felt I had to pay that price because I just came into the country, but I realized I was wrong about that when that happened over and over again. The truth is, anything you are buying now, there is always a cheaper price for it elsewhere, and not far away. Should you care, maybe or maybe not. If you are concerned with your finances and understand that every penny counts, then you should care.

The thing is, a lot of people will not cross the oceans to come and throw their money away in the US. There are many bills to be paid, responsibilities within and outside of the US to take care of than to waste so much on avoidable expenses here.

What we will do in this category is to source some people’s mistakes and experiences to better the shopping experience of others. We have our stories of when we made some wrong choices. We will use that unpleasant experience and the lesson learned to educate us all here, especially people coming into the US anew from other countries. This will work well for people changing county, city, and state too.

There are many discount stores in the US. Some are local, regional and we have some national stores too. Walmart is one of the national stores in the US, you will find them everywhere, while some that are popular in the Eastern part of the country are not known in another part. Some of the stores most people are used to for their daily shopping are listed below. There might be some stores around you that are not on the list. Please, use the comment section to let us know.

Until next time, my name is Dayjee, and am reporting from the Washington DC Metro Area.

  • Bargain Hunt
  • Ben Franklin
  • Bi-Mart
  • Big Lots
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington
  • Christmas Tree Shops
  • Costco
  • Dd’s Discounts
  • Dirt Cheap
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Family Dollar
  • Five Below
  • Fred Meyer
  • Gabe’s
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • HomeGoods
  • HomeSense
  • Marshalls
  • Meijer
  • National Stores
  • Ocean State Job Lot
  • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
  • Renys
  • Roses
  • Ross Stores
  • Sam’s Club
  • Target
  • J. Maxx
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Walmart



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