A few months ago, I signed up for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa card in order to get the sign up bonus.  The deal was this: spend $2000 in three months and earn $800 in flights or $500 in gift cards.  I had originally planned on using the rewards for flights.  However, I determined after the fact that we weren’t going to use the flights after all.  Silly me.  Still, it wasn’t that big of a deal.  I knew that I could turn my points in for gift cards and was excited to see what options would be available.

Unfortunately, most of the gift cards were for places I didn’t want to spend money.  Kohl’s, Best Buy, and Sears were a few of the options available.  The rest of the gift card choices were for restaurants and other places that I don’t patronize.  I didn’t really need anything from a department store and the last thing I wanted was $500 worth of restaurant gift cards.  I decided to do the most boring thing possible and turn in my points for $500 in Walmart gift cards.  Then I could just use them to buy groceries and throw my allotted grocery money for that month toward my mortgage prepayment.

Yep, I Hate Walmart

Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?  Unfortunately, I have come to realize that I FUCKING HATE WALMART! I hate to use such harsh language, but I’m not sure that anything else would be appropriate.

Seriously, I hate Walmart. My local Walmart has at least 20 lanes and at any given time only 4 or 5 of them will be open.  The result is that there are huge ass lines of people waiting to buy their crap.  So running in to get a loaf of bread or gallon of milk is almost completely out of the question.  I have to walk through the whole friggin’ store to get anywhere near the milk anyway.  Stopping in to pick up a few things could easily turn into a 40 minute ordeal at my local Wal-Hell and I am rarely in the mood to stand there and wait that long.

Does your local Walmart have any windows?  Mine doesn’t have a single window, and the result is that you can never tell what time it is.  The fluorescent lights make everyone there look like crap and half of the people there are wearing pajamas anyways.  The employees look miserable….and I don’t blame them.  Just going to Walmart makes me miserable – which is one more reason I hate Walmart.

I Really Miss Kroger

Now that I’ve again come to realize that I hate Walmart, I long for the days when I can go back to my beloved Kroger.  I have about $200 in Walmart gift cards and I’m tempted to just spend it on a stockpile of toilet paper or paper towels or something…..just to get it over with.  What’s crazy is that Walmart food prices are much cheaper than the other grocery stores I shop at.  Unfortunately, shopping there makes me miserable and I have recently determined that it just isn’t worth it.  Ruining my whole day to pay 50 cents less for a box of cereal just isn’t my thing.  I’m cheap, but I’m not that cheap.

Do you shop at Walmart?  If so, how do you feel about it? Did I mention that I hate Walmart? OK, cool…fire away in the comments below!