Alternatives to big-box shopping

Kmart shoppers in the Bronx, N.Y.
Kmart shoppers in the Bronx, N.Y.

So many people these days are reluctant to shop national discount stores. But if you're not interested in shopping at Walmart (policy issues) or Target (recent boycott), what's left? And will it cost more money?

The good news is you can get your goods elsewhere, but it will cost you more in time, if not money. Discount department stores are one-stop shopping, with many even offering a full supermarket. It's nearly impossible to duplicate this shopping experience, with one notable exception, but you can get what you need, inexpensively. You just have to shop around.