I was talking to my SIL last night. She doesnt shop at the big major super store and prefers little localy owned stores. I personally agree with her. I have a friend who's husband was seriously used by the local big store. I dont like thier employee policys. However it is the only major store in the valley. The next closest stores are at least 30 minutes away. I have to buy things there. With six kids and a Surburban I cant go into the next valley for a package of underwear.
That being said, I have found that my local DI is a great place to shop. I have found some awesome deals there. Home decorations and kitchen items galore. Books, dont get me started on the books. I should stay out of that section all together. I have gotten a living room table, curtains, a candle holder, a few centerpieces amongst other things. (My living room looks better all the time.) There are the local yard sales and garage sales too and they are tax free, an added bonus.
So I prefer to shop tax free at the DI or yard sales. But sometimes they just don't have what I need; so I reluctantly go to the big store and shop there too. Maybe if I had more conviction...... or gas was cheaper.... or I didn't have kids to leave at home or take with me.....