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The Five Summer Essentials You Should Buy at Walmart/Asda

The Five Summer Essentials You Should Buy at Walmart/Asda

Walmart. It gets a lot of stick. Rightly so in some cases (hello entry level hourly wage of $11). I’m not suggesting we ignore that. But I know that sometimes the convenience of dropping by the local megastore (provided it’s not peak time: then it’s not just inconvenient, it’s the 7th circle of hell) and low prices are sometimes too tempting to ignore. Particularly when you’ve left your vacation shopping to the last minute. Walmart will cover all your beach essentials in style and under budget, which can’t be sniffed at.

For my UK friends, the equivalent (kinda) is Asda. It’s owned by Walmart and some of the stock is the same or similar. So for UKers read Asda for every Walmart reference herein. I checked out asda.com and the products and prices are roughly comparable to Walmart. Some work out cheaper (like sunglasses), some are more pricey (like beach bags). But it works out about the same.

So what are the summer essentials you can bag in your local grocery uberwarehouse?

Swimwear

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Walmart mix and match print and plain bikinis and tankinis

Walmart mix and match print and plain bikinis and tankinis

Walmart has some great prints and is always mindful that not everyone wants a a dental floss-style teeny bikini. I love the print on these separates which you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

Asda’s selection is almost better, with loads of desirable styles - especially cute 50- style high waist bikini pants and supportive bra tops.

Beach Bags

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Walmart slogan, print and woven beach bags

Walmart slogan, print and woven beach bags

I particularly love the on-trend round versions, but the slogan ones from last year are still going strong. At $15-20 they’re super affordable, particularly for something you’ll use for a limited time.

Cute Cover Ups

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Walmart beach cover ups

Walmart beach cover ups

From beach to evening, kimono and dress-style cover ups are super useful in the hot weather and both Walmart and Asda have a great selection this year. This floral-print tassel-hem number was $15.97 and the cheeseclothy tops $15.84.

Sun Hats

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Walmart wide-brimmed sun hat and woven visas

Walmart wide-brimmed sun hat and woven visas

Some of the super-stylish wide-brimmed floppy hats are $4.98. Really. No excuse for sunburn anymore. For something a little different I love the visa style ones too - they have a big selection but these pastel color woven ones are adorable.

Sunglasses

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Walmart x Foster Grant sunglasses (and my pair!)

Walmart x Foster Grant sunglasses (and my pair!)

Walmart has a collaboration with Foster Grant, the heritage eyewear company, and all the sunnies in that line are $9.97. I couldn’t resist and left with a totally understated brown sparkly pair.

Asda doesn’t appear to have the same collaboration, but it’s still got some fabulous shades for as little as £4, which is pretty amazing.

Get thee to your nearest Walmart or Asda pronto and send me pics of your summer purchases, pretty please!

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