Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

I Solve Your Holiday Shopping Dilemmas

December 2, 2010

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Grocery List Madness

December 24, 2009

Like many people, we keep a list of necessary items to purchase from the grocery store to ensure we don’t end up buying a lot of junk we don’t need. When we run out of something, it gets added to the list, and once enough stuff is on it to justify making a run to the store, I go get everything. Sometimes this method can generate a pretty random list. Here is how it started off a couple of days ago:

  • ice melter
  • waffles
  • scotch tape

If this combination seems strange to you, you’ve obviously never made a frozen waffle ceviche cured in ice melter and wrapped in tape. Yummy!

Such Are the Pitfalls of Discount Shopping

March 28, 2008

There is a line in the old television show The Golden Girls about liking shopping for groceries in discount warehouse stores because it makes you feel immortal. Yesterday, I finally finished the peanuts I bought in one of them back in November.

A while ago, we were given a membership to the BJ’s warehouse store chain as a gift. I’ve never had much use for it, because it’s a little out of the way for us to drive to and I’ve never liked buying a bunch of crap I don’t need. However, the price per unit on things can be pretty cheap if you buy a lot of them at once, so I do go there occasionally for some odds and ends that I know we’ll use eventually, like toilet paper.

That’s how I wound up gawking at the ridiculously cheap price per pound on peanuts there back in November and decided to buy a tin for myself. Never mind the fact that it was a three pound, four ounce tin of peanuts, and never mind the fact that I’m the only person in our house who likes peanuts. It was cheap per pound to begin with, plus it was on sale. I folded like a lawn chair. Such are the pitfalls of discount shopping.

So now, after eating a few peanuts almost every day for the last four months, I have finally vanquished the bottomless peanut jar. I don’t want to look at another peanut the foreseeable future, although I wonder if they’re running a deal on cashews right now…

Stupid Consumer Tricks

November 23, 2007

As if I ever needed more reasons to observe “Buy Nothing Day” instead of “Black Friday,” here’s another example of the wonderful behavior the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season can spawn in mindless consumers:

Police: Parents Leave Child in Car While They Shop Overnight

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A Franklin County couple has been charged after leaving a young child in a car while they shopped.

Cops found the two year-old kid in the unheated car, shivering, soaked and scared, in a shopping center parking lot at 2:45 a.m. the morning of Black Friday.

What were those who left the child behind thinking? Probably, “Let’s leave the kid in the car, honey; he’s just dead weight while we’re racing around to get the best deals at the stroke of midnight, anyway.” Welcome to the American Dream in action.


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