While my mom was here for a visit, I got to spend a morning "out on the town." In other words, I got to go to the Y and Wal-mart without a restless child in tow! It was great.
Now as for Wal-mart, I haven't been a regular shopper there in years. I'm talking a decade or so. However, recently I have gotten reacquainted with its extreme cheapness and I'm totally hooked. Here's just one example. We eat a box of graham crackers a week which are $3.99 at Publix and only $1.28 for the just as good Great Value brand. Hello, no brainier, I'm going to Wal-mart. It is unfortunate for someone like me who a) is not much of a bargain shopper and b) hates Wal-mart. But it is necessary and WORTH IT and I just have to embrace it. My strategy is to go once a month and stock up on all our staples. That I think I can do.
The convenience of buying other non-food items while I'm there is also appealing to me in this stage of my life. Yesterday, I replaced my entire "workout" wardrobe. I've been eying these goods for weeks. I think there comes a point in every grown woman's life when you realize you shouldn't wear t-shirts everyday. My exercise clothes are literally my uniform, and the old sorority t-shirts and too small Old Navy shorts just weren't cuttin' it anymore. So I loaded up on some slightly more sophisticated attire. The shorts were $7 a piece and the shirts $5. That's all new uniforms for less than $40. Not too shabby!
I even slept in one of my new uniforms last night.
And I'm still wearing it now.
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I hope you all have a great weekend and might I suggest that if you are a Wal-mart snob (like I once was) then you best get over it. Save money, live better. That will happen, assuming you don't have a nervous breakdown while shopping.