Sunday, January 23, 2011

Late Night Shopping

Okay -I've mentioned this a few times in my last posts that my son's pickup truck is broke down, sitting in his yard, waiting (patiently) for him to get a pay check or two (or ten) so he can have it towed to a garage somewhere around here and hopefully, get the poor little thing fixed and running again.

And in conjunction with that, I've mentioned that in the interim, my son is using my Jeep to get back and forth to work too, haven't I?

This isn't the worst possible arrangement for his transportation and for the most part, isn't all that much of a hardship on me since I pretty much stay home, stay put in my recliner, embroidering and taking a break to fix supper for the family or get our current "meals on wheels" program in gear to get lunches to my son as he passes by the area some days.

Well this week, I sure didn't want to go out due to the cold and the snow and the ice and all that happy malarky we had going on in this area but by today, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and go out as my nicotine supply was about to dry up on me and heaven knows, we can't allow that to happen now, can we?

So I called my son this a.m. and told him I needed him to come to the house sometime today because I had some errands I had to run -also needed to get a few grocery items too.

Well, I expected he'd show up in the late afternoon -at the absolute latest -but I sure didn't figure it would be almost 9 p.m. before he got here with my buggy! So, by the time I was ready to leave for groceries, it was almost 10 p.m. and at that hour, only one store -besides the Sheetz where I could get my smokes -that would be open to get any groceries would be Walmart so, with not much choice in the matter, that's where I headed - over to Clearfield.

I had a little list with me and figured I didn't need all that much in the way of staples and stuff like that, so this was a chance for me to pick up a few other things that I really didn't have to get right now but that I wanted or that we would need over the next month or so.

Now, when I do my grocery shopping I generally try to keep a little running tally going in my head so I don't get too carried away with my spending but, unfortunately, tonight I didn't do that -mainly because I didn't think I was putting all that much in the cart.

However, when it came time to check out, the old POS systems there at Walmart must have been working overtime because my total bill was a bit over $50 more than I had anticipated spending!

Holy Rip! What the heck all did I buy that ran it up so darned high! For openers, I couldn't believe how much some items had gone up in price since the last time I went shopping over there! Eggs especially -man, they were outrageous! And butter/margarine had gone up a lot too. (Well, I managed to get a pound of the Walmart brand butter for a "mere" $2.48 a pound which was about .48 cents more per pound than I usually pay for real butter. But then, I usually don't buy it unless it is on sale at that price however, I needed a pound of it since you really have to have "Real Butter" to spread on warm, fresh from the oven, homemade bread and I'm kind of back on a bit of a bread-baking kick ya know.)

And I sprang for a couple tops for myself too -but they were on sale at really good prices so that wasn't that big of a deal.

But you can bet your bottom dollar that next time I go for groceries, I'll be tallying things up in my head as I put them in my cart so I don't get all shell-shocked ya know, when I go to check out!


terri said...

It's all too easy to spend more than you plan in a place like WalMart. That's why I have to be careful having a Target just around the corner from me!

Lori said...

I understand all too well!!! Your son is very blessed to have you helping him out like this. Very kind of you. Happy Sunday!

Travis Cody said...

We had one of those shopping trips on Saturday. I thought we were keeping a close enough eye on what was going in the card...and the price. But when we got to the register, the evidence was clear that some extra items had jumped in.