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This past weekend I grabbed my car keys and my purse, kissed my husband goodbye and said “I’m running to Walmart to pick up a few things. I won’t be gone long.” The look on his face said it all, he knows what happens when I shop. After all, he’s been there, he’s made the dreaded trip to the store with me many times.

When I finally arrived back home 2 1/2 hours later, his eyes said “I told you so” and his lips jokingly said, “your face looks familiar”.  So I tried to explain why my trip was, well, like all of my trips.

I wanted to buy new toothbrushes for us, but I couldn’t decide if we needed the ones with the tongue and cheek cleaner or the ones with flexing sides that can improve your oral health in 2 weeks, or possibly the ones that remove up to 99% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas or the ones with cross action bristles that promise to do everything.

Then I had to check the clearance aisle because I always check the clearance aisle; after all, I don’t want to miss the deal of a lifetime. I found a really nice bakeware set but after closer inspection realized that even though they were abiding on the clearance aisle, the price wasn’t reduced at all so I decided to return them to the so-called clearance aisle.

Next, I had headed for the food section when I remembered I needed a birthday card.  But five were way too mushy, two were too mean, one was too sexy, one was just, well stupid, and finally I found the one acceptable birthday card in the entire aisle.

So my cross store journey to the food section began again only to be brought to a halt as I wandered past the craft section because I remembered I needed mod podge for a project I have in mind. But I’ve never used mod podge and who knew there could possibly be 17 varieties!

From there, I had the food section in sight. Cart positioned for a straight path to the frozen foods when smack dab in the middle of the aisle sat a display of kids art supplies. My memory was instantly triggered by the sight; we need more paintbrushes. Which then brought me to, you guessed it, another halt.  After all, how long could this take?

To try to explain all of these diversions to a man that has tunnel vision and blinders on every time he goes to the store isn’t worth the effort.  He knows what he’s going to the store for, heads straight to it, pays for it and he’s out the door.

At times I wish I had a little of his tunnel vision. Other times, I’m happy with turning every trip to Walmart or Target into an adventure laden with what could only be described as life-changing finds!

How do your trips to Target or Walmart go?





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gloria patterson April 24, 2018, 9:25 am

“I’m running to Walmart to pick up a few things. I won’t be gone long.”

I was there on sunday 2 hours later I was checking out. And the bad part I missed 2 items that I needed and had to stop at another store before going home. 🙂

Teresa April 24, 2018, 11:35 am

Oh Gloria, you sound just like me!!

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond April 25, 2018, 5:52 pm

Hi Teresa! I have to say I must have got the ‘man’s shopping genes’ as I’m not really very good at shopping. I like to get in and get out and don’t wander. In fact, my husband retired before me and took on the duties of our food shopping. When I retired, I let him continue as he seems to enjoy it and that is one thing less I have to worry about 🙂 I can be time consuming though once you arrive at the shopping centre and you remember things that weren’t on your list! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us at #MLSTL and see you next week! I’ve shared on social media.

Teresa April 25, 2018, 10:06 pm

Thank you Sue, I wish I had the “man’s shopping genes”!

Leanne | April 25, 2018, 10:53 pm

We don’t have Walmart in Australia – and maybe it’s a good thing because I imagine I’d be stuck in there for hours too – everything seems to be so cheap and there’s so much to choose from. Another blogger has been doing the AtoZ of Michael’s – which is a giant craft store we also don’t have in Australia. I’m not a crafty person, but that store lures me with all it has to offer!

Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

Teresa April 26, 2018, 10:12 pm

I can tell you that I love Michael’s too and Hobby Lobby as well! That’s interesting that Walmart isn’t in Australia, I thought they were slowly taking over the world! HaHa! Thank you for reading and sharing.

sue April 27, 2018, 5:25 am

Teresa, reading your post made me laugh, but also made me realise I’m much more like your husband these days! It takes a lot to get me into a busy shopping centre, I have to REALLY want or need whatever it is I’m there for. The thought of going clothes shopping is completely unappealing, whereas once upon a time I used to love spending a whole day trying on new outfits. I have no idea where my inner shopper-gal disappeared to (but I don’t really miss her)!!

Teresa April 27, 2018, 6:09 am

Hi Sue, thanks so much for your comments. I feel the same way about clothes shopping, my only problem is when I head to Walmart or Target to pick up “groceries” and end up sidetracked by multiple items! Have a great week.

Eclectic Evelyn May 1, 2018, 11:18 am

I have a love hate relationship with Walmart for this very reason. lol I can never just run to Walmart and grab something. I end up being there at least 2 hours and coming out with at least $100 worth of stuff and all I went to pick up was cat food. It’s the clearance aisle and the sales that are my downfall. There is always something I ‘need’ because it is sooooo cute. Thanks for sharing this at #WoW Words on Wednesday Linkup

Teresa May 2, 2018, 7:45 am

I had to “run” into Walmart yesterday to get a couple things because the grandkids were coming over. And yes, the clearance aisle once again lured me in its direction. How can you possibly pass up a large box of Legos for $10! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


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