Category Archives: shopping

Nice little stocking stuffer for the bass player

When I was going crazy, trying to think of stocking stuffer gift ideas for the adults in the extended family, I remembered that Cousin Steve plays the bass. So I think that the next time I’m at the mall, I’m going to make a point to buy some Bass Strings to put into his stocking! Won’t he be surprised to see something like that instead of a candy bar or an orange!

Good deals are everywhere right now

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one that buys a lot of things for myself during the Christmas season. During the course of the year, when people try to buy me gifts I usually ask them for a gift card. I hold on to them until the next Christmas Holiday shopping season, then I use them to buy things for myself! Naturally I do Christmas shopping to buy gifts for other people too, but it just seems smart to take advantage of the best sale prices when they are out there!

I guess that I’m not the only one that does that, however, because I saw on Facebook last night that Brenda was bragging that she has finished her ukulele classes and is planning to check out the good deals on ukuleles and buy herself a new ukulele! I hope she posts a YouTube video of herself playing a song so I can see her play! We live too far from each other for me to be able to visit with her in person.

More Christmas stuff than Halloween stuff

Christmas decorations (free clip art)

Christmas decorations (free clip art)

I went to a local retail store and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had about 5 times more Christmas stuff out than they did Halloween stuff and that even includes all the candy. Why is it that it seems every year they put the Christmas stuff out earlier and earlier? I guess they’re trying to catch people while they still have a little money hoping they’ll start their Christmas shopping early.

Well I don’t get my Christmas fund money until the middle of November so I couldn’t start shopping for Christmas if I wanted to yet. You know, I could start putting stuff on layaway. What am I saying? Here I was fussing and now I’m thinking of layaway. Shame on me!!

Impulse Purchases at the Check-out counters

temper tantrum (free clip art)

temper tantrum (free clip art)

One of the biggest reasons why I dislike taking kids shopping with me is the dreaded check-out counter trap. While waiting in line, or while checking out, the kids are bombarded visually with all kids of tempting candy or toys. The kids, already tired (and sometimes hungry) see these impulse purchase items and immediately start begging the parents to buy the candy or the toy. If the parent refuses to fall for this “buy now” trap, the kids often throw a temper tantrum. Nobody wants to see, or hear, kids throwing a temper tantrum, ever. The parents of the kids are tired from the shopping trip and just want to get out of the store, so they often give in to the begging.

This whole thing is a terrible trap for the parents, and is a very good reason to try to find a baby-sitter to take care of the kids while the parents go do the shopping.