I have such a bitter sweet experience with Target every time. I love the options. They fill my mind with endless possibilities. However, I am convinced they are one of my mortal enemies.
Example from just last nights shopping.
Simple one to begin with. Peanut Butter. I have had the same jar of peanut butter since I have moved in. I have about a quarter left in the jar. But, on the shelf I see a glorious jar of JIF extra crunchy. I decide I "needed" it. For a split second my eyes divert to the side to see a package with 2 extra crunchy peanut butter jars. Yum, "needed" to have them. This is a bargain, right? My justification... food storage???
Second.....I "needed" a hand crank flashlight. It can go in my 72-hour kit. But I "needed" another flashlight with batteries so I don't have a cramp in my arm from cranking a flashlight all night long. So, what do I do?
I get both.
I "needed" muffin pans. I tried to decide between regular, or extra large tins (maybe if I was lucky BOTH). Thanks to my conscious... aka April. I decided to settle on the regular size. Then right beside those pans was a cooling rack. I had been thinking for a long time about getting one. But just put it off. Oh, but not last night. I bought one. Definitely not on the list.
Like I say, Friend or Foe? All I know is that I left without the $120 that I came in with. But, I count it a blessing that Target didn't suck more out of me.
Target, you might have won the battle BUT you won't win the war. (Well actually...you probably will. But I like to talk a big talk)
So when there is something to be done I typically see just one way of doing it. Not that I have anything against doing it another way. Sometimes I just don't explore the options.
This past week I was at Wendy's grabbing a quick .99 (There is no cent mark???) value burger. I didn't want to break out the debit card for $1.08 meal. So I frantically go through my car and purse looking for the correct change.
I come up with 3 quarters, four dimes, 1 nickel and 3 pennies.
I loved that I had 3 pennies because that meant that I didn't have to get back any pennies.
So I gave my cashier my three quarters. Then I thought "ok, I still need .25 to complete the dollar." So I throw in 2 dimes and the nickel. Then I just needed .08. So I throw in the 3 pennies and another dime. I thought that would be perfect because then I would only get a nickel back. I gave the money to the cashier.
She comes back and says that I must have given her an extra nickel. I say back to her "Oh no, I gave you that much to you because I wanted to get a nickel back. Because I didn't want to get any pennies back."
She gives me a quizzical look and hands me back the nickel.
Then I have my Ah Ha moment.
I was so focused on not getting any pennies back that I overlooked that I actually gave her extra nickel.