This early morning I decided to drive to WalMart (forgive me, those of you who hate that place) just to check-out their prices since I'd not shopped there in three years. You know, just to stock-up on a couple things since I'm in the middle of my Annual Grocery Stock-Up So We're Not Braving a Snowstorm Just For a Can of Olives. Just a simple trip, you understand.
Oh dear. I'd forgotten there is no such thing as a simple trip to WalMart.
Ever since moving to Western New York 18 years ago I've had to contend with an Overload Tendency when shopping these stores back here. If they're not huge in building size, they're huge merchandise-wise. Oh, the amount of stuff you can cram upon shelves when you're determined! I even, all those years ago, stepped outside of two stores within two minutes because of sensory overload inside my brain. Thought I was gonna hyperventilate or something.
All these years later? I can handle those shops much, much longer than 2 minutes. I'm all the way up to around a half-hour. That's how long it took at WalMart this morning for the tick-tick-tick of the clock inside my head to begin, as well as the whispers, you know, "Better hurry, you're running out of time! Stay much longer and you'll lose it right in front of everybody" whispers.
Gah. So I zoomed around with my cart just grabbing things, pulled two coupons from my purse, then raced up to the check-out and got the heck out of Dodge. What a relief.
Okay, so most of WalMart's prices were lower than those at my nearby sane supermarket. But as long as I keep shopping the sales while using my coupons there, too, I'm spending the same (or even lower) than I would if I could handle WalMart overload.
And let's face it--no amount of money saved is worth losing my sanity. :)
You should've seen me when I stepped through our backdoor. I described my adventure to Tom, kept repeating, "I'm so glad to be home, I'm so glad to be home," and found myself tempted to kiss the kitchen floor.
Anyone else been there, done that?
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ... Phil. 4:13 (Well, only "all things" which were His idea for me to do in the first place...)