I love Target, or Tar-jay as we still like to call it. That place has got everything, things you didn’t even know you wanted until you walk inside. But if I ever shop there to buy the one or two things I need and walk out with only those items, it’ll be the first time. I swear they know my weaknesses for low prices, cute outfits, and impulse shopping. Just yesterday we had run out of paper towels. The Grub’s been trying out this new food we got her and she’s been having none of it.
Dumps it right on the floor and don’t even get me started on how much of it ended up on my clothes. She does not like this stuff at all, and she’s letting both of us know about it. We’ve had to take two of Kevin’s suit pants to the cleaners and he made the mistake of trying to feed her in that favorite Ravens T-shirt I got him for his birthday. Needless to say, we’d been going through paper towels a lot quicker than usual around here and we were running low. I used to think Kevin went through rolls of paper towels fast, but he’s got nothing on Elsa.
Oh how I long for the days where he would use them for anything and everything around the house; whether it was for drying his hands at the kitchen sink, wiping down the car, cleaning the blinds, blowing his nose – it seemed my Kevin went through a roll of paper towels a day. But Elsa has been making more of a mess than usual and I’ve found myself reaching for paper towels every time. It’s a bad habit, I know; bad for the environment, bad for the wallet, bad all around. Yet, there I was down to the last sheet on the last roll of a 12 roll pack I had bought at Target just last week! And that was a $135 trip to the store that started with me needing only toilet paper and Band-Aids, and resulted in me walking out with the aforementioned items, a blender, three tank tops, a cute green bra, some greeting cards, dishwashing soap pods, coffee, hot dogs, a 12 pack of that beer Kevin likes and the movie Fast and Furious 6 on Blu-ray because it was on sale and Kevin loves it.
This time was going to be different. I just needed paper towels. But I couldn’t justify a trip to Target only for paper towels, so I looked around the house to take some inventory. I figured if I went in there with a list of items, it would keep me more focused and I wouldn’t lollygag around. Just get the six or seven things I really needed, don’t even look at the other departments as I was passing through. Eye on the ball, Beckie. Get in, get what you need, get out. No blenders, no cute tank tops, NO Vin Diesel. So it turns out we needed: paper towel, tin foil, sugar, toothpaste, mouthwash, and those Breathe Right strips (because Kevin’s started snoring again and those usually help). I was determined to complete my mission. I got in the car, drove over there, and parked. Even found a spot close to the front of the store, so I didn’t have a lot of time for something else to pop into my head to add to my list as I walked inside.
Grabbed my cart, and made a beeline directly to each item. Tin foil. Sugar. Toothpaste and mouthwash, same section. Bam. Bam. Bam Bam. And then, I hit a snag. I shouldn’t have stopped. I should have kept on walking. But nope. I did stop. I did look. The Swiffer Steamboost. On sale, from fifty bucks down to twenty-eight. That’s almost half price! And have you seen the floors in my house?! I argued with myself even as I was lifting it off the rack and placing it into my cart. The tin foil was looking at me like it was ashamed. I was ashamed too. But it’s a Swiffer Steamboost at almost half price. I hung my head and moved on.
That’s when I noticed this pair of cute gold strappy sandals…and they were ONLY $18.99! They ended up in the cart next to the Steamboost and I could swear that was laughing at me now…
I walked out to my car, reading the receipt that read $163.65. I didn’t realize I forgot the paper towels until I pulled into the garage.