Since I wasn’t cooking Christmas dinner, Christmas Eve dinner, or any other dinner over the Christmas 4 day weekend extravaganza, I didn’t bother to take on my least favorite chore. I mean, I had enough to do, why bother with grocery shopping? I managed to put it off until this morning. I looked in my refrigerator and realized I hadmore beer/wine/liquor than food and my college days are long behind me. This just wouldn’t do.
I wrote out a copious list, took the kids to (BAD MAMA, BAD!) Wendy’s for lunch, and hit the grocery store. I was shocked at what I found. The Christmas stuff, which at Target and other places, had been obliterated and looked a complete mess, was fairly pristine and was all 50% or more off. Not only that, but they were giving away balloons (the nice mylar kind, apparently Christmas leftovers), and the employees were so nice I had to look twice to make sure I was in Kroger. The place was practically deserted as well, making my shopping experience just that much better.
I breezed through my shopping like I never have before. The kids, occupied with their nice, mylar balloons kept themselves busy. I bought a giant box of Turtles, originally $9.99, for $4. I was in such a magnanimous mood that when I was browsing through the leftover Christmas stuff, I bought each kid a stuffed animal- total for both stuffed animals, under $5.
The grocery store is the way to go for the after Christmas sales. The markdowns were great, the staff was nice, and the sale area wasn’t trashed. That’s my kind of shopping right there.