This evening my wife and I had about an hour to kill while we were out. So we decided to “go shopping”. We didn’t need to buy anything in particular. Food was fairly stocked up in our home, so groceries were off the list. Thank goodness. That’s when we usually run into people we know…
Hitting Costco is like dropping a mortgage payment inadvertently while wandering around browsing- so we avoided that place as well. We decided to look around at a Home/Bath/Bedroom place since we don’t normally go to those places.
We weren’t really looking to spend money. It was more a way for us to discuss what changes to our home we’d like to do. Maybe some new dishes? Perhaps some hand towels? Serving sets or small appliances? We walked and talked for a nearly an hour in an empty large box retail store. We noticed one sales associate kept following us, but never made contact. It was eerie after a while. Then it dawned on me, we didn’t have a shopping cart, we were constantly picking up items and putting them down. At one point, my wife and I were “testing pillows” by laying down our heads on them while they were in the bin. This lady following us must think we are trying to shoplift.
My wife in her leggings, purse, and comfortable hoodie & me all clean cut in nice pants and a sweater were clearly there for a “five finger discount” at 8pm on a Monday night. It was strange being stalked by an employee. Needless to say we weren’t stealing, nor did we want to buy anything after that. So we left. We then headed over to the worst place for shopping ever- Walmart.
It was a wonderful sensation going in there. We didn’t fit in. I’m not saying we’re better off than other people, but, we’re better off than most Walmart shoppers. Heck, the website People of Walmart is pretty dang accurate. Especially in that odd time of day before closing… Again, we just wandered around and as usual, just didn’t feel the need to spend money.
Walking away from a store without spending money really isn’t that tough. But it made me realize that I don’t like “window shopping” anymore. Everything I want, I can search out online. Even the prices can be drastically lower. Unfortunately, we spend way more now online…
So for me, the general shopping experience isn’t fun. I don’t get a euphoric feeling spending money. I don’t like to clutter my home with stuff (even though my home is cluttered with stuff). In desperate times, my wife and I are usually “Pro Shoppers”. Get in, get the goods, get out. Wandering aimlessly isn’t our thing. I’m cool with that. More money in the bank for the important things in life.
Like vacations! Boy do I want to travel more. That gives me a euphoric sensation, but that’s for a different post.