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Shop Me Before I Stop

I love grocery shopping. No; really. I may not love having to grocery shop, but while I’m there I look at it like any other shopping trip. Except in the grocery store I can basically buy anything I want.

What is it about shopping? We all (except those weird women who hate to) shop, either at stores, online or by catalog and, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I actually feel mesmerized by the process – even if I don’t buy anything. Is that the gatherer gene in play?

But, I’m serious about liking grocery shopping. Where else can you pretty much get any and everything that strikes your fancy and still not spend over $200? What a deal! Some gourmet ginger preserves? Why not! Fancy schmancy crackers? Go for it! A $24.99 per pound steak? Well, I can’t unless I’m at Whole Foods (that’s another story), but I could if I wanted to!

There are stores I prefer, of course, to grocery stores, but I’m one of those lemons-to-lemonade kind of gals so since I have to grocery shop (and wouldn’t dare trust Gary to get the right things), I try to make it fun. That means that I occasionally get caught dancing in the aisles to Prince.

But I have to admit, my biggest addiction is catalog shopping. Even though I’ll actually order online, I still prefer looking through a catalog, finding stuff I like,  folding down pages. The real test is when I go back and try to figure out exactly what it was I wanted on those pages.

Most of the time I don’t order most the stuff I pick out, which is exactly what my mother used to do. She was addicted to shopping, too. She’d fill out the mail order forms and never mail them. In many ways, it’s almost as satisfying.


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  1. Marie says:

    I can’t stand going grocery shopping because its not satisfying shopping its one of those gotta dos.

  2. Toni says:

    Once I cut up my credit cards I found mall shopping lost it’s hold on me (a good thing)…however, I too have always loved grocery shopping because it was ‘guilt free’ shopping. I could satisfy the urge to spend and it was all needed, useful stuff that I was required – in order to survive – to purchase! What a win-win 🙂 I often clip coupons and forget to bring them, but when I do that too, the endorphin rush is positively heady lol.

    • terri says:

      I hear ya about the coupons! I spend all that time clipping them only to forget them. I have started to leave the coupons in the car. That helps. Now if only I could remember the shopping bags. . .

  3. Richard says:

    Damn girl- You are a true patriot. We have a consumer based economy – so the more you buy the better shape the country is in. (sorry about the dangling participal – it’s a problem we guys have). Keep up the good work!

  4. Jade Greene says:

    Hi Lucille !

    I found it interesting that you see yourself as a “gatherer”. For me, it’s always been the thrill of the “hunt”. I sift through racks for hours, stalking my prey. Then, wham ! I pounce, and when the blood has been shed ( at the checkout ), I wear my trophy as a garment. Oh, yeah. That’s what it is !

  5. Sharon says:

    omg, online shopping and u can be dangerous!!!!!!!! I have been shopping with you for years and blame my addiction on u and my mom! How many catalogs do you get?????

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