I'm not a fan of Wal*mart. In fact, I can barely stand the place, but I've found that Wal*mart is a necessary evil when you're feeding a family of five...on a budget. They really do have the lowest prices.
I made my bi-weekly grocery shopping trip last Saturday. I try so hard to never have to go there on a Saturday, but last week was one of those weeks where there weren't enough hours in each day to get done all that I needed to get done. A trip to the store could not be neglected any longer though, so I went on Saturday while Abbey was at a birthday party. I went to a different Wal*mart than I normally shop and I was in there for all of about 3 minutes before I felt my blood pressure start rising. It's an older store, is not very clean, has narrow aisles, and about 300% more shoppers than the Wal*mart in my town. I called John and said groceries would have to wait because I couldn't stay in that store another minute. I did stay for a little while longer and bought the items on my list that I couldn't make it through the weekend without, then headed across the street to Sonic (1/2 price vanilla Dr. Pepper) and Borders Books to calm myself down. Thank goodness for Sonic and bookstores.
I made a trip to my local, spotlessly clean, wide-aisled and never crowded (I'm not joking) Walmart after my hike this morning and finished up my shopping. I even had time to come home and put the groceries away before picking Abbey up from school. Much better. Much, much better.
Or so I thought. I just started getting dinner ready a few minutes ago and realized that I couldn't find the head of garlic that I bought. Now, normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but John has accidentally tossed the last 2 I've bought into the trashcan while cleaning up behind me and I was determined to safeguard this one and make it last for more than one meal. I searched and searched for that garlic. Looked in the pantry, looked on every shelf and every drawer in the fridge, went outside and looked in the van. Even got the plastic bags out of the recycle bin and looked through them to make sure I didn't accidentally throw it away. Nope. It was nowhere to be found. I just figured it got left at the store this morning, and decided I could live without my .35 garlic until I need to return to the store for fruit and veggies next week. All was good until I started looking for the cilantro to chop for our enchiladas. Couldn't find that either. What I did find was the receipt...and I'm not only missing garlic and cilantro, but also bananas, cream cheese, carrots, tortillas and 2 packages of hoagie rolls. Arggghhhh!
This happens to me about 1 out of every 5 trips I make to Wal*mart. I somehow manage to make it home without all my groceries. Does this happen to you too? I hate getting home and realizing I'm missing stuff. They always replace it for me when I return, but frankly, I don't always remember to bring my receipt with me, and then I end up paying for those items again. It frustrates me so much. Especially because I don't really have time tomorrow to go and retrieve those items. And I don't have time on Wednesday either. Argghhh.
Just another reason I think Wal*mart is evil. I'm thinking of changing their slogan for them from "Always Low Prices" to "Always Bad Mood" because that's how I start to feel when I think about going to that place.
John would be fine for me to ditch it altogether and shop at our local chain grocery store. I do sometimes, but I usually save $50-70 by shopping at Walmart. And that is significant enough to keep me in bondage. I guess.
*Update--After I finished typing this I shredded the chicken (cooked without garlic) and prepared the filling for enchiladas before I realized that I needed the tortillas that were in the bag that I didn't bring home from Wal*mart. So...I'm heading BACK to the store in a little while to pick up the things I left there (plus some Ty*lenol for the huge headache I now have). Enchiladas are on the menu for tomorrow night, and my kids love me so much right now because I let them have a box of mac and cheese for dinner.