Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Shopping Discriminations

I like to shop. I guess I come by it naturally, because when I was a kid I can remember my Mom letting me skip school to go on shopping trips with her. I also remember cutting a day of school during my Jr. year of high school to go to the grand opening of the mall where I lived. That one, my Mom didn’t know about. However, when I showed up at home wearing a “Grand-opening-of-the-mall” T-shirt, I think she began to suspect something had gone on.

Yesterday, I did some “Back to School” shopping. I suppose actually, it should be called “Going to School” shopping because my son is just starting school this year. He did attend pre-school last year, but this is his first real year of required lists of school supplies, new school clothes and shoes, figuring out bus schedules, etc… By the way, I’m having a complete meltdown over this, so you can expect a tear stained blog entry after the first day of school.

Anyway, because I fancy myself a bit of a shopping aficionado, it’s taken some getting used to for me to come to the realization, that sometimes when I leave JC Penney’s, there will be nothing in the bag for me. Bummer. Yesterday I had a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. I love that coupon! How can you get any better than that? So I ran to Penney’s on my lunch hour to spend my money. The coupon expires on Saturday and I won’t be home, so I figured I better get spending if I’m to do any saving.

I decided I better be a good mom and look at some clothes for my son. He needs some new things for school. I wandered to the kids department at the back of the store. As I passed through the girls section, there was an ocean of girl clothes. Rack upon rack of cute little jeans, any sort of shirt you could possibly want (some I’d love to have should they make a much larger size!), there were winter coats, sweatshirts, you name it, they had it. Then I entered the boys section… There were two racks of shirts and a small shelf with some jeans in completely picked over sizes. Yes, you heard me TWO racks of shirts. What is up with that?? My choices were Lightning McQueen T-shirts (we already have an abundance of those) or polo shirts in strange colors. How am I supposed to work with that?

If I’m expected to Back to School shop for the next 12 years, the Penney’s in my town is going to have to make great strides in improving their boys department…either that or I’m going to have to cut work and take a shopping trip.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder to use my Penney's $10 certificate! I got a pair of sunglasses, regularly $24, @ 50% off, minus the $10 cert, so they totaled $2 plus tax. :-)
PD in CO

Cari Johnson said...

I love hearing things like that! Earlier this year, I got a shirt that I'd been eyeing for about the same as you paid for your sunglasses. And men say shopping isn't fun... I can't think of very many things more fun than getting one-up on the retail world! They certainly do it to us often enough. Happy Bargain Hunting!

Anonymous said...

I probably have a coupon sitting at home. What a bummer! Oh well, the disadvantages of travelling! (I can't believe there really are some).


Cari Johnson said...

Glad you are reading from the road! Too bad about your coupon!


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