There are many pros to Wal-Mart. You can roll out of bed and shop with day old makeup on. Your toddler can throw a total tantrum and no one criticizes you for “gonna spank” him right here, in front of everyone in check-out aisle ten. There’s generally a store nearby. If you need something, Wal-Mart has it. And, it is always open. Where else can you get your tires rotated, a new garden gnome, Wilton cake decorating supplies, your nails done, McDonalds for lunch and pick up groceries all in one stop?
But, despite all of these “pros” there are my snobby cons. I feel gross just parking there. I feel gross touching the shopping carts. I feel gross looking at the dingy floors. And, I can never find someone to help me the few times I’ve needed some assistance. My co-shoppers invade my personal space and are pushy and rude. The children running around are unsupervised and rowdy. The “In” door is on the left confusing everyone about the American way of walking on the right. Weren’t you taught that in school? I sure was. We drive on the right and we walk on the right. Go in the right door. Thanks Wal-Mart for confusing everyone.
I’m not really a snob, I don’t think. I drive a nine year old car. I’ve carried the same purse for three years. I use coupons when I have time to cut them. But, I can’t do Wal-Mart. Jeff and I found some great deals online and our purchase qualified for free shipping, so who cares what store it is, right? We completed our transaction online, selected “ship to home” checked out with PayPal and then noticed that three of our items would only ship to store. No biggie, we chose the closest store, and set up the text message notice to alert us as to when it was ready, and made sure to schedule it on our way to or from work so we wouldn’t have kids, just in case.
Jeff stood in line for an hour to get our three items. They were three things we could have easily run in and found on the shelves ourselves and been out in five minutes. Once he got to the counter, he saw mountains of boxes. Some boxes would get knocked over as an associate tried locating items in orders. Jeff showed them the text with the confirmation number, and they couldn’t find some of our items. The email said just to bring the text confirmation, and nothing more. The associates couldn’t figure out what was missing from our order. They knocked over more boxes, further held up the line, and Jeff waited an additional thirty minutes for them to locate our Soda Stream. All of that for a Soda Stream that we could have gotten at Kohl’s with no hustle and bustle.
Turns out that the ship to store line and the layaway line are one in the same. Jeff took a huge chance and did another ship to store order right before Christmas. That time he got in and out in no time. The clerk told him that layaway was over, hence no line. Lesson? If you have to do ship to store, wait until layaway is over (December 16th, I believe!). So my review? Wal-Mart ship-to-store is no bueno unless it is after the layaway deadline.
My Daily Prayer: Thank you God for always being with me even when I can’t see or feel you there. I know you are, and that you are most likely carrying me through the situation and not just holding my hand. Thank you for pushing me when I need it and I ask for your continued gentle guidance in 2013. AMEN!
Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for nap time so that I can have an hour or two to write, read or clean up the mess Quinn has created.
Happiness Project Progress: Today I switched out Jeff’s and my dressers so that he doesn’t have to go into my closet, and so that I won’t wake him getting into the dresser next to his side of the bed. I cleaned out my closet, my night stand and my vanity. My room is less cluttered and I feel energized to do a little more each day!
Kardashian Kash: I’d take a year to write a book. I’d dedicate a year to a major project on my bucket list.
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