“Christmas Chaos”

It’s that time of year again!  Do you like Christmas shopping?  I do, sometimes.  When I was younger, I loved shopping.  Now, not so much, but it’s because of all the hustle, bustle, and chaos.  I hate the crowded stores, the unkept shelves, the mispriced merchandise, and the attitudes that come with the stress of dealing with all the above.

I used to work in retail.  For the better part of 11-years, I rang up sales, listened to customer complaints, did my bosses job, handled holiday displays, and everything else associated with working behind the cash register.  It was last year, that I decided enough is enough.

Last year, apart from a few things, I did all my Christmas shopping online.  I’d always said I was going to, but never did.

This year, the only thing I’ve currently purchased in-store, Christmas related, is my wrapping paper.  I’m super picky about my wrapping paper.  I like the old-fashioned, brown paper with Christmas designs on them.  I’m also picky about the price for the obvious reasons.  Why spend so much on wrapping paper when the receiver of the gift is only going to rip that paper to shreds opening it.  I found a good deal about two weeks ago when I bought some wrapping paper I’d been eyeing for a few weeks at the Dollar General.  It was priced at $3 a roll, but I bought it on sale for $1 a roll.  So, I bought the three rolls of wrapping paper I wanted for the price I was going to pay for just the one, saving myself over $5.  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but these days, every dollar counts anymore.

I don’t participate in Black Friday shopping either, although I did one year just for fun.  That was an experience!  I didn’t buy anything, I just pushed the cart for my sister-in-law and her mother-in-law while they shopped.  I haven’t done it again since.

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