Do you live to shop? Do you get ansty when you haven’t shopped in a while? Do you suffer withdrawals if you don’t get your shopping fix? Do you get an adrenaline high when you score a great sale?
Ya, *not* me! I despise shopping. Really. I particularly despise shopping when I’m in a pinch and have to get something fast - like a range.
If you have an above-average sized family, chances are you good that you rely on your oven for many meals during the week. One of the things I do is to cook a little bigger, which often leaves leftovers. We are pretty good about eating leftovers most of the time, and it’s nice to have a hot lunch during the week.
Monday night, we discovered that the oven wasn’t working. This normally wouldn’t bother me too much, except that this particular range is only a few years old. And we were hungry.
In desperation, we used the oven in the RV, which is rarely used while on vacation. Why? Because it’s too small! Well, it’s too small for a large-ish family, when it comes to baking dinner dishes that are required to feed everyone at one time. Regardless, since we were having meatloaf and baked potatoes and missing the oldest (who was eating at Bible study), we thought we could shove it all in the little oven, and we weren’t disappointed.
Tuesday, we took apart the range apart and got into the control panel. (This is when having a husband who is an engineer and has all those electrical tools comes in handy.) He tested everything, and determined that the problem was in the motherboard/brains and that it probably was not cost-effective to fix.
And you know what that means. Shopping. Shopping for something you really kind of have to have, and in a hurry.
Now, you might think that in a smaller town, it would be pretty easy. Not so fast. We have Sears and Home Depot and some other miscellaneous appliance sellers (who sell other things, too)……………….. and that’s it. By default, this means comparison shopping online, at those company websites.
I used to not find that problematic. Maybe it’s because we’re having solar flares, but my computer on high-speed cable internet has been running like a boat anchor (and I’m sure I need to defrag), and it takes a looooooooooonnnnnnggggggg time for pages to load. This means I now dread even shopping online. Did I mention that I am not a patient person? Particularly when it comes to waiting on websites?
You get the point. Click on something to see detail and wait wait wait. Click to go back and wait wait wait. Click to try to filter by option and wait wait wait. *sigh*
Once I found something, I decided it was a good idea to go to the store to see if it had an item in that finish. I also went to the other store to see what they had in stock and on closeout, because sometimes you can find a steal. Tuesday was not that day.
In the second store, I saw a dishwasher with the one finish and decided I hated it. I tell you, I spent another 2 hours in the store, using the computer to shop their site online. How twisted is that?! In the end, I was able to make a choice and decided to order in the store, so that the nice new, young salesboy could get a commission. (—–> sucker )
Despite my rushing out and spending hours online and in-store shopping, when I ordered, of course, the item was backordered. That means that it’s not going to be here for another 3 weeks! And, even though it will be delivered to the store on a Friday, they want to charge me $10 to deliver it on a Saturday (which negates the “free delivery”, imo), which I am too cheap to do.
So, I wait until the following Monday. At least they will haul the old one away for free. And we’re going back to gas.
Some people thrive on shopping. Sometimes I wish I could enjoy it more. In many regards, it seems like a total waste and sending money up in smoke, since most things in my life are utilitarian and serve a purpose, before they wear out and have to be replaced.
I’m fatigued from shopping. Tuesday it was the range; Wednesday and Thursday it was tv and internet shopping, and Thursday and Friday it’s been shopping for the next vacation site. *That,* however, is a whole ‘nother post, because vacation shopping (which for us includes parks/campgrounds) is incredibly labor intensive when going to a new destination. Blerg.
I don’t have an inner shopaholic, no matter how much I try -except for maybe yarn and books. Speaking of yarn, the yarn I ended up ordering online came yesterday, which I admit, does give me a thrill (you know, because of my yarn “sickness”). The store still hasn’t called, but I’m ok now that I can get my fix!
Huh. Maybe I do have a little shopaholic in me after all!
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