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Not Quite Perfect Shopping

 

 

McDonaldHave I told you the shopping here in Lake Havasu is abysmal? I mean it is awful. I want duly noted the tremendous, unselfish and long-enduring sacrifice I am making for the Kingdom of God by living here in shopping dearth-land, and by the corollary suffering brought on by this extreme repression of my God-given female shopping gene. Three major “department” stores grace our fair streets: WalMart, KMart, and Penny’s. There was one more place when we first came here–one called Dunlaps. Had its going out of business sale a couple of months ago. Very sad.

Holiday shopping days are upon us, and as I was puzzling about my dilemma today, I recalled that this time last year I had all my shopping done, my cards arranged, and the postage bought. Sickening thought, for this year–the year of our Lord 2007–I have no shopping done, don’t have one Christmas card in our motorhome, and haven’t even glimpsed a Christmas stamp.I believe God is humbling me and asking that I sacrifice the joyous exhilaration I experience when I stroll through crowded malls, as splendid notes of carols vibrate the fragrant air, angels fly, Rudolph blinks, Santas ho ho their way to golden thrones, and the cash registers merrily cha ching their way through each day.

It’s probably good for me to be so deprived. I was seriously considering that God is trying to teach me a lesson, bring me down a notch or two, when through my prowling around the internet, such a thought was solidified in my mind and I knew it for a surety. For of all things I learned of an outlet mall McDonald’s, where the food served is imperfect.

GURNEE, IL—Hungry shoppers at the Gurnee Mills outlet mall can now get a name-brand lunch at a bargain-basement price, thanks to the Monday opening of McDonald’s first “Not Quite Perfect” outlet store, offering imperfect and irregular items from the fast-food giant’s menu. More here.

So, I am resigned…(maybe)…to not quite perfect shopping. Don’t look for me at the splendid malls of Phoenix, or striding around those in Las Vegas, or at South Coast Plaza or strolling down Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or prancing around Hollywood and Vine in smart Christmas shopping attire. No, you’ll probably fail to find me there. More apt to spot me in the aisles of WalMart or KMart or sitting in a plastic booth at one of McDonald’s fine discount shops. 😦

I clicked over to peek at Rodeo Drive and found this paragraph you must read:

In fact, Rodeo Drive is home to the single most expensive store in the world: Bijan (at 420 Rodeo Drive). You must make an appointment in advance just to shop at Bijan (which was named after its Iranian owner). On a typical visit, Bijan‘s average customer spends in the neighborhood of $100,000 on men’s fashions, which range from a $50 pair of socks to $15,000 suits.

Believe I’ve veered from my designated place. I’ll just wander back now to McDonald’s Discount and wonderful “Wally World!”

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Hail Power Shopping!

Not sure whether it can be detected by any known test, but if such were so, I believe my DNA would indicate a dominant bargain hunting gene. Southern California, where I have lived most of my adult life, is replete with fine discount stores–even discount malls, where every store offers its merchandise at slashed prices. When my children were home, the day after Christmas always found us at South Coast Plaza for splendid after Christmas sales. Jerry didn’t usually join us, for he isn’t a shopping gene carrier, although, when he does shop, he doesn’t mind a bargain or two.

I’m a bit surprised at myself, given my proclivity for bargain-shopping, that I haven’t utilized the internet more, for I’m convinced there are great buys to be found there. This morning, I came across what appears to be such excellent shopping material that I have bookmarked this source, and I certainly want to share it with you.

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In the past 10 years, the internet has completely revolutionized the way we shop—so much so that there’s rarely a compelling reason to make purchases offline anymore. But the rise of online shopping has also given rise to an ocean of choice, and you want to make sure you’re getting the best deals available to you. If you’re a die-hard bargain shopper, you can spend tons of time looking for deals on the internet—and you can be very successful. But if you don’t have an abundance of time to dedicate to bargain hunting, you can still save buckets of cash by following just a few simple tips.

Read the entire excellent article here.

Several of my friends already do a great deal of shopping on the internet, and seem quite pleased with the results. If you are one of those who shop in this way, I’d like to hear from you. Do you have favorite places, has such shopping worked out for you, do clothes fit when you order them, have you had to return anything…and was that a great hassle? Let us know.

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