Finding the bargains

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Have you met Mr. Rollback?

His name is Durel or something like that. He's generous in build and has a great smile.

He's "saving me so I can live better" he says.

He's Walmart's roll back spokesman who's trying to entice us to buy more at America's greatest retail store.

I'm one of his biggest supporters, I guess.

Right now, he has roll backed ketchup, big bottle for $1, Tide detergent, $3 off, Angel Soft toilet tissue $4, Cheerios, Pepsi, Coke, Sprite and other 24 pack soft drinks for $5., and Listerine, that awful tasting mouthwash, and other items.

I've always been a sucker for a bargain.

So I went to the store in question and bought the toilet tissue (not my favorite), a bottle of ketchup, which I didn't need because when I got home I found a spare in the cabinet. I did buy a couple of packs of soft drinks because that is a great buy, as Durel points out. Where else can you find brand name sodas for $5?

I have a girlfriend (military friend) who used to buy the midweek newspaper just to get the advertisements, usually groceries. She would take the newspaper insert with her and shop for the selected bargains all afternoon that day. It was like doing the wash on Monday and the ironing on Tuesday. On Wednesdays, she bargain hunted from store to store, cherry picking the sale items.

Actually, she had to. She had five stairstep children with big appetites. Her husband was a technical sergeant in the USAF and didn't make much money back in the late 60s. She cooked everything from scratch. There were no frozen Grand biscuits or "botten" cakes and pies. She made big cobblers that would stretch for seven people.

I think of her sometimes when I'm shopping for bargains. We used to go to the Bon Marche' in Spokane, Wash., to look for good deals. (Bon Marche' means "a good deal".)

We went to the third floor where we knew the best buys could be found. Of course, we dragged the kids along because we couldn't afford a sitter and nine times out of ten our husbands were somewhere on temporary duty (TDY) to Labrador or Iceland or Thailand or who knows where.

Anyway, I was wondering yesterday if we really need that bargain blouse when our closets are so jammed there's no place for another hanger?

And, men, do you need that new necktie when you have 50 already. Just how many neckties does it take to change a light bulb?

And do you really need another cap?

I have a friend who lives near Hitt's Chapel. She chides me when I buy some nonessential gadget or knick knack.

"Just what are you going to do with that frog? she asked. I was holding a small rattan frog I was considering buying when we were shopping.

I had to think quickly.

"I'm going to put it in my bathroom and stuff a washcloth in its mouth," I said. And I did.

My husband used to rationalize every big purchase he made, thinking he had to have a good reason for indulging.

In later life he stopped doing that.

"Well, I just wanted it," he'd say.

Maybe that's the best reason sometime.

If I want a rattan frog, then why not?

It's okay to allow ourselves now and then.

Even when it isn't a best buy.

God bless, America.

And Fourth of July half-price sales.