Sunday, May 16, 2010

Listing ... and Keeling Over

by Leann

I had two things on my list for Target this week and two items for Petsmart. So, why did I spend $90 at Petsmart and $130 at Target? Is it my revolt against "lists" that made me do this? I have been thinking about this all week and would appreciate any and all insight.

I never used to be a list person. My husband always was. I mean, I'm still finding his lists from the 1990's. (Did I mention he has a hard time parting with ANYTHING?) But, yes, getting older does do a number on the short term memory. So, I have begun to write things down. Then put the things I wrote down in places I cannot recall. Does that mean I need a list to tell me where my list is? Perhaps.

But could the lists be more evil than I ever though? Did I just spend $220 merely because I was rebelling against the need for the list? Oh, and when I went into Target I couldn't find the list in this new purse I bought. So I had to buy a purse organizer online because I actually love this purse except for the fact that it seems to be a bottomless pit. The consequence of the new purse cost me $19.95 plus shipping and handling. AND, guess what? I forgot to put "crescent rolls" on the list, didn't buy them and had to stop at the grocery store to buy them on the way back from the chiropractor. What was the real cost of the $1.29 crescent rolls? About $40. See, they had a 24 pack of Coke for $5--couldn't pass that up--and the crescent rolls had a coupon if you bought two and ... you see what happens?

And so, friends, I am wondering if I am losing my mind. Is it the list rebellion? Or something else?

22 comments:

sosarahsew said...

I don't know what the fuss is all about. You just described me... unless that is a problem too! There was a time that I would add "write list" first so I could cross one item off immediately and feel at least SOME sense of accomplishment.

Vicki said...

I am a list maker, I admit it. It doesn't mean I don't occasionally pick up extra things, but I'll tell you what does save money: only shopping twice a month. Seriously. It's a 30 min drive to Costco, Target, Wegmans, etc. To do all that shopping (ok, and eating breakfast out) takes several hours, so we only do this every other Sat. But then, that avoids the "running in for 1 item and coming out with 5" syndrome. I'm telling you, it works!

misterreereeder said...

I think you need a "list" police - it works for me. My wife makes the list and then she sends me to the store. If I come back with anything extra the "list" police giv es me the third degree - so I avoid falling in that trap again. (Ha Ha!!) LOL just doesn't work for me!!!


So how important are those lists? If I am only sent to the store to get a handful of items. I count them off on my hand before I go. Unfortunately sometimes it takes me a while to remember what those items were when I am at the store. I may even have to call home.

Rural View said...

My husband has been a list maker since the year 1, and he is slowly converting me as my memory is slowly deserting me. But, like you, I forget to take the list with me. I also fail to put a few things on the list because "I'll remember." Ha! Getting old isn't fun, but it is sure funny.

Leann Sweeney said...

Such good advice and I see I have found some kindred spirits. Losing the list about where the list might be is well, embarrassing.

Dave Chaudoir said...

I gave up lists in 1985, which is roughly the same year I started to understand the exclusive meaning of a list and that it should never be taken seriously since it failed to include, oh I dunno, an Ewok Village or whatever the new Storm Trooper set was; no candy; no trips to Toys R Us. Shopping is a creative endeavor; lists stifle creativity. Finished, List!

Mare F said...

I am a list maker, but a poor one. I forget the list, I don't look at the list, I lose the list, I forget to write the main ingredient down on the list, and I change the list in the store. Really not much point to me writing a list, is there? LOL. I now shop the way that I clean my house...it all looks like a Family Circus kid going to the mailbox.

K. Spencer said...

I am a list maker as well. I have found, that to truly understand why we make a list is most helpful. One, because of memory loss, like you said and two, because it helps us know what to accomplish. Making a list, does not require that you finish it all, but rather it gives you direction and focus. lol. Something I need. I have found that I don't get it all done either, but I feel with the things, that I have got done, happy to have them done. Remember always to be spontaneous... the list will change, it has to change, and you will need to try to be flexible to keep up with it... Just like life, eh?

signlady217 said...

Grocery list, yes. Magnetic one hanging on the fridge with a pen, write down as things get used up, then go through house double-checking what else is needed, then at the store picking up the "extras" as you see them!

Shopping list(s) for specific project(s), yes. Don't want to forget how many yards of green fabric for this or large purple flowers for that.

Errands-to-run list, yes. Save gas by plotting a basic route, least amount of backtracking as possible.

Other lists, forget about it. Doesn't work for me.

Leann Sweeney said...

Some of you amaze me with your organizational. (and it's comforting to know some of you are just like me! LOL) Can a leopard like me change her spots? I keep trying.

Dru said...

I'm a list maker but I need a list to remind me to bring the list that I made. Luckily, at least so far, I've remembered what was on my short list.

Debra said...

The list is not my issue. It's Target and their advertising circular. So dangerous! I don't know how they can make a bottle of Fantastick look so compelling. I must love red and white or else it's that "subliminal seduction" thing ("Anyone remember that book on advertising?"Maybe it's because here in NYCity we have very few big box stores and Target is right nearby?
I agree with Vicki about shopping twice a month (we call it the Big Shop)instead of every week. Saves time,money and energy.

Vickie said...

You are not alone,sister! You should see my bucket of a bag I carry. I call it my Mom Bag...I am ready for almost any emergency, but boy howdy is it heavy. And trying to find things can be a trial.....
I keep two lists, one is the grocery list that gets added to as something on the 'bench stock' is getting low. The other list is the ongoing one I keep on my work computer to remind me of something that will need doing through the week.
Wednesday is grocery store flier day, we circle what we need to restock and is on sale. Sunday is go through the circular day. Target is my keeper flier and the coupons I clip.
We try to keep to the lists and fliers, but sometimes there are those "Oooooo" items...sigh....

Andrea C. said...

I love, love, love lists, but if it makes you feel better Leann, I always end up getting more than what is on my list (especially at Target and Petsmart, 2 of my favorite places). I am, however, a better shopper than my husband - he is not a list guy and always buys tons of useless "deals". So I guess, in the long run, a list does keep me sort of in check! :)

Kay said...

In all the years I've known you, I didn't know you didn't make lists. I make way too many lists, which might explain why I haven't written as many books as you have. For shopping lists, keep your list with your car keys (you do always keep the keys in the same place, don't you?). When you leave to go shopping, put the list in your pocket since you'll have to refer to it often. Simple - oh, I forgot about the rebellious part. Don't know how to cure that.

Leann Sweeney said...

Well, I know you make lists, Kay. That's because you're ORGANIZED. Unlike moi.

Manhattan Mandie said...

Wait, it's not normal to spend $130 at Target when you only need two things???? And I try to make a list and it's usually sitting on the table at home (next to all my coupons) when I get the the store! *sigh* I just with my husband that I need a wife to keep me on track :)

Leann Sweeney said...

I like the way you think, Mandie. So YES. It is normal to spend that much at Target--ANY TIME I WALK IN THE STORE!And yes, lists are made to sit on tables, until the cat eats them--or whatever happens to those missing lists.

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

I'm always making lists! I thought that was the way you actually got things done and were able to get what you needed at the stores! If I don't have a list, well, I end up spending a fortune and not getting what I went after. I run a lot of my errands on Saturday, so I have a list of items from each store, and then a list of where I'm going so that I don't have to backtrack and waste time and gas. Is that not normal???? And not remembering? I just tell myself it is because my big old brain is so full of important information that I can't remember the trivial stuff. I hope denial isn't a sign of old age and dottage.

Leann Sweeney said...

Carol, I think you are a lot more normal than I am!

Valerie Consoer said...

Oh gosh! Where to start? I am a list person myself. My hubby is the rebellious one who doesn't keeps lists. He likes to brag about the fact that he doesn't forget things that he needs to get at the store, but I live for the moments that I can prove him wrong. There are times that I forget a thing or two on the list and there are other times that I get more than what was on the list, so I figure it all balances out. Coupons are a wonderful thing, but when they're for a different quantity than what you usually get, it throws everything off. I usually get flustered in the middle of the store and lose my cool whenever someone gets in my way of getting what's on my list. I hate grocery shopping, but do love buying books on my "Must Have Now" list. Book shopping takes precendence over food. Although, to look at me would tell you otherwise.

Leann Sweeney said...

I completely understand the book priority! Maintain your system! :-)