Thursday ~ time for Koffee Klatch with a poll

What type of shopper are you?
. I want it ALL, I buy it ALL, I could live at the MALL…besides you can always take it back. - 13.3%
I’d rather shop online. Malls are not places for me. - 13.3%
I’m organized…done Christmas shopping by the 4th of July with everything wrapped and tucked into the back of my closet. - 6.7%
I have a grocery list of what I need for a month and that’s what I buy…mostly. Shopping’s not my favorite thing but I can get it done. - 20.0%
I get to the store, don’t use a list but I know I’ll remember, grab what I need plus a treat of two. When I get to the checkout and disaster time! - 20.0%
Pass. I’d rather watch fungus grow on my guppy. - 26.7%

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   Posted 11/19/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and hope your day is going great! Koffee Klatch today is a poll and comments to follow. Answer the poll, then post your comments as usual. It will be fun to see our results. The topic is shopping and what type of shopper you are. So here's the poll and my response.

Mostly I grocery shop because I have to. I Christmas shop online because I hate stores. I fun shop with hubby on vacation.

Short and sweet and that's not a personal comment. smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 11/19/2009 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
If I could buy groceries online I would. I'd even pay a delivery fee.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I would never enter another store as long as I live if I could. On line is saving me b/c I hate malls with a passion. HATE shopping. I can zoom in and out of a store in record time. Hubby gladly does the grocery shopping even working as hard as he does. BUT today I am off to get all the Thanksgiving things that are not fresh. Don't talk to me!!!

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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't love shopping, but it's not the worst thing in the world for me. We only have one car and live well out of "town", so sometimes the grocery store is the only time I get to go to an actual place, if that makes sense. I don't like the crowds, I'm a very small person and I get knocked all over the place. If I take too long my back will feel like it;s breaking in two, but....I do enjoy seeing other people's faces and a change in pace/scenery. Not to mention I love going by the bakery and smelling the bread (even though I don't like eating bread lol, it still smells so good). I like shopping a lot more when it's for gifts for my loved ones though. If it's shopping for clothes or something for myself then I can't get done fast enough. I hate trying on stuff and deciding what matches what.
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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   

I'd sooner set myself on fire...oh yeah, done that.  Or eat fiberglass...forgot...I've done that too. (I was very young but do you know a wad of insulation looks like cotton candy?)  Okay...I'd rather be pulled down a gravel road tied to the back of a Jeep with a rope.


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   Posted 11/19/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I grocery shop without a list, yes I do forget things. Lately, I don't plan my meals until I
am at the store. I am the one aimlessly walking down the aisle or standing in front of the
meat counter trying to make a decision. Somehow a meal does appear on our dining
room table. I have created new recipes by randomly choosing food items and throwing
them together,surprisingly they are quite tasty.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh shopping, my favorite sport. smilewinkgrin I live in a small town and Walmart is about all I have here so when I get a chance to go to one of the cities around us to shop it is like heaven to me. I guess I like to browse shop cause when it comes to trying to find specific things I need and can't it is frustrating, went on one of those trips yesterday and came home with very little I could find that I needed.
I do very little grocery shopping my hubby took that over a few years ago which was fine with me cause I hated it.
If my children ever get Christmas list for the grandchildren to me I may do most of that online.
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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Shopping is one of my favorite hobbies LOL I often make a list but forget it at home but meals are usually fairly 'normal' as I try to keep my kitchen and freezer stocked because I know my hit and miss memory. Though when I'm in a flare (like the last 2 wks) dinner is a TV dinner and lunch is a sandwich for my husband and son, food is the last thing on my mind LOL My husband hates it when I shop in a flare as I spend about twice as much as normal, though he does like to eat whatever I pick up. He sent me to get him some Mt Dew and I came home with a Snuggie after hearing me rave about it for 2 days he decided he needed his own (now our son wants one too) so maybe it's not such a bad thing I can be so dingy when shopping. Oh, and my husband has also said he doesn't mind my Sims games, as he'd rather spend $40 on the game and let me shop on it to my hearts content rather than go bankrupt from my shopping LOL LOL

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   Posted 11/19/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always hated shopping. I shop online some, and I go to stores when it is absolutely necessary. Diane
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   Posted 11/19/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I really loved to do the shopping for our household but since my pain started getting worse, my DH has been doing all the shopping. I really have to bite my lip alot of times because most of the time he doesn't buy the type or brand that we normally use. I just accept it and move on because if he wasn't doing the shopping, I would have to do it and it would kill my muscles for days!
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   Posted 11/19/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I so do not enjoy shopping as I once did.  I only go for what I have to and may occasionally browse.  If I can get it online I will.  Groceries are the worst for me.  It is so draining.  I have gotten almost all of my Christmas shopping done online this year.  There are a few things I will have to go to the mall for and I loathe the mall.  I can't believe when I was young my friends and I use to actually "hang out" at the mall, my how things change......

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   Posted 11/19/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yrs back before I got married, I worked in the mall. Now, I never go there. I do the groceries w/ one of my children each wk. I make a list based on what I have left in the house and what I hope I will feel up to cooking that wk. My children write up the downstairs fridge list for me. I used to enjoy Christmas shopping when I was younger, but I can't stand on the lines and I can't take the confusion of all the ppl. My children are adults, so I don't have to buy toys anymore. They make a list, at my request, of things they would like and my DH and I see what we can do to get at least  two or so. My DD showed me how to do shopping at and I'm quite happy w/ that method. I can get just about all the things for my crew that way.
I used to be the person who had all the holiday shopping done by the end of Aug, now I'm happy if it is bought and wrapped by Dec 20!
I used to like to window shop, now, not so much. I really, really have to be in the mood for it. I hate shopping for clothes or shoes. My DH and DD think that is the greatest thing in the world. Boring!! If I'm looking for shoes, my current pair is on the way out.
I get very overheated and sick to my stomach if I'm standing in one place for too long. The lines and the pushing crowds just make matters worse, esp during the holidays. Get in, get out, get it over! How sad!!
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
The "Born to Shop" bumper sticker was created for people like me. I have a gift that sometimes a store will
"call" my name and when I get there I'll get bargins galore. This week I got size 24 jeans with belts from a
mall in Syracuse for $2.97! I spent $40 and saved $300. My kind of Christmas shopping. I like clearance
racks and do most of my donation shopping from them. One year I was at a JC Pennys and had about
10' of counter covered with clearance items to be donated at Christmas to charity. I've been doing this
for around 13 years or so.
I only do serious grocery shopping once a month at Ft Drum as it's worth the drive. We usually spend all
day at it. First breakfast out, hit the highway, go to the PX, grocery shop, hit the mall if needed,
lupper (lunch & supper) at Cracker Barrel and then home at some ungodly hour.
I have most of my X-mas shopping done by July and sorted in bins by household in my closet. Now all I
have to do is wrap them all.  Of course, it always requires losing about 4 or 5 rolls of scotch tape in
the process.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
We are those crazy people you see on TV every year camped out in front of Best Buy on Thanksgiving. In our area, you have to start camping out on Wednesday to be sure you'll get the "Doorbuster" deals. Then, I take the rest of the week to recover. But at least most of my holiday shopping is finished.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Shopping makes me tired! Ugh. All the lights. the people. the crowds. Babies screaming. Teenagers bumping into me.Even grocery shopping. The Trader Joe's I go to is SO SMALL and its also PACKED and if I go in in a good mood, I leave irritated as hell. Not to mention the Catholic guilt I feel every time I spend money.
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