What had promised to be an ordinary boring Wednesday of work and house work turned to chaos this morning just after 6:00am when I fell in the bath tub. I guess I fell in the best way possible because my shoulder hit the tile soap dish and broke the fall before my head hit the tiles. If my head had hit first it would have been very serious.
I am alright. Nothing is broken. Headache and a lot of very sore spots and the bruises are just starting to show. Nothing is broken and I do not have a concussion. I still had to go to work.
I bought a Rubbermaid bath mat after work tonight on the advice of my cousin. I cannot afford to fall or get hurt or miss any work and I now have 550 suction cups lining my bath and protecting me from a broken hip or worse. Single people with debt and no emergency funds cannot afford to get hurt.
I do not enjoy shopping and a trip to Wal-Mart is not on my list of fun places to visit. Wal-Mart is actually on my list of bad places that I try to avoid. The dentist and the stinky olive bar at the grocery store are 2 other places that I try to avoid. The place was full of shoppers and every one was buying lots of everything. I did not expect a Wednesday night to be so busy because most people get paid on Thursdays or Fridays and it is not the end of the month when all of the different government cheques (pensions, welfare, disability) arrive.
There must have been a sale on storage containers because lots of people had them in their hands and in and under their carts. One man had the storage container in the cart with the lid off and his kid was sitting in it. People should get rid of stuff instead of buying more containers to organize it.
I only had enough money, $17 plus tax, for the tub mat but I like to compare prices if I am in a store I don’t frequent. I know several people who spend a lot of their grocery dollars at Wal-Mart every week and I wanted to see what was so great. I looked in all of the grocery aisles and I couldn’t find any food deals that were better than the 2 discount grocery stores that I frequent. I found a lot of the meats, breads and fruits to be more expensive but I found big savings in 2 other departments. Frozen processed meals and candy were much less expensive than other stores.
In the frozen food aisle there were lots of Wal-Mart brand individual microwave meals for $0.99. There were family sized portions of the same sorts of pastas and pizzas for $4.99 and $5.99. These were the every day prices and not sale prices. If you only care about price and speed of preparation then frozen Wal-Mart meals are for you. If it doesn’t bother you that your meals have very little nutritional value, are full of salt, fat, white flour and lots of ingredients that only a chemist could decipher then frozen Wal-Mart meals are for you.
The other big deals were in the candy department. If you need a cheap sugar high then head to Wal-Mart. Options of sweet or sour or chocolate at price points of $1.00 and $2.00 and $3.00 in long rows. The top 2 food bargains at Wal-Mart were for unhealthy foods.
The candy is priced the same way the meat is priced. The meat is priced in round numbers – $5.00, $10.00, $20.00. No 99 at the end of every price. All of the frozen items had prices that ended in 99 but the meat and candy prices did not. I have no experience in marketing but there must be some reason for this. I would assume that Wal-Mart employs large teams of marketers and behaviour specialists who decide to move a price down a penny to $4.99 and to raise some prices by a penny to $5.00. Wal-Mart posted profits of $15.7 billion in 2012 so they must know what they are doing with their pricing strategies.
I do not contribute very much to the Wal-Mart profit because I visit the store close to me only once or twice a year. That will continue because I did not find any great bargains. The new bath mat should last a few years so I won’t be rushing back.
In my last post entitled Do You Remember The Bills You Have To Pay ( http://solvingthemoneypuzzle.com/2013/09/16/do-you-remember-the-bills-you-have-to-pay-money-quickies-for-september-16-2013/) I thought I would try something clever and hide song lyrics from a certain 70s and 80s pop star in the titles of each section of the post. I also gave little hints in the photos connected with the post. I thought the cat at the beginning of the post was a spitting image of the artist in question. I was obviously too subtle in all of my hints and clues because no one noticed. My oldest son just thought that the title and subtitles were odd. I will consider it a failed attempt at clever humour. I may try again.
September 18, 2013 debt total $13,519.38.