I’m always trying to find ways to cut down on bills and spending, and last summer I devised a brilliant plan of only going shopping every other week. I quickly got into that routine but wasn’t seeing much of an improvement, so I stretched it out to 3 weeks.
And you know, I was making some pretty good progress until November when I started constantly running to town for stuff for the upcoming holidays.
Well, I haven’t been back on track since. I did, however, have a successful 2 week stint at the end of December, but that all went crashing down on Monday with the realization that my youngest granddaughter has a birthday next week.
Need to run to town to pick up a card and presents. Not a big deal, I have a good idea of what the grandkids are into at the moment, so I figure I’ve got a ticket to Easytown. Unfortunately the road to Easytown has a couple of potholes.
Have you ever heard of Zhu Zhu Pets? The company that produces these things is pure evil. Not just tiny evil, but nasty evil. Mafia evil. (You’ll see why in a minute.)
But that aside, it is something that my grandkids are into, and who am I to judge. So being the wonderful grandma that I am, I bought an add-on toy to help her concur the Zhu Zhu universe. But looking at it, I discovered that it needed one important thing to go with it. Now, do you think that our particular Wally World would have the one important thing that would go with said add-on toy?
OK, no problem, I have my Amazon account, I’ll just hop on the computer when I get home, order one and it will be here by Wednesday to ship out on Thursday to make it to her by her birthday on Tuesday. Phew! Anybody else winded?
So the one important thing?
Zhu Zhu Babies. Yes, Babies.
Now, I must say that I was schooled a little bit on these things when I was scouring the site. There are also Zhu Zhu Hamster Babies, which are totally different. When I looked at the package of the present I bought, it definitely looked like it needed the regular babies (not hamster). Whatever, I just wanted to get the toy and be done with it.
But then I looked at the price. Holy crap! $12.99 for a microscopic piece of plastic? These guys sure saw me coming. But what choice did I have? I mean, it’s for my granddaughter for cripes sake. Without this “toy”, the rest of the present is missing something, and I can’t have that now can I.
So I licked my wounds and bought the silly thing and it will be here today so I can get it sent out in time to be loved by the little bug on her special day.
And that makes it all worthwhile.