Jennifer Derrick: Stores are designed to separate me from money
Jennifer Derrick has this post at Personal Finance Advice: Stores – Machines designed to separate me from my money.
When we walked into the store, my first thought was, literally, “Holy Crap,” with an emphasis on the crap. I’ve been to WalMart many times in my life and, before I became more frugal and environmentally conscious, was a regular shopper there. But over the years I’ve gotten to where I go there maybe four times per year. The place shouldn’t have surprised me the way it did, but after having been away from civilization for so long, I saw it with fresh eyes.
“Please, let’s not stay in here too long,” I told my husband.
“You got that right,” he said, obviously feeling as overwhelmed as I was.
I had that overwhelmed consumer feeling the last time I went to Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. Yes, I do shop from time to time at Frenchtown Square mall or Westfield Shoppingtown Franklin Park in Toledo — but on those occasions, I go directly to a particular store and leave.
Our visit to Twelve Oaks in November was a traditional “malling” stroll with food court dinner to entertain a college-age visitor. She enjoyed the first couple of fashion boutiques while she I discussed clothing trends among our different age groups. But she got overwhelmed very quickly with the crowds, music and constant barrage for visual attention. And my husband and I didn’t have much fun looking at stuff we liked but couldn’t afford.
So we headed for the food court, had fun eating dinner food we don’t normally get … and drove home.