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Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« on: January 01, 2016, 10:34:12 AM »
Although I do my best to avoid shopping malls and centers during the holidays, I had to run a few necessary errands. Since it was a few days after Christmas, I figured on avoiding crowds of people. Boy was I wrong. The suburban strip mall where my bank is located was PACKED to such an extent that whoever owns the property had hired a group of guys to direct traffic in the parking lot aisles. (At first I thought they were collecting money for a fundraiser.) Despite their efforts, some lady in a Mercedes almost backed her car into me (not once, but twice) while attempting to maneuver herself into a parking space.

What were all these people doing here? There is a grocery store at one end, but people didn't seem terribly interested in that. It seemed that the three eateries in the strip mall were doing the best business. I even saw a teenager riding a hoverboard up to the entrance of the most crowded restaurant. And everywhere I looked, people were sitting in their vehicles (mostly SUVs), bent over their phones with their motors idling.

I felt like an alien, and was never so happy to return home.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 03:36:15 PM »
In Australia its because it is the post Chrismas sales time (although these days often the pre-Christmas sales are better...).  Not sure on other countries.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 05:11:14 PM »
Everything will be better on Monday when the kids are back in school and the adults are back at work.

For milk, eggs, and produce, 8 AM is a good time to hit the supermarket.  I just ordered laundry detergent for the next 8-10 months on-line. Target had $15 off a $50 household supplies purchase coupon and the detergent was on sale. Used the Red card and saved $17 off the sale price for 5 bottles and it will appear at my door on Thursday, shipped free.  I don't need no stinkin' shopping mall...


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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 06:06:02 PM »
We haven't left the house for days now except for groceries and to drop off a box of goodies at Goodwill.

Our town is crowded in all the ways you described. Shopping and restaurants.

No thanks. ;)

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 05:56:25 AM »
Hiding out in the house is good - but now that we have snow, my rural farming neighbourhood is all snowmobiles - buzz buzz roar, front, back, everywhere.  Just going round and round.  All those fields are perfect.  I can hardly wait for Monday.  Do I sound stressed?

We haven't left the house for days now except for groceries and to drop off a box of goodies at Goodwill.

Our town is crowded in all the ways you described. Shopping and restaurants.

No thanks. ;)

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2016, 10:48:39 AM »
A little bit.  I feel the same way at the lake on a busy weekend with all the power boats.   One good thing about high gasoline prices was that it reduced the number of kids willing to fill up their powerboats and skidoos.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2016, 11:18:48 AM »
We go through cycles with teens in our neighborhood who bring out their dirt bikes and four wheelers and roar out of the neighborhood to a nearby farm ~1/2 mile away where they ride. The seniors in the neighborhood put up with it for a while and then call the cops so the problem is "self regulating". ;)

I can't say much though - my kids have a vintage scooter and go-cart - but they don't ride very often. Not nearly as loud as the ATVs and dirt bikes.

Yeah, high fuel prices did have a nice moderating effect didn't it?

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2016, 09:15:47 AM »
Now that gas is well below $1/l, it seems they have the green light.  It's not like they are actually going anywhere, just round and round and round.  I guess the wind in the face and the speed is fun . . .
Back to topic, I went grocery shopping yesterday and the parking lot was only half full, I guess life is back to normal.  So new complaint (my, I am off topic this week), medium hamburger was more expensive than a cheap roast.  Time to change menus or dig out my parents' old hand grinder.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2016, 09:33:55 AM »
Cheap gas is going to be "fun" when it disappears. I see folks making choices based on that cheap gas lasting. If it suddenly turns into $4 a gallon the evening news will be full of people being interviewed at the pumps stating "woe is me, I can't afford to drive to work in my 15 mpg vehicle". Some people seem to operate with about two weeks of forethought.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2016, 09:44:16 AM »
Yeah, there are huge after-Christmas/New Years sales.  People are out returning/exchanging items and using their gift cards.

Personally, I try my best to avoid the shopping malls before, during, and after Christmas -- as in, all year round.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2016, 10:08:34 AM »
Now that gas is well below $1/l, it seems they have the green light.  It's not like they are actually going anywhere, just round and round and round.  I guess the wind in the face and the speed is fun . . .

You're right...the cheap gas is a definite factor. The national news recently mentioned the gas prices, and the simultaneous uptick in SUV sales. Groan. What are those buyers going to do when the prices shoot up?

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2016, 01:49:53 PM »
most of it seems to be people returning all the crap people bought them for christmas.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2016, 12:29:18 PM »
most of it seems to be people returning all the crap people bought them for christmas.

Apparently that's a thing in some families: use credit to buy a crap ton of expensive, unnecessary junk, wrap it up to have something under the tree, open the gifts on the 25th, and take the majority of it back for a refund before the credit card bill comes due.

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Re: Avoiding shopping areas before, during, and now after Christmas
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2016, 09:48:28 AM »
Oh that is fun! Look at all the stuff we can't keep. Yay...

Maybe it is all about appearances.