In so many fucking ways, really.
Running errands at the mall is bad enough. Running errands at the Mall of America is damn near excruciating. However, Hugedale (as my uncle likes to call it) is right across the street from the office. And in the interest of saving gas, it's my best option.
After the Mall of America, I ventured to SuperTarget up the road. This is where it got ridiculous. It used to be that I could run into Target for toothpaste and I'd come out having spent $50, all in the matter of 10 minutes. Now, it takes me an hour to spend nearly $100. On necessities.
It's so time consuming. Not only do I have to scour food labels for calories, fat, fiber content and high fructose corn syrup, now I have to try to figure out which option gives me the best bang for my buck.
Do I have a coupon for that? More importantly -- is it with me?
That brand is on sale, but is it cheaper than the store brand?
What's the unit price on this brand versus that brand?
How much does this cost at Rainbow? What about Trader Joe's?
This is really feeling like the kind of thing that requires some study. Perhaps a spreadsheet is called for. Man, I can make any activity an exercise in obsessive planning if I really put my mind to it.
In other shopping-related news, I totally saw Sven Sundgaard at Trader Joe's tonight (yeah, I totally went to TJ's after going to SuperTarget. Lame). He is the tiniest thing. It's unreal.
This week, I've been carded twice at Trader Joe's. Tonight it was the guy who flirts with me every time I see him. Why on Earth would he be carding me tonight? Meh.