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Adding it up: the receipt doesn't lie

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 1:46pm

It's amazing how quickly it adds up. I go into Walmart with a short list of items ranging from peanut butter to a picture frame. Shouldn't take long. Shouldn't cost much. Though I was pretty sure my $40 in cash wouldn't cover it. It never does.

And then it happens. As I walk through the store I see all the stuff on the shelves, and I begin to remember all the other items I need. Passing by the vitamins, I realize we're running low on echinacea. Going past the office supply section I remember my daughter asked for more ruled notebook paper. And so it goes.

None of my purchases was frivolous this day. None was truly expensive. They simply add up, one useful thing after another. Looking at the receipt somehow still fails to explain it - $5 here, $2 there... all of it less than $10 each. For a grand total of $82.79. Really? Why is it so hard to get out of Walmart without landing in the $100-range?

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