11.28.2007

GETTING OVER MY PRIDE

Before I quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom and cut our income in half (your welcome, Erik), I had certain things I insisted on, such as never buying clothes at Wal-mart and a real Christmas tree. Then I stopped receiving a paycheck and reality set in. I'm now beginning to realize how prideful I was about stupid things that don't matter and could really save us a lot of money.

I don't know how Wal-mart is where you live, but every Wal-mart I have ever been to in California has been N-A-S-T-Y. It is the last place you would ever want to buy clothes or groceries. (This is very different from when we lived in Provo and bought all sorts of groceries from the semi-clean Wal-mart there.) Well, I broke cardinal rule #1 last month when I found a pair of Wal-mart yoga pants that cost $10 cheaper than it's Target equivalent and realized that its all in my head. What makes Target better? Is it cleaner? Are red and beige more pleasing to the eye? They have trendy designers? I still love Target, but admittedly, Wal-mart is cheaper. Will I tell people when I buy my clothes there? Hmmmm, not sure yet.

The other thing I swore never to do was have a fake Christmas tree. They seem so plastic and kitschy. Then a few months ago my grandfather insisted we take his. I was torn because I detest artificial trees, but I like saving $50. My practical side won out and honestly, it's not too bad. If you spray a little Pine-sol, it almost feels like a real tree. Now that I think about it, I really am grateful for the tree since it means one less Christmas expense.

While I am on the topic of Christmas trees, let me just say that the inventor of the Christmas tree obviously never had a toddler. This is only day two of our first "Babyproofing Christmas" and we're already down 4 ornaments, at least. We hung all the breakable ones (which is 95% of the ornaments) up high, and yesterday I went to the dollar store looking for unbreakable things to decorate the lower half. Although, just because they don't break doesn't mean they'll stay on the tree. I'm finding ornaments all over the house now... our closet... a corner of Luke's room. That boy gets around!

15 comments:

  1. Wal-Mart???!!! Cristin, wal-mart is not the same as Target. Wal-mart is the same as K-Mart! Target is a much high quality product. First off, the quality of the material found at walmart is about the equivalance to a pair of sheets that are 50 thread count and their sizes are way off. Its almost like they assume everyone who will be wearing their clothes is overweight. Yoga pants are forgiveable, but please don't start buying those blouse tops with the sweater vests sewn on to them any time soon.
    love,
    kelley

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  2. We haven't caved in and bought a fake tree yet, but the pine sol idea made me laugh! It really is the scent that makes me go back to the real thing year after year. But every time I have to spend ten minutes looking for a branch strong enough to support the heavier ornaments, I think about how nice a fake tree would be... See? There are good things about going fake. :-)

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  3. I come from a family where real trees were the only ones allowed in the home. However, since we live in my husband's family's home, we have access to a beautiful 7 foot artificial tree. I hate artificial trees, but this one was made very well. It is very full, and has a natural color, and doesn't look plastic. I set it up for the first time last year, and as much as I crave the scent of a real tree, I think I am going to give in again to the artificial tree. Grr, well, at least I know I can burn pine scented candles and/or spray pinesol. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. (caitlin) we dont even ave ornaments yet and yes our tree is from walmart, zacg suprised me with it last year.. Im lucky that Jonah can only look at the tree this year.I hate walmart.. I complain everytime I go there.. and I go there every week.

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  5. Go figure why I can't find the Laptop mouse or my Ipod. That's it no more kids...

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  6. I don't know that I've ever bought ME clothes at Walmart. But I have bought my kids' clothing there. And I do shop there for a lot of other things. But I don't shop there at night and I don't shop there on weekends. If a Target/Walmart trip needs to happen on a night/weekend, I go to Target. Walmart just attracts a different set of people. Which is interesting because in our town, Walmart and Target are literally kitty korner across the street from each other.

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  7. I think I must be crazy cause I love fake trees....yes I will admit it. Our second Christmas we had an incident with sap on our carpet that wouldn't come up and Greg and I immediately went shopping for a fake one. We found one for 75% off and have loved it ever since. I think its cause my tree looks perfect cause I can bend the branches how I want them....and also the putting up and taking down is so nice. Also if you don't like pinesol you can put a basket of pinecones near the tree and it smells about the same. As for Walmart...I have a love hate relationship with that place. When we lived an hour outside of Sac it was the only place to shop within a half hour so I did ALL my shopping there. I have found that #1 you have to overlook the yucky people or you won't get past the door and #2 you have to be picky when you shop there. But in a good way you are saving a LOT of money and the kids clothes are actually not as bad as people would think....they have Carters brand there as well as Cherokee and even their generic brand isn't bad. Its not the same as Target but it sure is cheap!

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  8. I use a candle to get the scent of a real tree. I've even had people ask me if it's real because of my candle. I guess I just don't want to deal with the maintenance of a real tree right now.

    Oh, and Wal-Mart and K-Mart are where I have to buy clothes unless I have an influx of money or somebody else is buying. Luckily, we've been getting so many second-hand clothes for Jackson lately, otherwise, he'd be wearing all sorts of Wal-Mart clothes.

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  9. I hate Wal-mart. I tried to go there a month ago to buy this stupid bread maker that no one else makes,and I left empty handed. That place sucks. It makes me in a bad mood to have to shop there. I have Target 2 minutes from my house and if I shop their sales I can get things for the same price/cheaper than Wal-mart. :). I don't care if someone buys stuff from Wal-mart, but I just don't shop there b/c I hate the degenerates that go there.

    We have a fake tree (we do the christmas tree scented candles) b/c it was given to us...and to make matters worse it's pre-lit with colored lights! Gasp! I swore I'd never do colored lights, but then Zach entered law school and we were given a fake tree...and the rest is history. Oh yeah, and my mother-in-law gives the kids an ornament every year and they're TACKY...this year Hayden got batman and Owen got Lightning McQueen. We are the tacky family now, but hey...at least we don't shop at Wal-mart ;)

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  10. as much I do love Target, (and it's true that nowdays EVERYONE loves their clothes and will happily admit to wearing them) Wal Mart IS cheaper. I bought a cd player from Target because I was there, and then found the same one at Wal Mart cheaper. The Wal Marts in Mesa are nice, well maybe thats because its only 2 months old.

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  11. kelley: WAL MART AND K MART ARE NOT THE SAME!! k mart is worse

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  12. How funny! My heart about broke yesterday as I bought our first fake Christmas tree. I'm grateful for all the positives mentioned because now I can think of the good side to having a fake Christmas tree. I was actually trying to think of positives as I was putting it up yesterday. It took me 2 hours to put it up, and I bought a bigger one than I should have (not lighted because it was cheaper). I looked for the one that seemed most real. I am DEEP rooted in the traditions of real Christmas trees, but I love my husband more and his allergies are REALLY bad right now. So, I'll admire my 7-foot tree and be grateful that the branches are strong and I don't have the pine needles to deal with or the sap. Really, it is beautiful. And it's the idea of the tree that's most important. Besides, I'm saving our forests, right? :-)

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  14. Cristin, you already know how I feel about Target. I stopped buying clothes at Target a while back. I do still occasionally check out the shoes. I buy most of my clothes at WalMart and I love it. They have some really cute stuff now that they are trying to be more like Target. Remember, it was that long ago Target wasn't that trendy before they got Isaac Mizrahi and a couple other "fashion designers". I love my WalMart clothes and if I change my mind, I can easily take them back. Target just isn't worth it to me. Our Walmart isn't that bad either. Or I just don't notice anymore. Down with Target!!! Down with Target!!!

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  15. There are some nice fake trees, but I do prefer the real onces that smell to pretty. To get the smell you could get some branches and put it on a mantel or a wreath. It's a lot cheaper and will last through the holiday.

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