I have $20 in my hand, and I refuse to buy shampoo, dish soap and toothpaste

When it comes to national big box discount stores, I strongly prefer Target over Wal-Mart for its better ethical practices and bigger selection. Wal-Mart, however, is down the road from me. Target is twenty minutes away. Yeah, it goes without saying that I shop at Wal-Mart more.

On a whim, I thought, “Huh, I wonder what $20 would buy me at Wal-Mart?” Ten minutes later, I found myself at Wal-Mart frantically going through the aisles trying to decide what to buy. I had decided to this without having a plan, to make it more difficult and interesting. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was I wanted to avoid being practical. I did buy a few practical items, but not really anything I needed. I wanted to avoid buying food, household supplies and other items I use on a daily basis. I did not want to buy vegetables, shampoo, laundry detergent and dish soap and call it a day. I wanted to have fun.

This is what I came up with for a little over $20. Yes, I went a touch over. Sue me.

Halloween Skull (With Movable Jaw) I knew I wanted to pick up something that’s Halloween related. There were three aisles full dedicated to Halloween, and I had my pick among cheaply made costumes, bad replicas of weapons and questionable makeup and face paint. I looked at the skull, and I was like, “Hmm, this seems like the safest choice;” plus, I’ve always wanted a skull. The movable jaw is pretty much useless for my needs but, hey, it’s a nice added feature.

Glade Room Freshener in Blue Odyssey At only $1, this was ridiculously cheap. I’m questioning the quality and how it was made but eh, it does its job.

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups It was a splurge but, eh, I wanted chocolate.

Pack of 24 Plastic Forks in Teal Although it might seem to be a waste, I like having a small supply of disposable utensils and plates for both emergency situations and when I feel lazy to do the dishes.

Santa Ornament I was expecting Wal-Mart to have a Christmas section. I didn’t expect it to be so large with several aisles. As I went through the ornament aisle, I was torn between this and a moose. Ultimately, I decided the moose was just not Christmas-y enough for me.

Coffee Nut M&Ms This was what sent me over $20. I was at the checkout line, I saw these and I had to have them because I am a sucker for new flavors of candy. Again, like with the Reese’s, it was a splurge but it was worth it for me to give it a try.

Pack of 10 Children’s Stencils I picked these up thinking I could used them for my mixed media projects. It probably won’t work out but, hey, they were only a dollar, and they’re fun and whimsical.

Green Decorative Gems They’re just something nice to display in a glass bowl.

Pack of 10 XL Fabric Bandages A nice addition for my makeshift first aid kit.

A Large Plastic Spork Um… I have no idea why I bought this. It was 50 cents, and I though, “Hmmm. This is cheap and fun. Sold.”

Clip-On Faux Blue Leaves This was another item I picked up in the ornament aisle. I just thought it was something fun but still Christmas-y.

Pack of Six 9×12 Kraft Envelopes Although practical, I have no idea what to do with these. I just figured I might need them at some point. I know. I know. The makings of a hoarder. Oh, wait…

Two Folders, One in Teal, One in Blue They’re just things to put various papers in. I’m boring, I know.

Overall, I like my purchases, and I’m pleased I bought a variety of items that are both fun and practical. No shampoo for me. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “I have $20 in my hand, and I refuse to buy shampoo, dish soap and toothpaste

  1. It’s amazing what you can do with $20 at the supermarket. Makes me think of some of my $20 lunches sometimes and how expensive they can be in comparison.

    You know I approve of the teal colour! I really like buying things in any sort of blue-green colour 😄 I have to admit, it’s a bit odd to me that you’d buy plastic cutlery for ease, and for not having to do the washing up! It’s not something I would think of but doing the washing up doesn’t bother me. I actually kind of enjoy it. 😆

    I have thought about doing a $5 challenge some time ago and trying to have fun with supermarket items or cooking, but I think I would probably end up buying rubbish!

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