Sneaky ways to avoid an argument
I'm not proud of this.¬† I have fake grocery bags.
My husband¬†is boycotting a¬†particular big-box store after watching an expose movie on the company.¬† As his wife, I¬†would like to support his cause.¬† To an extent, I agree with him, and try to shop at locally-owned stores when I can.¬† But, I'm¬†not rich, nor a "Real Housewife" of NEPA.¬† I don't have the money nor the time to drive all over creation for household shopping.¬†
Then again, I also don't have the patience to argue over where I buy¬†detergent.
Occasionally, I break down and shop at this forbidden consumer mecca. Maybe it's the fact that I know I'm doing something dishonest that makes me go wild in this store.¬† I hit every¬†aisle:¬† groceries, cards, sports gear, automotive ... and pull things off the shelf like I'm entered in a shopping spree!¬†¬† The grand prize¬†is secretly knowing Ethan¬†is going to happily lick his fingers after a satisfying meal that I got at a great price.
Still, no matter how much I try to convince Ethan the¬†necessity of my "mega shopping," ¬†I'm always crushed by his look of disappointment.¬†¬† Instead of giving up, I got creative.
...cue the prop bags.¬† (My single friends¬†call it:¬† Pathetic Marital Creativity.)
If I want to buy a sports bra and a gallon of milk from the same store because it will save me time AND money, so be it. I have found a way to make us both happy.¬†¬†¬†I transfer my¬†mega mecca¬†goodness into different grocery bags.¬† Is it cheating?¬† Maybe.¬† Is it avoiding an unnecessary argument?¬† Absolutely.