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.