Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Shopping Habits Of Women
For the entirety of our marriage we have had a basic agreement; we confer on big purchases such as cars, big electronics, furniture, major appliances etc. Beyond that we both buy what we want. We don't question each others purchases. I don't question her clothes, purse and shoe buying; she doesn't question the packages arriving from old car parts suppliers and Amazon.
The other day her Macy's bill arrived. Usually after reviewing it she hands it to me, I write the due date on the outer envelope and put it in with other bills waiting to be paid. When the time comes to pay it I just look at the total, go to our bank's website and pay the bill. I never have looked at the itemized portion. I really don't care.
I don't know why, but this time I actually looked at the bill. Now I know that Mrs. Grumpy works within a 10 minute drive of a Macy's and often goes there on her lunch hour. Looking at the itemized bill, it would seem she goes to Macy's instead of eating lunch. That's fine with me, it's her lunch time. But what stood out in the last billing period is that there were 15 charges and 13 credits. Buy a purse, return it the next day,; buy a blouse, return it the next day; buy shoes, return them the next day. There were a couple hundred dollars in charges and nearly that in returns. In the end she only owed Macy's $67.32.
I had to know what caused this madness, so I asked. Her answer? "Sometimes I buy something and then decide I don't like it or don't need it, so I take it back." I can probably count on two hands the number of items I have returned to stores in my entire lifetime; she returned 13 items at one store in one billing cycle.
I continue to be baffled by women.