In all the years since I’ve been a mother (Since 1991), I have NEVER seen the Halloween costumes continue to sit on the shelves like they are this year.  Normally ten days prior to Halloween at my local discount department store, there is absolutely nothing left but the really ridiculous “No-Way, Are-You-Kidding-Costumes.”  This year is different, very different, and not in a good way.   Every single costume aisle is still fully stocked with every costume choice carried by the chain.  There weren’t the customary pieces of this or that costume lying about — EVERYTHING was still there, still attached, still in pristine condition for us, the consumer, to pick and choose from — the problem is that we’re not purchsing anything except the essentials.  At the checkout lines I only saw people purchasing clothes and food.  Is it my imagination, or are we turning into a no-frills, no-extras, just-the-essentials nation?  How about you?  Are you buying things, shopping, and getting what you want instead of just what you need?  Or are you following suit and purchasing just the essentials and saving for the rainy days you anticipate, like everyone else?


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Hospice Chaplain and Life Coach Associate Clinical Chaplaincy Certification February 2015. Proficient Life Coach Certification December 2010.
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