Went home and my daughter and oldest son took a little drive over to the town of Griffin about twenty miles away. There's a mill store called The Sock Shoppe I go to about twice a year. It's been open since 1936. My own mother shopped there when I was just a kid. Back then they only sold towels, wash cloths, socks and underwear at whole sale prices. Today they sell everything under the sun. I was down to one bra without rips and holes and the lost boys needed some boxers and socks. Tim needed some tee shirts so we made the trek. It's well worth the drive. Name brand at almost half price. Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, Maidenform, Cannon, you name it. Everybody got a new supply of underwear, socks and tee shirts and I got several pair of new tights for work. Bought Massey a new hoodie and some work out shorts. You save a ton of money there. The large oversized Cannon bath towels sell for $3.99. A bundle of ten wash cloths will set you back $2.99.
Unfortunately I'm on a tight budget but if you got it to spend could go crazy there. They now sell jeans, sweaters, name brand shoes and sandals, jewelry, Izod apparel and about every other brand you can think of.
I always head for the "Irregular" racks (even cheaper) especially where underwear is concerned. As long as they have a waist opening and two leg holes, I'm good. It's not like someone is going to know you are wearing undies with a slight defect unless you are taking your clothes off in front of them and they happen to be an underwear expert, fanatic or freak.
The total bill was $120.00 but would have cost me over $200.00 retail. That's a pretty good savings for a years supply for a family of five. My oldest, TJ surprised me by kicking in fifty bucks when I went to give the cashier my debit card. It made my heart sing.
I decided to take them both to lunch...still in the little town of Griffin. There's a great drive-in with the best slaw dogs and hamburgers right down the street that one of my high school friends turned me onto.
Came home and got ready for work. The day could not have been more spectacular. Sun shining bright and a balmy seventy degrees.
Work beat me down. Busy as a bee hive. Didn't stop running for eight hours but came home well compensated and bone tired.
I'm getting old but I'm getting smarter. Lots of trial and error along the way but stronger for it.
For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness or in health...til death do us part.