After a rather hetic weekend I decided to top it off by starting some Christmas shopping this morning. I had a plan : Walmart 9a.m/Southridge 10 a.m-12:30 ish and home by 1 to take a little nap before my 5pm to 5am shift today. Walmart went as planned. I whisked through the store without incident and right through the check-out. I was shocked that there were three open lanes with no one waiting. Three cashiers standing at the front of their checkout lanes calling customers over. I should have seen who would give the largest discount if I came to their lane. I left Walmart at 9:50 and made my way to Southridge. This had to be carefully planned out as I had several stores to go into. I managed to get a parking spot right outside of Penneys. This store was my biggest holdup. I had all my purchases on the upper level made within 1/2 hour. Let's add the time on the checkout, with no one in front of me (15 minutes). I wanted to scream, but kept my cheery composure. Took two large bags out to my car and went back in. Lower level at the same store. Ten minutes for selections-18 minutes on the checkout. Two people in front of me. Off to Hallmark-no problem. On to Vickies- no problem except for the saleswomen that wanted to sell me some stupid gift box for $10.00. Kohls, in and out, no problem. I saved the store I knew would take the longest for last as it's a collectibles store. If the woman would have taken every number off every item I wanted and went to the back room all at once it would have made sense. She got the picture after her second trip back.
This brings me to 12:30. Still not bad. I made one last quick stop at Quality Candy to purchase this years MACCStar.I suggest this to anyone looking for a small gift for someone. It's for a worthy cause and they're only $10.00. To sum it all up I was home 20 minutes later than I planned. (might have been that stop at McDonalds). Now, if I were a secret shopper I would have to rate Penney's the lowest on my scale of shopping today. The cashiers and not friendly and are very slow. I would have to rate Quality Candy (I'm not being partial toward A's work) the highest as the ladies were friendly and gave me a chocolate covered pretzel.
I have no plan of going near any store on Friday. I may drag the hubbie to finish some things up on Sunday.