The 10 Stages Of Holiday Shopping, As Told By 'Grey's Anatomy'

The 10 Stages Of Holiday Shopping, As Told By 'Grey's Anatomy'

Meredith Grey knows the deal.

We've all been there...

1. When you first see the list of all the people you have to buy for.

Y'know when you really can't find anything you just want to hit your head off the shelf? Yeah exactly what I'm talking about.

2. When you show up to the store and what you wanted to buy your bestie is sold out.

And then you die a little bit on the inside because you have literally no idea what to get now.

3. When you find the perfect gift for someone.

And suddenly you don't want to hit your head off a shelf anymore!

4. When you see something you like for someone but you like it too much so you contemplate buying it for yourself.

Guilty as charged.

5. When you see a whole rack of things but nothing looks appealing.

Yeahhhhhh time to head home.

6. When you find a gift so perfect for someone you never wanna let it out of your sight.

7. When you've been at the store way too long you know the employees by their names.

Yeahhhh it's time to go.

8. When you see something perfect but it's way too expensive.

9. When you realize you've been at the store for well over four hours.

10. When you finally finish.

Best feeling ever.

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Do Yourself A Favor, Shop At Aldi For These 5 reasons

Don't waste your money on expensive groceries, see what Aldi has to offer!

Let's be honest, I'm broke as a joke. Between rent, school and the occasional Target haul I can hardly afford to feed myself. Relatable, right? Groceries are so expensive!

You walk into the store with a plan in mind. Meals planned, list in hand, ready to go. But as you walk through the aisles on an empty stomach (terrible idea, btw), you get bamboozled by the catchy displays and pretty packaging.

New ideas for meals and snacks come to mind and bada-bing, bada-boom your receipt's a mile long and your bank account is sad. Not to mention, trying to eat healthily is even more expensive.

I've always been a fan of Dillon's Marketplace but it's kind of pricey and even Wal-Mart prices can be expensive! Recently, I've been switching it up, shopping at Aldi and loving it for more reasons than just a smaller grocery bill. Here are my top reasons everyone should shop at Aldi:

1. You can get in and get out.

Aldi stores are small. The store is set up so that as soon as you walk in, you're on an aisle. You weave your way through four of five aisles, skipping over some if you want, and you're done. Also, the checkout process is super speedy. You bag your own groceries which, to me, seems to go faster. A trip to Aldi is simple and easy!

2. Aldi covers the basics.

For basics like milk, eggs, bread, pasta and more, Aldi should be the go-to. These items will meet your quality standards at a low price. I purchased all of these basics for less than a dollar each. #frugal

3. It's easy to buy healthy!

Aldi has a great selection of healthy items and diet alternatives. Going gluten-free? Vegan? Cutting down on carbs? Strictly organic? Aldi has products for you to choose from! I've given the gluten-free pasta a try and it's fantastic!

4. Aldi practices sustainability.

Most grocery stores give you the option to use your own reusable shopping bags. At Aldi it's not an option, it's a requirement. If you don't bring reusable bags you'll have to either buy some (six cents per bag) or carry your items out on your own. There is no use of disposable, plastic bags at Aldi. It's a common practice for customers to grab empty boxes throughout the store to carry their items home in.

5. If I haven't made this clear... it's cheap.

Seriously... if for no other reason, you'll save some serious dough! My last bill at Aldi was $46 for about two weeks worth of food! This included produce, two pounds of chicken, two pounds of ground turkey, pasta, snacks (Aldi is a snack haven), oatmeal, eggs and so much more!

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Online Shopping A Peek Behind The Curtain

In the world of free will and freedom to choose us, as a society, seem willing to give up our freedom of choice for perceived convenience in the guise of saving time.

Growing up we went to the mall. It was our go-to for all of our basic needs. We would shop at Sears or J.C. Penney’s for our clothes and household goods. If we wanted a card, we would stop at Hallmark. As we got older, if we wanted something “racy” we would try to sneak into Spencer’s. Coming from a less than the middle-class background, we would look into Macy’s or Nordstrom’s with awe and wonder, but knew we shouldn’t go in, couldn’t afford to even look. We didn’t fit, didn’t belong.

It was in my teen years, and into my twenties that I started to notice a change. The malls were dying. I worked many part-time jobs at the mall in high school. But there were two malls in the area. One we had dubbed “Silver City.” For some reason, I didn’t know then and looking back now, it was probably the economy going to hell… The stores started closing one by one. Teenagers didn’t really hang out there anymore; we left it for the retirees, thus the name “Silver City.”

In my early twenties, I got married, started to raise a family and the hangout spots we had when we were dating started to die. One by one the stores closed, leaving expanses of empty strip malls. Jobs started to be hard to come by. The internet was coming into existence, but online shopping was still an obscure concept. Even when it started to become mainstream, I resisted, I knew that every dollar I spent not around the corner at my local retail store was one more nail in the coffin on the store, the strip mall, and the city I lived in.

I think we’ve reached the tipping point. Retailers are giving in to the change that has been building gradually. I have noticed the subtle steering of customers to the online platforms. I am starting to get the feeling that retailers see the online experience as a way to control shoppers. Online shopping reduces the uncontrollable variables and creates a more quantifiable, predictable shopping pattern.

By mapping the consumer's options and strategically controlling the click patterns, retailers are able to predict and control to a better degree what the consumer will purchase and when. This gives the retailer better control over their purchasing needs to supply the demand. This also gives greater control over the staffing needs as they can adjust the promised delivery times to account for an ebb or flow in demand.

What does this mean for our local retailers? What does this mean for the next generation looking for, hoping for, their first job, and their first opportunity to break into the workforce? What can we, what will we turn the empty strip malls into next? Will these go the way of “Silver City,” where hopelessness and despair are the order of business?

In the world of free will and freedom to choose us, as a society, seem willing to give up our freedom of choice for perceived convenience in the guise of saving time. When the reality of the situation is, this will tie us to the computer screen longer; reduce our interactions with the randomness found IRL. I personally think this randomness adds another layer to our collective humanity. It would be a shame if we so easily and willingly gave this up.

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