22 Thoughts College Girls Have Spending Over $100 In TJ Maxx

22 Thoughts College Girls Have Spending Over $100 In TJ Maxx

We all go in just to "browse" and leave with more than we bargained for.

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TJ Maxx is one of those places that sucks you in, especially for us college girls who are constantly looks for new outfits and dorm decor.

I know I always go in thinking I'll do a quick look through and next thing you know I'm looking for a cart because my arms are full.

You know you're guilty of this too so let us laugh through all the painfully true thoughts we all have while we walk through the aisles (and spend our whole paychecks in the process) of the best store the world has to offer.

1. "I can never have enough mugs"

Valid point.

2. "$12.99??? Originally $64??? How could I NOT???"" 

What a steal.

3. I NEED this stuff

3 sweaters, 5 candles, 4 pairs of fuzzy socks AND a new bathrobe. Yea. Sure you do.

4. "Everything's on sale so really I'm saving money" 

Are you though?

5. "So many candles. I can't just get one" 

They all smell sooooo gooooddd, clearly we need 10.

6. "How is this bra only $3.99?? I'm buying 5."

Probably could have gotten away with just one.

7. "Oooo face masks" 

Why not?

8. "This painting will look great on my dorm wall"

Yea but what are you going to do with it after graduation???

9. "I should have brought my mom to stop me"

Nothing can save me now.

10. "This sweater was originally $200 but now it's 50 so it's worth it right?"

No. Probably not.

11. "This brand name make up is weirdly cheap" *throws in cart anyway*

Worth a try.

12. "Where can I put this pillow?" 

You can figure that out later.

13. "You can never have too many blankets" 

Facts.

14. "This toddler outfit is waaayyy too cute, who has a baby I can buy this for?" 

Put it back.

15. "A girl can never have too many notebooks/stationary sets"

Yes. Yes she can.

16. "How did this happen?"

You tell me.

17. "I should have gotten a cart"

Bad move.

18. "This box of chocolate says it's GOURMET. I'm so fancy. " 

*eye roll*

19. "All of this can't be more than like $50 right?" 

Can you even do math?

20. "I'll just put one thing back"

Like that makes a difference.

21. "I don't even want to check my bank account after this"

It's fine. We're fine. Everything's fine.

22. "Why does this always happen??" 

YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME.

Happy shopping everyone! May you find all the good deals and only hate yourself a tiny bit after you check out.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

Cover Image Credit: itsfilmedthere.com

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