Have you ever bought a product at the grocery store, gotten it home, and then been very disappointed in the performance of it? I tend to be pretty loyal to brands once I’ve found something that I like. But occasionally, for various reasons, I’ll take a gamble on trying something new. The reasons that I do this vary but it’s usually because the brand that I normally buy is unavailable, there is a fantastic sale on an unfamiliar brand, or I may be feeling particularly adventurous that day. Sometimes it leads to a great new discovery and sometimes it leads to me begrudgingly using said product until it’s all gone. You see I’m a little stubborn and somewhat frugal. It goes against my nature to simply throw away something that I don’t like so I force myself to suffer through using an inferior product while making a vow to NEVER buy that item again.
Usually it’s some kind of food item that just doesn’t live up to the promises on the package. It’s easy to remember those products because your sense of taste is involved. It’s makes a pretty good imprint on your brain when you eat something yucky. You can easily remember to never go there again.
One time I bought a store brand of facial tissue with lotion. You know the kind that you look for when you have a cold and your nose gets chapped from all the blowing? The tissue with lotion is softer and causes less chapping so it’s good. It seems simple enough. I mean, how can they mess that up? Well this store brand that I bought left a residue when you used it. It left traces of tissue all over your face and in your nose. Gross! I had to constantly do a nose check after I used the tissue because it made me look like I had a booger! The problem is, I can’t remember which store brand of tissue it was. So now I stick to good ole Kleenex or Puffs brand. I do not want to risk boogie face again!
So this brings me to my latest bad choice……. trash bags. I bought a store brand of kitchen trash bags that have to be the worst trash bags ever invented in the history of mankind. They were horrible. But true to form, I used them all up and was thrilled when it was time to buy a new box. However, when I got to the store to pick out new bags, I couldn’t quite remember which had been the ones that I didn’t like. So I hesitantly made a choice, got them home to discover that I had bought the same darn bags! Ugggghhhhh! Could not believe I did this! What is happening to my brain that I couldn’t remember which bags were the ones that I had spent months suffering through using? But once again, I begrudgingly used all of the trash bags. So imagine my feeling when it’s time to go back to the store to hopefully pick out GOOD trash bags and I am confused about which ones were the bad trash bags. I think I have trash bag phobia. I practically panicked! But good won this time and I picked out some awesome trash bags. No, they weren’t really Louis Vuitton trash bags but they work really well. Maybe I won’t need therapy for my phobia after all.
This is the season of Thanksgiving. It’s such a simple thing to be thankful for but I’m truly thankful for good trash bags!