Today was much less gory than Friday. For one thing, the hordes of people were not as great, which is weird. The original idea was that a Friday wouldn't have as many people in the stores. I think what we forgot to take into account was that it was a Friday between a holiday and a weekend. So plenty of people were opting to take the day off, do all of their shopping and then get out of dodge for the weekend. Wal-Mart and Loblaws were positively sedate today in comparison to yesterday.
Having said that, we dropped probably another $500 at Wal-Mart and about $200 at Loblaws. On the up side, it also means we're now finished our sealift order. Grand total is about $5,500 which is, believe it or not, under budget. Yes, we still have to actually get it to Iqaluit, and that's going to cost, but we managed to buy a year's worth of groceries, plus enough laminate flooring to kill an invading horde.
As for some of the other things, I still haven't bought the TV set yet, although Best Buy has a sale on, I've done some more research and it looks like I know which one I'm getting. It's a slightly older model, but the difference between it and the brand new one is minimal in technology and about $600 in price. So the older one it will likely be.
I also went and bought curling supplies today. Because it is, after all, July, which is clearly the time to buy such things. But I now have new shoes, a couple of replacement broom heads, new gloves and a new pair of pants. There's some big changes at the club next season, so new gear is nice.
It is a lovely distraction from the thought that we're supposed to be seeing U2 this evening, if only Bono hadn't thrown out his back. sigh...
You know, I understand to some this might be viewed as "crass consumerism" - I was once accused of it - or perhaps even bragging to others. However, this is a method to the madness.
1. For those new, or contemplating a move to the north - I throw some of these numbers out there to give you an idea of the costs. Even if you remove the flooring and some of the stuff from IKEA, we just spent around $3,500 for groceries and supplies for a year for two people. That's the cost of living up north.
2. I do have friends who find this kind of madness interesting. The whole concept of doing a year's shopping in a few days and what kind of things you had to budget and plan for.
3. The blog also serves as a kind of historical record/diary for myself. So next year when we're in the planning stages of doing this madness again, at least I can look back on these few posts and remember what we did and what mistakes to avoid.
Sunday is shaping up to be a day of sloth, I think. Perhaps a few hours at the Market. I'd like to catch a movie, but I'm having a hard time convincing Cathy to go see Toy Story 3 for some reason. And I might go and pick up the TV. I'm pretty sure I can take it as luggage on the flight up to Iqaluit. I've seen others do it before.
And then on Monday, back to the grind for me, and off to Rankin for Cathy...
1. Gimmie a sign - Ryan Adams
2. Only love (live) - Kathleen Edwards
3. Get in line - Barenaked Ladies
4. The spirit of radio - Rush*
5. Night driver - Tom Petty