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Confessions of a consumer: Retail therapy or shopaholism?

I’m the first to admit that I love shopping. If there is a bargain to be had, I’m there. If there is a product in high demand, I will hunt it down.

And it doesn’t matter what type of store I’m in. At the grocery, clothing or home store, I have my list, and strategy, mapped out. In fact, I tend to follow a particular route through the stores with which I am most familiar. For instance, at Wegman’s, I start in the deli and cheese area, then hit the produce and meat departments, the bakery, and so on. This can be helpful for my husband if we are shopping together, as he will know where to find me should we decide to divide and conquer my list.

There is a lot of great shopping to be had in Central New York – with a great mixture of Mom-and-Pop specialty stores, chain stores with great bargains and, of course, stores found in area malls. I have some favorites that I hit just about every week, and am always on the lookout for new stores to add to my list of “must-shops.”

If I’m feeling down, it perks me up to load the kids in the car and visit Towne Center in Fayetteville, with its nice variety of stores and eating establishments. I can feel my mood improving as I wander the aisles, picking out a treat or two for each of the kids as well as my husband and myself. I am always interested in what is current, whether it be a style of swimsuit or new DVD release. I am also always on the lookout for that red sign or sticker which indicates that ever-desireable clearance item. In this day and age, it is difficult for me to buy anything that is not on clearance; if it’s not a bargain, it had better be special.

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