Can you believe this?
So at 6:00 this morning I received a text message from another mom who suggested we take our youngest kids to Stop & Shop to look at the lobsters in the fish department, you know, the ones with the rubber bands on their claws who are waiting to be killed. Those. I told her I’d meet her at the tank around 9:20am. The kids looked at the lobsters for a solid 15 minutes and then became bored. They didn’t ask any tough questions about the rubber bands or anything like that, so it was just like going to the aquarium, only it was free.
Afterwards we decided to go to the Starbucks within Stop & Shop. I needed more coffee & my kid loves the vanilla milk boxes they sell there. Well that’s when the trouble started.
My mom friend said we should make a pit stop at the bakery department before heading to the Starbucks area. She grabbed a plastic container full of giant blueberry muffins. Next up was the organic section where she grabbed a 3 pack of vanilla milk boxes. I started to wonder if she was going to do what I thought she was going to do.
I ordered my coffee from the barista and my kid picked the milk box he wanted and we paid with my iPhone, which is something I really enjoy doing because it feels like it’s free, but it’s not. Anyhow I told her we’d grab a table.
She joined us and then whipped out the muffins & the milk boxes she got from the grocery store. She shared the muffins, but not the milk. Instead she laughed at me for paying more than she did for my kid’s vanilla milk box. Then she said “I’m surprised you didn’t buy an overpriced muffin at the counter. Stick with me and I’ll show you the ins and outs of beating the Starbucks system.” I’m surprised she didn’t ask the barista for some hot water to use with a box of instant coffee.