Sunday, 19 October 2008

Thank Heaven For Little Girls (and Clubcard Points)

So there I was, in Tesco, eyeing up the 'Buy One Get One Free' shower gel. I only ever buy 'BOGOF' shower gel, for reasons which will become apparent.

Anyway, this week it was Nivea Vitality. I put four bottles in the trolley, which instigated this conversation between myself and the Father of This Lot:

Him: What are you doing?

Me: I'm buying shower gel.

Him: You bought shower gel last week.

Me: I know I did. Four bottles.

Him: Well, where is it?

Me: Where's what?

Him: The four bottles of shower gel you bought last week?

Me: It's gone.

Him: Whaddya mean, gone?

Me: Gone. Used. Four empty plastic bottles in the brown recycling bin.

Him: They've used FOUR bottles of shower gel in a week? FOUR BOTTLES........?????

...and he proceeded to march off down the main aisle, muttering something like.....'ruined, that's what they are, ruined....'

Wisely, in my opinion, I thought this was not perhaps the best time to mention the three bottles of shampoo, two bottles of conditioner, two tubes of toothpaste and the entire twelve pack of toilet roll that they'd also got through.

And that's just in the bathroom.........

Obviously, this is nor the Father of This Lot in the picture.

You can tell that because the man is smiling after bringing the shopping in.

The Father of This Lot is more likely to say something along the lines of.....

'You never see sign nor light of them while you're unloading the car. Then when all the stuff's in, they descend on it like locusts......'

or even:

'Can someone come and help with the shopping please?


or on a particularly bad day:

'Look at that - that bag didn't even make it down the hall........'

And whilst I have to agree that our grocery shopping bill probably encompasses in a month the debt of a small African nation, just think of the Clubcard points we'll get at Christmas.


Maggie May said...

What a massive amount you must get through, but yes....... think of the Tesco points.

Journey of Truth said...

And I freak about feeding my three! They're always poking their gobs with whatever they can find - and sometimes they find MY stuff!!

meggie said...

I find my shampoo etc lasts for ages. When the kids lived at home, it was first in best showered!
Sometimes it seemed the more there was available, the more they used!

Suburbia said...

I haven't noticed the shower gel problem here yet but the loo roll...what do they do with it?!! (don't answer that one!)

Rebekah said...

Oh, wow, I can relate! And mine aren't even in Jr. High yet!

Expat mum said...

With me it's the cereal. I only have three kids but I swear we go through a box a day.

Kitty said...

Yep, shower gel and shampoo disappear into thin air here too. And toilet roll. And deodorant. And elastic hair band thingies.

And don't get me started on the food!


Daryl said...

both my late Dad and my husband seem to think women use an inordinate amount of toilet paper .. I have pointed out to both that WOMEN do not leave trace evidence on the floor in front of the toilet..........


Grit said...

toilet rolls... what are girls doing with them? not what i do with them, that's for sure... we get through bulk packs of those in the blink of an eye. actually i suspect round here they're bought just so we can get at the cardboard inner and make a caterpillar.

Dusty Spider said...

I thought we went through shower gel at an alarming rate - I'm impressed. Aren't bogofs great! Flick xx

Akelamalu said...

When our boys left home we noticed a huge reduction in the number of toilet rolls we went through. What do they do with them? :0

San said...

There must be a shower-gel consuming competition out there--your family could enter and recoup your monetary losses, making The Father of This Lot very proud indeed. And you'd have your Tesco points to boot!

San said...

There's always the Guinness Book of Records. I believe your family should hold the world record for toiletries consumption.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

That reminds me of Cambridge days, when I had to "toot" outside to get my two to come down and help me unload the shopping. Packets of biscuits and crisps rarely made it into the cupboards. M :-)

Mean Mom said...

One of my lads has left home and the other is at university, so why is it that we still seem to be getting through the same amount of loo paper? Worrying isn't it? Are they sneaking back just to go to the toilet?

Renae said...

Just think, Jackie, how much spare cash you'll have in about ten years . . . ;-)

Working mum said...

Ouch! What you need is a job like mine - I didn't even manage to get to Tesco last weekend - saved a fortune! However, we have been eating frozen fish fingers, wedges, peas, pizzas and beefburgers for a week. Not so good!

Off to acquire lots of Clubcard points now though!