I was talking to Kevin yesterday and we were talking about prices ; he specifically mentioned the prices of the supplies for taking care of the diabetic wound on his leg. My contribution was this: that below Kroger's store brand, is Value Brand - which I have come to realize isn't often so much of a value! - i.e. their pasta is so starchy, its pretty much not fit for consumption ;- However, its the end of the month, I was out of toilet paper, the Value Brand was only 88 cents for four rolls, I sighed and grabbed it ... and have actually been impressed! - even tho it ain't so soft, it doesn't shred and leave toilet paper balls everywhere! (TMI - sorry, lol!).
Then Kevin said, "You're using Value Brand toilet paper?!! " in a tone as incredulous as if I said I was going to ride on a roller coaster. "Jean ... I can't imagine you using Value Brand!!!"
I smiled and sighed.
For most of my life, I've managed to keep my feet firmly placed in the middle-class lifestyle that I was raised in. And people in that place, don't put Value Brand toilet paper in there bathrooms - they go for a name brand that has a coupon, instead!
However ... times have changed, times have changed indeed! and I'm in a place I never saw myself being in, when I was middle-aged : poor, struggling, stuck, without a family to help me out - meaning an adult child (I have one, she's going to be 29, but help?!), a husband or partner (meaning one who lives with me AND contributes to the household income AND is part of), like so - yes, I'll even put my parents in there, altho I certainly realized that having older parents meant I wouldn't get to hold on to them on this mortal coil as long as some other people!
So here I am: the lady with the Value Brand t.p. sitting in her toilet. Care to have a seat ;)