Georgia is super state for markets

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Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!

-- Anne Tyler

A lot of new grocery stores seem to be opening up around here, but we shouldn't be surprised.

Georgia actually is one of the nation's leading states when it comes to supermarkets -- a 2008 Nielsen survey pegged the Peach State with 1,151.

Of course, none of this should be a surprise -- generally grocery stores are a reflection of customers. The states with higher populations have more stores. That's why California has 3,753 and New York has 2,202.

That's why there are only 80 grocery stores in all of Wyoming, or 87 in Delaware.

And in case you're wondering, South Carolina has 667, many of them around Hilton Head.


SHOPPING 101: With the annual holiday shopping season looming, you might need to know that you do actually spend less money when you pay cash, as opposed to charging. A 2008 report in the Journal of Experimental Psychology says that when you pay cash you "can feel the outflow of money."

This makes you more reluctant to part with it.

Another money tip from the same folks: If you carry big bills, you are less likely to break them. Tens and 20s? No problem. Fifties and 100s ... we hesitate.

So let's review: Before heading out this holiday on a shopping trip, carry cash and make it big bills.

You'll be a much more thrifty shopper.



- When you sleep, people worry you're dead.

- Your best friend is dating someone half their age ... and isn't breaking any laws.

- Your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.

- It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.

- You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.


TODAY'S JOKE: Speaking of age, here's one shared by Seth Benson , of Millen. Ga.

An octogenarian, who was an avid golfer, moved to a new town and joined the local country club. He went to the club for the first time to play, but he was told there wasn't anyone with whom he could play because they were already out on the course. He repeated several times that he really wanted to play.

Finally, the assistant pro said he would play with him and asked how many strokes he wanted for a bet.

The 80 year-old said, "I really don't need any strokes because I have been playing quite well.

"The only real problem I have is getting out of sand traps."

And he did play well. Coming to the par four 18th they were all even. The pro had a nice drive and was able to get on the green and 2-putt for a par. The old man had a nice drive, but his approach shot landed in a sand trap next to the green.

Playing from the bunker, he hit a high ball which landed on the green and rolled into the hole! Birdie, match and all the money!

The pro walked over to the sand trap where his opponent was still standing. He said, "Nice shot, but I thought you said you have a problem getting out of sand traps?"

"I do, " replied the octogenarian. "Please give me a hand."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or

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Justnosey 11/17/09 - 11:34 am

HOLY SMOKES BILL ! Make sure you remind the little old ladies to carry all of their life savings and to trust the man who's trying to catch a crooked cashier by putting all of her money in the handkerchief to make sure it's safe. Make sure that harried moms with three kids keep all the cash in her pocket book hanging off of the arm of the stroller. Make sure the old man keeps it all folded nicely in a rubber band so when he goes to the bathroom it will be nice and safe in his pocket while his back is turned to the door. Make sure mom has her hundred dollar bills handy while she stands in line, in the dark parking lot, waiting to get the latest game at the gamer's store. Never mind, just casually walk to your nice dark car, in the mall parking lot, at 9:00 while security and the police are already handling the five robberies in the parking lot. You are sure to be safe with that many police already there. A sure sign of getting old is forgetting the past lessons learned the hard way by someone else.

jb5365 11/17/09 - 12:12 pm
Oh, and don`t forget the

Oh, and don`t forget the clothing stores (haberdasheries) you need after consuming all that food. You`re gonna need larger britches....

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