-- 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.
SIGNS YOU'RE GETTING OLD
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.