Why is it that I can't ever remember everything I need when I go to WalMart?

United States
February 10, 2008 6:48pm CST
Even if I make a list! I always forget something. I don't realize it until I get home and need the item that was not on my list. I keep a magnetic notepad on the fridge just so I can add stuff to the list as I remember or realize that I need it. This aggravates me to no return. Why is it that I cannot remember what I need? Especially when it is something that I use frequently. Does anyone else do this as well? Does it aggravate you or do you think it's just part of life?
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15 responses
11 Feb 08
IT's not that you cant remember everything you need when you go to walmart. It's you forget certain items when you go to walmart. The reason being walmart is full of clothes,foods,furniture,electronics,toys and once you eyes see them your brain startes to wonder " I could use one of these and these" leading to new purchases and the forgetten of other ones you intended to purchase but we're not important. If you are forgetten the major items on your list before you enter walmart then there may be something wrong with you :O but, i dont think there is its just all those goods driving you crazy!
• United States
11 Feb 08
I really hate Walmart and try not to go there. Well, I go as little as possible. My daughter thinks she needs a toy everytime we are there.
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@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Really I cant seem to stick to my list, every time I go I end up with a ton of crap I dont really need at all. So I guess I would say that I am completely the opposite on this one.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Ha. I can't go in there w/o spending at least $50 too. So I guess I have that prob too.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Happens to me all the time. I think I just get rather distracted when I go into a store, so when I get in there and start shopping and start looking around, I end up forgetting what was on the list or what I needed to check out. Quite common I think. It is a pain though,, no denying that.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I balance it out by getting 10 items that aren't on the list. It always happens.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
i am so like you! i always forget something (even on my grocery list!) it helps to have other people with you to jog your memory, but i find it happens because we have too much on our minds as well as we are so busy! it bugs me a little, especially if it was something that i really needed ~sigh~
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• United States
8 Mar 08
I take my 4 yr old daughter with me. But she doesn't remember what I tell her to remind me. LOL.
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
Don,t worry, you are not the only one like that. I also always make a list before going to wal-mart and I almost always forget at least 1-2 things that iw rote everytime. Most of the time it,s things that my boyfriend ask me for lol. It happen often, bot hopefully not all the time lol
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Thanks for the hope.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
11 Feb 08
Yes I do this as well and it frustrates me so much. But the worse thing that I do that makes me so cross with myself and I do it every week, I write my list, go shopping and forget something that is written on the list!!! How can I do that when it is written down in front of my eyes!
• United States
11 Feb 08
Yeah, that is bad. I don't typically do that.
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@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
11 Feb 08
Well, I tends to forget something I needed to buy if I just try to remember them... But it seems better when I have a shopping list as I always strike off from the list after I managed to get it.. The bad thing is when I couldn't find the thing I want as its out of stock, which frustrates me....
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Or when you forget to put it on the list. That's my problem part of the time.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
I do that at every store. Doesn't matter whether its stuff for me, the house, or food. For every item I forget I grab three I didn't mean to get.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Don't you make a list? I learned a long time ago that I had to make a list. Sometimes I sit down right before and make it. That is probably part of the problem. Maybe I should walk thru the whole house before going.
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@madlees (1381)
• India
11 Feb 08
What happens is that you get distracted..As soon as you enter a supermarket, your eyes starts wandering here and there, not sticking to the purpose on hand. Even if we have a list we tend to forget about that list temporarily, keep looking at the things that are kept there. Our mind gets confused and we tend to buy what is not needed. To offset this what I do is to walk straight to the counter according to my list, get the things first, then later if I have money and time on my hand I go window shopping... Mostly I do not keep extra money, unless I pay by card.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
I always walk thru the clearance aisle after I have gotten everything I think I need.
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
13 Feb 08
I seem to have the same problem. I make my list and then either forget the list at home or forget to read it. Yes, I have taken a list to the store and forgotten to consult it. How lame am I? I will often get home and realize that I didn't put something on my list that I really need. Additionally, I usually come home with numerous things that weren't on my list but caught my eye. I just use it as another excuse to go shopping again!
@forge_t (92)
• United States
11 Feb 08
can not believe this but no-i'm forget now who is remember.
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@ysc_lot (48)
• India
11 Feb 08
It's natural for people to forget things when they see a lot of them in the market. Better to note down what you wanna buy.
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@chiyosan (29911)
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
hehe funny i remember that i am the same when i go for supermarket. and i always end up buying things i dont really need and will forget what i must buy when i am there. :D
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• Canada
15 Feb 08
My husband does that. I tell him to grab me something at the supermarket across the street, and by the time he gets there, he's forgotten what it was I sent him over there for. He's getting better. He's started making a LIST of the things to get, even if there is only one thing on the list.
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