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and I don’t miss it.  The last time my husband and I went to Wal-Mart we spent over $100 on some household items and a couple pairs of socks.  Neither my husband or I could figure out exactly how we spent so much money and only came out with a few bags.  We didn’t put meat in the freezer or fresh fruits in my favorite white bowl on the table.  Just paper products, cleaning supplies, socks, and filters for the water pitcher.  Just 2 days before our Wal-Mart trip we went to our biweekly grocery store trip and spent almost the same amount of money.  Granted I don’t go to Wal-Mart weekly or anything like that.  I usually try to keep it to a once a month trip for household necessities and for my household, which is only 2 adults, it really seemed like a lot to put out over 100 dollars for a few bags from Wal-Mart.  My husband decided in an effort to preserve his wallat that Wal-Mart was off limits.  We would go to other discount stores like Dollar General or Family Dollar in an effort to limit our spending.  I thought it was crazy at first, but here we are months later and I’ve not seen the inside of a Wal-Mart.  I had not even realized so much time had past.  I don’t miss going to Wal-Mart.  I am not missing anything in my household that I cannot get somewhere else for about the same price.  Often times I just shop the sales at the grocery store that I go to and my husband gets paper products from the Dollar General.  Granted, my paper towels are not as nice as the ones I used to get, but the cost savings make up for that. 

If you find yourself spending hundreds of dollars at Wal-Mart every month I’m hear to tell you that you can break the habit.  Wal-Mart is not really saving you that much money if you are continuously in there and buying things you think you need, but may not actually.  You can break your Wal-Mart addiction.

Umm Ebraheem

So, recently my husband and I moved.  When I was trying to switch all of our utilities I ran into an unexpected road block with Time Warner Cable.  It seems the resident who lived in the apartment before us never shut off his service and they would not let me open a new account at an address where an account was already set up.  It turned out that the previous resident was a college student who went back to his native country of India and he obviously was not going to call back from India to cancel his internet connection.   We had to get a letter from our leasing office attesting to the fact that the guy was gone and we were in fact the residents.   Long story short, after having internet for 3 weeks we went to the office to get the service switched over and they cut the internet off and told me it would be 2 weeks before they would cut it back on.  I don’t have rhyme or reason for why they would cut us off, but here I sit in my local library doing an email and blog check. 

I have been out of work for a week and I am praying to Allah that the company I work for will understand and not fire me.  No amount of pleading would get them to cut the internet on any sooner.   My husband and I even decided we would look into alternatives because 2 weeks seemed like a really long time to wait.   Turns out that Time Warner really is the best deal in town.  No contracts like with Verizon and Clear Wire and their upload and download times are much faster.   After checking out all our options we decided to be patient, and if this ever happens again I know to get the internet switched over and cut on before I move instead of after.   So, here I sit at my local library grateful that internet access is free and a lesson learned, even though I still think Time Warner done me wrong.

Umm Ebraheem

Yunus 10:18

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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