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November 30, 2013

Looking Back: Pinch your pennies, especially by reading the fine print


Do you feel that way too? Would you?

So what can I do but to stand on the proverbial soap box — which I do from time to time — not only to warn my fellow man but to hopefully encourage the outspokenness of all by airing their concerns so that the dishonest practicer will correct their ways.


Life, years ago, seemed to be a lot slower and easily coped with. Rushing here and there now seems that no time is left for just regrouping your thoughts. It’s a real treadmill.

Especially so in the super markets. Dash down this aisle, dodging the folks with carts parked crosswise and their ears plugged into whoever is controlling the marketer.

“Excuse me,” excuse me and so to pass by.

I must relate how a very pleasant young man came to my aid when I asked him to reach up for a product on the top self. (I can’t step on the bottom self to reach anymore.) So ever so often nice things do happen.

Now comes the mental task of the check-out system. Prices are zooming and careful observance of your register tape does pay off.

We noticed two recent errors: Double scanning of products. 

Just standing in another long line for a refund was unacceptable for this oldster and so one of the managers that passed by was most helpful as we explained what had happened. 

So it’s not just picking out the products written on your shopping list, paying for them and heading for the car. Yes, supermarket shopping has become quite a chore compared to how I used to enjoy and actually look forward to new products and ideas for menus.

Did you ever notice how we older folks lean on the shopping carts? They do make good “walkers”. Our doctors want us to walk, walk, walk and it is healthier. Supermarket floors are easy to maneuver on and using the carts to balance is a plus. But to make a suggestion to all markets: It would be so appreciated to have more benches to collapse on and I certainly thank you, ahead of time, for your compliance.

Elaine W. Kniskern is a 81-year-old resident of Schenevus and a grandmother of five. She can reached at ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.

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