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Thursday, March 28, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Decision Time in Aisle One By Dorothy Rosby I always get my milk last at the grocery store because I don’t want it to curdle while I try to choose between whole wheat, crushed wheat, honey wheat, honey bran, sunflower, or twelve grain bread. Shopping for groceries — and everything else is challenging for the indecisive. I finally choose twelve grain and head to the most difficult grocery aisle of all: Personal Care. Before me lies toothpaste as far as the eye can see. I prefer gel to paste, but what do I need more? Enamel care, tarter control, cavity protection, extra whitening, or breath freshening? Don’t answer that. Do I want lotion that firms skin, hydrates hands, protects from the sun, or provides advanced therapy. I pick the last one because therapy is just what I need after choosing bread and toothpaste. I’m paralyzed by so many choices. Fortunately, I have some coping mechanisms. Unfortunately none of them help. 1) I put off grocery shopping until all that’s left to eat in our home is flour and ketchup. 2) When I can’t decide between two items, I buy them both. I have two sweaters that look exactly alike, except one is purple and one is blue. And I have another set of duplicate sweaters, one blue and one pink, for the same reason. My closet looks like I share it with an identical twin. 3) I choose the cheapest one, and not because I’m thrifty. No one who buys sweaters two at a time is thrifty. It’s just that when I can’t decide between oxygenated cleansing action, degreasing, or gentle- on-hands dish soap, I have to base my decision on something. 4) Faced with too many decisions, I choose nothing. And I’m not alone. In one study of the so-called paradox of choice, two psychologists found that customers presented with six varieties of jam were more likely to buy one than those who were offered 24 varieties. The latter were ,more'likely to run screaming from the store. V I’ve made it to laundry soap. Do I want liquid or powder? Do I need it with bleach, Without bleach, or with bleach alternative? Do I want it to dissolve fast, deep clean, or fight odors? And if I choose deep cleaning, will my clean clothes smell bad? I’ve been at the grocery store an hour, and with the exception of a loaf of bread, I still don’t have any :food. I pick up my pace. I hurry past the baking aisle; I «don’t bake. I skip the dog food; I don’t have a dog. ‘I :dash past baby food; I don’t have a baby either. ' But then...I round the corner at canned soups. There is a cream-of—something soup for every day of the year and almost that many pasta choiCes: rotelle, farfalle, fusilli, mostaccioli, penne, rigatoni, ziti. Huh? And Mother Nature can’t be beat for variety. I want apples, I’m just not sure if I want Gala, McIntosh, Red Delicious, or Granny Smith. I need lettuce, but do I want Romaine, Red Leaf, Bibb, or Iceberg. I haven’t been this overwhelmed since toothpaste. ' ‘ Finally, exhausted'and confused, I head to the dairy aisle for milk (skim, 1%, 2%, whole, lactose free, chocolate, or soy), butter (salted, unsalted, low fat, or regular) and cheese (too many to name). i I have just spent more time choosing groceries than I spent buying my car. By the time I get to the checkout line, my defenses are worn down like a dieter’s resistance in a donut shop. The only thing saving me from grabbing a handful of comfort candy bars in the .checkout aisle is that I can’t decide which ones I want. Uh-oh. I forgot one thing. God help me; I need a birthday card. 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