Why is it this complicated?

I was at Wal-Mart this week to pick up paper towels.

See how thematic The Nirvana is this week?

When I got to the bright and shiny aisle, I just had to grab my camera.

Yep, there is over 20 feet of Bounty bulk paper towel packages. Since I only have a handy size chart for Charmin – and there doesn’t seem to be a Charmin to Bounty conversion table – in my purse, I was at a bit of a loss in the Bounty department.

Let’s find large white rolls of paper towels for the best price!

Please stop pushing your brother! You boys need to stay with me here.

Let’s find large white rolls of paper towels for the best price!

No one should be hitting any person or thing! Brothers are nice to each other.

Let’s find large white rolls of paper towels for the best price!

Stop wrestling! No one should be touching a brother.

Let’s find large white rolls of paper towels for the best price!

All boys need to behave or we will be skipping the toy aisle!

Let’s find large white rolls of paper towels for the best price!


OK. I am going to stop right here. I want off this crazy train.

I have two solutions for this overwhelming Bounty paper towel choice problem:

1. Bounty could make large white paper towels in big packages – if they search their line carefully, they might find they already produce such a product.

2. Wal-Mart could move a portion of the toy aisle – I suggest Transformers, Legos and toy guns – to allow frazzled moms a moment in peace to figure out which is the right product. It would give us a chance to solve the Where’s Waldo paper towel search.

Until one of my solutions are adopted, I am boycotting paper and pulling out the old fashioned, cloth…towel.


  1. The Dental Maven says:

    That’s brilliant! I’m calling Walmart TODAY!

  2. Manic Mommy says:

    My comments were eaten. Long story short.

    I bought the wrong bounty of Bounty myself; I live the select-a-size and got ‘regular’. Now I’ve got to work through 12 rolls…or is it 18?

  3. Beth (A Mom's Life) says:

    I had a similar experience at Wal-Mart on Monday only I was searching for the best price on a large pack of toilet paper. And I was making the same threats about not going to the toy aisle.

    I think your solution is brilliant but when you are talking to the Wal-Mart executives, please see if they could also add some toys to the toilet paper aisle!

  4. spinning in our own direction says:

    GASP*** No Don’t do it ** Step away from the Cloth Towel!! IT’s not worth it!! Just think of all the poor trees that will not live out their lives destiny!!!
    DOn’t do it I beg of you!!!
    THink of all the laundry with 3 boys and their friends!! GASP… The HORROR!! that would lead you down the isle of which laundry detergent is best for the price and the whole now double concentrated.. EEEKk It’s a vicious Cycle..Hurry just grab a box and run run to the door!!

  5. GENIUS!

    I have also decided to nix paper towel, but only for the more moist version, the bleach wipe.

  6. Eudea-Mamia says:

    Solution = Costco

  7. Geez that is entirely WAY too many paper towels. I hope your idea comes to life soon because it was brilliant.

  8. Oh, how I remember how much I hated shopping with the kids at that age. Hmm, come to think of it, they aren’t much better right now…and they are teenagers. “Mom, can you buy me this, what about that, hey, over here?”

    They need an aisle with Valium in a 300 pack.

  9. kelliebean says:

    I want to go shopping with Teri. Valium aisle – genius.

  10. Happy Campers says:

    I cannot figure out the cost thing either! Well, I COULD if I brought along a calculator, had a degree in astrophysics & didn't have to worry about someone kidnapping my son while solving global warming.

  11. WeaselMomma says:

    If you just buy the triple,super-ultra, mega giagantor industrial pack of to the power of 10 uber roll, downy soft bath towel thick, rose-scented, industrial-commune, good for the environment size Charmin, you could skip the paper towels altogether.

  12. Do the have a Tide chart cause from the looks of the “fighting boys” photos is that there needs to be a Tide Chart too!
    The toy search could be in each aisle, but that would than force us to shop all the aisle to find the toy we are looking for. I don’t know about you but my Wally World is 6 acres UNDER the roof. No thanks!
    I cannot boycott the paper towel aisle at all. I have two puppies that still have potty accidents inside.
    I buy my paper towel in super bulk at Costco. Whatever is on sale I buy!

  13. Valarie Lea says:

    Lets try this again πŸ™‚ I have been booted out of this comment thing three times while trying to type this.

    Where was I….

    oh yeah! I am so with you on this! It gives me a headache having to decide which PT and TP to buy! πŸ™‚

    There I made it through this time. πŸ™‚

  14. laughingatchaos says:

    I’m just super impressed you took all three boys with you! No duct tape or bungee cords in sight! πŸ˜‰

  15. Jenni Jiggety says:

    Clearly your boys are better behaved than mine at Walmart. There is not stopping to consider…I grab what is closest and I am thankful that I got it!

  16. I don’t care how much they cost I will never buy any other paper towels except VIVA brand. Try them once and I bet you that you will feel the same. I double dog dare you!

  17. Elaine A. says:

    You’re all about the paper products this week. We just by the jumbo pack of the Costco. I know nothing of this dilema.

  18. When I get to this point, I “pretend” that I have a brand that I absolutely love and just buy that brand…Lately, it’s been Brawny. It could cost twice as much but the alternative requires a scientific calculator with the special toilet paper/paper towel function. My mind of late cannot handle such extensive calculations, hence my break from reality.

  19. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    If you go to Costco you know you’re getting the Kirkland brand–no muss, no fuss. Of course you’ll spend $100 on other stuff while you’re there!

  20. Jennifer H says:

    You didn’t even mention regular or select-a-size (my preference). And I don’t know about you, but I always buy plain white. No autumn leaves or Easter egg business for my kitchen. πŸ™‚

  21. Have you ever caught Wal-Mart price an eight pack of paper towels for $4 each and a sixteen pack of the same type of paper towels for $9? It happens all the time here, and I feel so special for finding it and saving that dollar. πŸ™‚

    You may think I’m kidding, but trust me. I am not.

  22. Threeboys1mommy says:

    You roll with all 3 boys at the same time!?! You had an assistant right? I’m a select a size girl, no print.

  23. The Glamorous Life says:

    Apparently you will stop at nothing until you secure a paper product sponsor to BlogHer this year.

    Yeah. you might wanna re-think your approach. Just sayin.


  24. A bewildering array of choices in the paper towel aisle, for sure.

    I do the close-your-eyes-sin-around-and-point method for choosing paper towels. Now, toilet paper is an altogether different (t)issue.

  25. so much truth! great post and greater pictures:) i can’t even imagine shopping with three boys–i have a hard enough time doing the magic grocery math by myself!

    we kicked our paper towel habit about six months ago and haven’t looked back. damn the man!

  26. MoziEsmé says:

    And put some dolls in the mix, too, please. I go through this same scenario every other week – I start with the cheap brand and work my way up, though. I’m not up to Bounty yet. Just whining about the cheap brands still. And the fact that it’s impossible to compare prices.

  27. i’m just glad that your kids cooperate as well as mine do for the advanced math portion of the shopping trip! agh. i love the toy section idea.

  28. Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge says:

    Okay, sorry if you are a vegan, but how are you gonna use a cloth towel to soak up all the bacon grease when you microwave the bacon?

    Am I the only person who loves bacon every. single. day.?

  29. On a limb with Claudia says:

    My father used to threaten us with using newspaper like they did in the (not so) Great Depression. After backpacking anywhere, I love toilet paper. And living in a house. But don’t tell the husband as he’s planning another trip….

  30. AMomTwoBoys says:

    THIS is why I buy Target paper towels. You’re welcome.

  31. (Catching up on my reading this week. I’m so far behind….) Um, taking all three of my boys to WalMart is a special kind of hell. By some miracle, we’ve all survived so far.

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