Just as I finished what felt like even more than 319 errands, I remembered there was nothing at home for the kids to bring in their lunches, and there were still two more school days left that week.
Lucky for me, right there across from the train station at 33rd and Eighth was the answer to my school lunch woes:
I had just read the day before the new DuaneReader online (basically a drug store circular, only irreverent and funny)
so I knew Duane Reade had a bunch of treats my kids would like, and that I wouldn't find too terrible for them to eat.
Inside the store I quickly found Cheddar Penguins:
Duane Reader price I had spotted online the day before:
Duane Reader online before going to the store, there are plenty of "old-fashioned" paper ones at the store:
I also got the kids a bunch of dried fruit, since word at my house is when I pack fresh stuff it is "mushy" and "brown" by lunchtime.
Shopping complete, I left with even a few minutes to spare before I needed to catch my train home to Jersey. Walking across the street to Penn Station I realized in all my lunch food buying, I'd forgotten to bring home some products to help my daughter who had all of a sudden developed super-chapped lips.
Going down the elevator, and feeling like the worst mom ever that I was going to come home without the Chapstick, I stepped off the elevator, looked-up and there it was: a Duane Reade in the train station.
made a dash for my train, and settled into my seat with a few minutes to spare.
Duane Reade, I totally owe you one.
For more photos from my trip to Duane Reade, visit my Google+ story, A visit to Duane Reade with a little help from the Duane Reader.
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. All opinions are my own.
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