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For the GR8R Good™: Every man needs a murse

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Shopping is not a gender issue.

As anyone who knows how to hunt down a bargain can tell you, a well-organized shopping trip is like going on safari – know where to be, when to be there and so that you can strategize how best to beat other shoppers to the goodies.

So now that everyone is shopping the holiday sales, we all need to do more forward thinking.

For instance, it will almost never fail that when you’re out and about shopping for the season, the one pissy little thing you need when you reach in your bag, you won’t have on you.

That kind of crap can ruin a normal day, much less a shopping trip when you and maybe the kids are on the go for hours on end.

Ask yourself:

Did I leave this thing at home by accident? No.

Did I even know I’d need it when I left home? No, of course not.

If I had known, would it ever have occurred to me to carry it around with me?

Hell no.

Hello – the universe is telling you to get organized so you can survive it – and not just the holidays.

What most people do right

Most of us were trained according to the Boy Scout motto – always be prepared.

You’re off to a good start in contemporary culture if your survival kit includes:

  • A mobile phone with a charged battery
  • Your photo ID
  • A pen and/or a mechanical pencil
  • Scrap paper to write on
  • Your keys
  • Money, checkbook, discount cards & coupons
  • A mini-umbrella
  • A hair brush or comb

Not everyone’s kit does.

If yours doesn’t – at least not yet, then what kind of crap do you carry with you and why?

Murses come in all shapes, sizes & colors

Whether you like canvas or straw or you’re into leather, you can find the right kind of shoulder bag to house your survival kit for almost no money.

Have fun with it. Shop a sale. It’s certainly the right time of year.

The more unusual the color, size and print, the easier your kit is to keep track of.

And buy a murse that leaves you some room to grow as you add more tools to your survival kit.

Be more modern

For modern folk, the mobile phone is a real boon.

Nowadays smartphones keep you connected to your email, the news, your address book and emergency contact list.

And because you have your phone with you, you also have at your disposal a camera, a calendar, a calculator and an alarm clock.

It is much more convenient now (and much less bulky) to carry the same tools than previously in human history.

No matter what or whose business you may be abroad on, in order to function, your murse needs more tools in it than you have right now.

Here are some essentials:

  • Postage Nothing will slow your roll like not having a stamp when you need one. Keep a couple in your kit and know where you can buy some without having to find a post office.
  • Extra phone battery & an easy, plug-in charger Batteries and chargers are cheap. Store them without keys in an inside pocket in your shoulder bag.
  • Cheap note pads Always have something to write on (and with). Discount stores like Dollar General® and Family Dollar® sell multi-packs of small spiral note pads for around a dollar.
  • Hand sanitizer & tissues At the same stores and for about the same money, you can get travel sizes of hand sanitizer and tissues. You’ll have fewer colds and spread fewer germs once you update your kit.
  • Coin purse or change pouch Instead of digging at the bottom of your bag for your loose change, use a zippered pouch, preferably a brightly colored one so that it’s easy to spot in your shoulder bag or briefcase.
  • Pencil case or soft pouch For convenience and to make better use of space, use a container to corral small, loose items – extra pens and mechanical pencils, leads and erasers for same, a highlighter, a straight edge, plastic spoons and forks, tea bags, salt and pepper packets, nail clippers, lip balm, USB cables, headphones, flash drives, etc.
  • Password log A small, blank book or notebook can hold the usernames and passwords for all your online accounts.

Amuse your friends, amaze your colleagues

Imagine the amazement at the mall when the kids know which pouch in your murse has the Chuck E. Cheese® tokens in it ,and you don’t have to unload to find your apple green note pads in its festive holiday coozie.

People will gasp in wonder when you break out your pen light, a set of nested screwdrivers and the mini-stapler.

Get a bag, get tools, get with it.



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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact:



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