Weird Shopping Habits


Okay ladies, I'm totally gonna admit that I have some really strange shopping habits.

Whenever I see something in the store that I am interested in buying, I almost will never buy it right away. Instead, I will look at it for a long time deciding, check every detail of it, and then try it on. And then I think about the price.

If I'm not totally feeling it, I leave it. Then while I'm at home I think of it some more. If I do want it, I go back to the store the next day and buy it. I think the people who work in the store think that I am really messed up or something, because they see me returning.

I wonder if I'm obsessive compulsive or something, or maybe I feel slightly guilty about spending the money (especially if it is on something really costly - because I know my money could go towards something more useful).

Am I really messed up? Or just thinking about it too much?

Do any of you ladies have any strange habits when you go shopping?
Dec 01, 2007 @ 03:26 pm

6 Replies

Ali de Bold

You are not alone

Not only do I seriously consider every purchase, but I have no shame in returning something I am not 100% happy with. I often leave the tags on and unworn for a few weeks if I'm feeling especially guilty and know I may return it. Also, most stores have a policy that if the price drops within 2 weeks of purchase, you can bring your receipt back and they will credit the difference. I can't tell you how many times I've done that.

Most likely it is because you are in the same position as me. You like something but aren't exactly rolling in dough and so you are very careful with what you do spend.

My sister in law is very smart with budgeting her wardrobe. She makes a list before she goes shopping of the things she needs. That way she isn't caught up buying impulsively and only gets what she really needs. She always looks amazing and put together.

I don't think you are messed up at all. I think you just need to start off with a good plan so you don't find yourself frozen in indecision at the store or constantly second guessing yourself. Another thing that helps me is having someone I trust come shopping with me. Someone who understands my budget and what looks good on me and knows my wardrobe enough to remind me I don't need something.
Dec 01, 2007 @ 04:51 pm

I'm the same way...

My hubby often wonders how I can manage to spend so much time in the malls and not get bored. And the biggest reason why I go all the time is because I can't decide whether I should or should not buy something. For example, the past few weeks, I've been going to The Body Shop twice a week (but I alternate between 2 different stores so I don't look too weird) because I am interested in buying their shampoo. I love the smell of it and I really want to try it BUT I think spending $11.50 on a bottle of 250mL is a bit steep, esp. when I know the cheap grocery store brand works just as well. So I go every week to sniff the bottle to make sure I really really REALLY like it. Finally, a few days ago, I bought it...but I have been staring at that bottle everyday wondering if I should keep it. I feel so guilty, but ohhhhh it smells so good. My hubby laughs at me and said if I like it that much, I should just keep it. But the guilt, the guilt!!

Sometimes I keep things in their original package/tag for so long (while I continue to justify for the purchase after I bought it) that I can no longer return it because 1) it's passed return date or 2) I've lost the receipt. :P

Anyway, I'll probably end up keeping the shampoo... :P
Dec 02, 2007 @ 01:46 pm

join the club!

Only for a fantastic deal will I usually plonk down my credit card right then and there to buy it. Otherwise if I'm not totally sure I usually walk away. I'll know if I think about it often over the next day or two that I really want it. If I forget about it by the next morning, I consider it a purchase well avoided. I'm like Bubbly, I alternate between different locations of the same store if I come back to look at something specific more than once... ok, four times. As long as money isn't growing on trees, I think I'll probably keep doing it. You are most definitely not alone!

I just thought of this: it took me almost a year to buy new eye glasses. I walked around with my hideous old things and stretched the life on my Focus Dailies (haha, try Focus Monthlies!!) until I finally committed to a pair. And the stupid part was, my insurance covered most of it, so I wasn't really spending any of my own money! But I wanted to be sure I'd find something I really liked. How's that for o/c?
Dec 03, 2007 @ 11:30 am
Feisty Redhead

me too

I'll stand in the store and fuss over something for 20 minutes, decide not to get it and just wind up back at that part of the store at least once more before leaving the store to mull it over some more. Sometimes I cave in and buy then and there but then other times I just head home to think it over more. If I've forgotten about wanting it or changed my mind a couple days later then it's no big deal. If I'm still thinking it over and wanting it I'll typically end up going back to look at it again. Sometimes after looking at it again I realize I don't want it after all, and I walk away happy with having saved a little money. Or I still see it and have to have it so I then finally buy it and am hopefully happy with the purchase. :)

My boyfriend makes fun of me all the time for it, because sometimes I even come home then "window shop" for those things some more online and I'll still and think about things I saw online for days or weeks and I'll ask him for his opinion (as if he knows the difference between peach and coral or something LOL) and make a huge deal over whether or not to buy a tube of lip gloss or a skein of yarn or whatever. But then I've seen him do the same thing over hunting gear and guy stuff. So we're even. :)
Dec 03, 2007 @ 08:32 pm


Mamaluv, you're just like me! I also own a pair of Focus "Monthlies" by choice! LOL!!
Dec 04, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

Odd one out...

I hate returning stuff. And since I don't drive, I rarely ever return to buy something. Only if I really love it and can't afford will I pop in a few weeks later to see if it is on sale, and usually that isn't the purpose of the trip, i will just swing by while there. If it is an item I really like and want, I will go home and think about it. I have a spending account set up so that I only have a certain amount in that account at all times, like $100.00. If the item is over what I have as my weekly limit, then it forces me to go home and transfer money online to buy it. usually by then my lust has worn off and I can live without it. This doesn't always work anymore since my credit card limit when up (sigh), but I am still careful to stay within budget. I find not having a car is good, because I rarely hit the mall, and never return for something. I also always try winners first, and if I can't find it there then I move on!

But no, thinking about it shows you are careful, and a smart buyer. it saves going home and being disappointed with your purchase after, which is even worse than having to return it.

Happy shopping!
Dec 06, 2007 @ 09:23 am

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