Do you like shopping alone or with others - like family or friends?

@kiran8 (14475)
Mangalore, India
September 11, 2011 10:54am CST
If we have time and money, then shopping can be a great experience.Some people are shopping addicts who would like to shop everyday for something or the other... Do you like shopping alone or would rather have someone with you like a friend/s or close family members? Personally speaking, I shop only when I want to, not on impulse and prefer to do it alone, but ,if at all I like to go with my sister when she can spare the time since she is a very busy doctor.But when my children are around I like going shopping with them since it is a lot of fun.We combine a movie,lunch/dinner as well, so it is enjoyable. Friends, Please share your own preferences and views...
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@dpk262006 (52840)
• Delhi, India
11 Sep 11
Hi Kiran! Me and my wife most of the time will go for shopping together. We feel that when we two are together, we could make better choice and selection. We buy the product with each other's consent.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
12 Sep 11
That is interesting..most husbands do not like to shop. I know I won't go with my husband unless I have to because he likes to shop quickly and leave while I like to check everything out and even think about it.
@dpk262006 (52840)
• Delhi, India
12 Sep 11
stary1 I can understand your point. My better half is somewhat like you and she takes considerable time in making selection.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
12 Sep 11
Hi deepak,It is nice that you and your wife shop together .many couple do that and as long as both are happy it is an ideal situation.. Ho stary, I agree that many husbands dont like shopping esp our kind of shopping lol...
@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
13 Sep 11
Deffinitely is better shopping alone for me because if I with another person they want to influence me to buy what they like. I only like to go shopping with Mr. money or Mrs. credit card.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
13 Sep 11
LOL... Mr Money and Credit/Debit card is the most important companion ...You are like me, I too prefer to shop alone most of the time unless I have the right company, those who mind their own business and give their advise only when asked
@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
13 Sep 11
Oh yes Kiran for me is better to shop alone, because sometimes my husband and me shop together food or things for the house and then he find something that is nice on his eyes but not on mine, and he wants to buy me that and I say to myself "but this is ugly!" so I tell him "oh no baby we don't have money for that" lol! Or if I go with my son shopping he begins to ask me to hurry, that he wants to go home and push and push, one time I lost my money because he was driving me crazy. Definitely I prefer to alone, Mr. money or MRS.credit card or debit card are allowe.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
I agree with you 100 % on that - all the best and enjoy your evening
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I prefer that I have a companion when I shop particularly when I intend to buy something because I feel uncomfortable when I enter a shop and a sales lady starts to tag along or keep following me anywhere in the shop. At least, when I'm with someone I can ignore her and get the opinion of whoever I'm with.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi ybong, LOL is sales lady the reason for taking someone along while shopping ? Seriously, they can be a real pain at times just following you around and coming in your way...thanks a lot for sharing your views and all the best
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
It's disconcerting for me thinking that she's there all time and I know that at the back of her mind are the words "Buy it! buy it! buy it! and see the disappointment in her eyes if I will not.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
20 Sep 11
LOL, i wonder if they get any incentive for doing that ....I wish they are trained not to trail the customers all the time , it would be so much better if we were allowed to go round, probably even select something and buy !
@anil02 (2886)
• India
11 Sep 11
Hello Kiran ji, due to health problem I cannot do shopping. Some time I bring vegetables or some gorcery items. I went for these alone. No one can company with me.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
12 Sep 11
Hi anil, it is nice to see your picture It is really nice that you are doing whatever you can under the circumstances anil and I feel that's what is important- all the best and happy mylotting
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@anil02 (2886)
• India
12 Sep 11
Hello Kiran ji, I like shopping but my circumstances don't permit me. I cannot reach inside of shop.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
13 Sep 11
Yes I understand anil, all the best and enjoy your evening
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• Malaysia
21 Sep 11
Hi kiran8. I'm not that shopping addict. I just like the experience go to shopping by walking around having good time or enjoying looking around especially shopping complex. To be honest deep in my heart I love shopping with someone that I love or care, like family, friends or perhaps someone that I consider special. Unfortunately whenever I shopping with them it's always ended up in bad experience. So I decide I go shopping alone as it is more convenient rather than been someone or more than that. Is not that I cannot tolerate but it's them who don't like to tolerate. Whenever I wanna look for my thing they shows ugly face but when they wanna look for their thing even for hours I just can keep givin' them opinion which is not appreciate though. Some just can't soo lazy to walk. And lots more. I just hope someday I can find persons just like me.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
21 Sep 11
Hi Prinzedbeck, thanks a lot for your response I agree that it is very difficult to get a shopping partner with whom you feel comfortable...that is the very reason why I too prefer shopping alone most of the time...I am sure you will find someone with whom you will enjoy shopping, all the best and happy mylotting
• Malaysia
8 Oct 11
Hello kiran8. But somehow when I go shopping alone people will say that I'm don't know how to social type of person. I don't like being labelled like that as I love to shopping with partner but since most of them are just not tolerate there's really nothing I can do.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
8 Oct 11
Why should one really live life according to what people say , label you or expect you to do ?- at least I definitely don't ! I live life on my own terms and don't really bother about what other people do with their lives...I shop alone if I feel like it or go with others if that is ok with me and them, and also if all of us enjoy the experience...
• United States
11 Sep 11
I prefer to shop alone so no one will rush me. I like sale shopping and i will look through every piece of clothing and stuff. I also like to shop online when possible.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
12 Sep 11
Hi giftsandbags,I am the same, prefer to shop alone, so that I can buy what I want instead of getting influenced by others taste and preference....I am sure that you enjoy going through everything before making your selection.I rarely shop on line though ! thanks a lot and all the best
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• United States
12 Sep 11
Your right i hate for people to tell me what I should and should not be buing. I shopped at walmart.com yesterday.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hope you had a good time at walmart.com....all the best and enjoy your evening
@ElicBxn (60015)
• United States
13 Sep 11
I don't really like to shop alone because if I see something, I want to show it to someone else, not much fun when you are alone.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi Elic, I see your point, if you like to be sure that what you buy is right and need a second opinion then you need to have someone with you...I do that when I buy sarees, most of the time I go with my mother and sister or my daughters...all the best
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@ElicBxn (60015)
• United States
14 Sep 11
Bird house out of corks - she saw it in a restaurant...
I just like to say "Look at this..." to my friend/s. I may not want to buy it at all, but if it is really clever, I might want to try and make something like it... Take this birdhouse, now I didn't see it, my brother's girlfriend did, but she took the picture because she knew I'd LOVE it!
@2wicelot (2949)
11 Sep 11
I generally do not enjoy shopping. So I would rather go alone, pick up what I want and get out of there as soon as possible. But to make things easier I would prefer to do all my shopping online where possible. That way I do not have to go far away and also do not have to through crowds and stuff like that.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
12 Sep 11
Hi wicelot, thanks a lot for your response I see that many people these days prefer shopping on line like you do.I somehow hardly shop on line, other than for music or film dvds which van be easily selected online unlike clothes..all the best and happy mylotting
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@2wicelot (2949)
12 Sep 11
Thanks.
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
I prefer to go shopping alone because if I shop with someone I'm always thinking that he/she might be tired or might want to go home. However if it's just me shopping, I can go wherever I like. I must admit though that it is fun to shop with someone. Share this concern on www.lifo.com where you can share your tips and views on beauty, fashion as well as celebrity styles.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
22 Oct 11
Hi rowena, thanks a lot for sharing your views I agree with you, I too prefer shopping alone rather than take someone with whom you are not comfortable ...But as you say if there is someone who has similar views and you enjoy each others company it is great fun shopping together - all the best and happy mylotting
@maezee (25329)
• United States
14 Sep 11
I have to be in a certain mood to go shopping, weird as it sounds. I mean, it's fine if we both know what we want - but I need to be in a "browsing" mood if neither of us know exactly what we want, and so I would hope that we would be on the same page. I enjoy shopping with my sister..She keeps me in check and reminds me of what I can afford & what I can't. LOL.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
15 Sep 11
Hi maezee, it is not weird, honestly I too have to get into the mood to go for shopping.I can never go shopping when I have something on my mind ...I too am happy to go shopping with my sister and also my children, they do their own thing, and at the same time I do like consulting them when I am in doubt about something - thanks a lot for your response and happy mylotting
• India
14 Sep 11
Hi kiran8 I really like to go shopping with my dad he really do have a good choice better than me but sometimes when he is out of town i have to go shopping with my friends but they all have really bad choice. When we go to shopping we really think the money we are spending a bunch of money we all think that we should choose the best one that will suit me. and really going movies and lunch with shopping is a great combination.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi mohak,thanks a lot for your response.It is nice to know that you admire your fathers choice and prefer to go shopping with him...Similarly ,I guess daughters prefer to go with their moms since they are able to share things..all the best and happy mylotting
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
hello kiran, i am never a good shopper. i always want another opinion and i do not buy something on impulse. it always has to be the next day. with my daughter, who has great taste in clothes, i always go with her when i need something regarding that. ann
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi ann, that's good ! In fact buying on impulse is a never a wise thing to do, more often than not we regret later.I feel that when we are sure of others selection it is best to go with them , like you do with your daughter...all the best
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
12 Sep 11
Hi kiran8, when I am shopping for myself I like shopping alone. I have more time to decide what I want, I have more time to spend on what I am looking for. Now on the other hand if someone is going shopping for themselves I don't mind tagging alone. I don't get in their way but I am very observant and I like to see what their taste is. Very interesting to me.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi Chevee,I guess you have a lot of patience to tag along, sometimes it can be frustrating ! let me tell you an experience I had with one of my aunts.She wanted to buy a silk cotton mattress for her cot.She wanted me to take her since I drive and could bring the mattress back by car.Off we went and , we went to 4 shops and the price was more or less the same ...finally went back to the one went earlier and picked up the mattress which I had to carry to the car which had been parked quarter km away...Finally after reaching her home we realised that she had brought the wrong measurements and the mattress was small .Again we went the next day....No doubt I was helping her out, but had she asked me to do it by myself, I would have probably done it in fraction of a time, going to one shop where there is parking and buying..
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 Sep 11
i prefer to shop by myself because i can take as much time as i want to.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi cher, the same here.There was a time when I used to go with my cousins and in a large crowd , but end up doing nothing constructive although it would be fun...Nowadays I go only when I need to go and then try to finish it quickly unless I get stuck in a book shop...all the best
• India
12 Sep 11
hi, yes i do like shopping if i have time and money and mostly i go alone for....
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi lalit, thanks a lot for your response,undoubtedly time and money are the most important factors...all the best and happy mylotting
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
12 Sep 11
Hi kiran, I hate shopping. It is disgraceful to me. Only I go to shop when it is not avoided. I'm afraid of crowed. Generally I go to market with my wife. She is so choosy that to select a single item she goes shop to shop. It is just wastage of time and energy. Do you think so?
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
13 Sep 11
Hi bhanu,LOL, you are not alone - most men who responded say that they dont like shopping ! However, I too hate those women who spend hours together to select one single item.I prefer to finish shopping quickly and done with...My friends are always surprised at this, they would have just begun to look at things and I would have already bought and paid for my shopping lol....not sure if that is good or bad in the economic sense !
@bingskee (5238)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
i prefer to shop alone. it gives me freedom or space. with somebody, i would not be able to think, or choose what i like. it would always affect me what others will say.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi bingskee, most people I notice prefer shopping alone...It is the same with me and I too feel that it is better to buy personal stuff alone...thanks a lot for your response and all the best
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
12 Sep 11
When I go shopping, I usually go with a group of friends because you can socialize and shop at the same time. It's kinda lonely shopping alone and I get kinda intimidated when I'm alone browsing a rack of clothes and a whole group of friends come to the same rack and start talking amongst each other. But that's just me. I prefer going shopping with buddies because we can ask our friends if the clothes look alright and we can exchange opinions. They also help me make decisions whether I should buy something but they usually just say if you like it then buy it! =)
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi Triple, most youngsters prefer going in groups for any kind of social outing whether it is shopping,watching movies,eating out or just hanging out at the mall - it is understandable and one has t make the most of it.As one grows older everything changes with changed life styles,responsibilities and stress - all the best
• India
12 Sep 11
ya who dont like to shopping very rare ppl dont like it but im not out of that i like shopping but i want sum1 with me as the situation and reason of shopping i take my hubby or friend for shopping but while shopping i have lot of fun what to and what not to buy because i m fully confused so i take sum1 with me for helping me i enjoy shopping
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
14 Sep 11
Hi sheetal, thanks a lot for your response , Once in a while going out with your family and friends for shopping is nice.It can be a lot of fun trying out outfits and looking through dresses and sarees even if you don't buy anything, I see most ladies doing that much to the disappointment of the sales persons and the shop owner - all the best and happy mylotting
@SIMPLYD (73925)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
i always prefer to shop alone, because from experience my husband and daughter would always tell me that i take too long in choosing what to buy specially clothes and shoes. But i do enjoy shopping with them, if it's them i will be buying for.
@kiran8 (14475)
• Mangalore, India
13 Sep 11
Hi SIMPLYD,thanks a lot for your response I guess many people prefer shopping alone since it gives us more freedom to select and take our own time !But shopping with family can be fun ...all the best and enjoy your evening