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Do You Spend More When You Shop With Friends?

Whether we like the stereotype or not shopping is a pretty common pastime for some women.

I always think it's nice to have someone nearby to help you second guess your purchases, but my best friend often complains she buys more when she's shopping with a friend. Maybe it's the compliments, or maybe it's that window-shopping feels silly when you are with another person, but if you're not careful, you can end up battling buyer's remorse.

Do you spend more when you shop with friends or do you stay strong to your budget and what you set out to buy (or not buy)?

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ScrabCak ScrabCak 8 years
I usually spend WAY more when I'm on my own. I'm good at controlling myself, but when I'm out with a girlfriend I find out what they think and then think more critically about what I'm buying.
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
It depends on what friend. Some friends and I are really good at convincing each other not to buy things we don't need.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
No because it's not fun for me to shop with people. I would rather just take my time and look at everything and try everything on and make my own judgements. Shopping with friends just takes longer and, honestly, is really boring. So i just kinda stand there waiting for them to buy crap and hoping we can leave the store asap. I would rather just hang out and talk to my friends without the store distraction. And some stores are as bad as bars now with the loud music! Not enjoyable at all.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I tend to buy less when I'm with my friends because they either have bigger budgets than me, are really bad at giving me fashion advice, or they don't shop in stores that I share the same taste in.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I shop more with friends because of course everything I try on with them looks so cute. I normally go alone and pick up what I need and go home. Also, with friends they tend to want to eat lunch at expensive places like The cheesecake factory and while shopping alone I can grab a salad or sandwich to go.
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
I don't go shopping too often. But when I do, I'm going specifically to buy new clothes. And so having a friend there helps me to have more confidence in my purchases, which makes me more willing to buy something. However, if we end up at the mall for their shopping needs, I tend to hold back on spending as much as possible. The only thing I end up buying then are a few more tank tops from H&M (they go great under everything!)
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 8 years
I spend less or nothing at all. When I go with friends they usually want my opinion on what to buy and I try to help them find something. Also it takes me a long time to decide on what I really want or looks good sometimes I see something and don't get it then I think about it and go back to the store another day for it.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I always spend more because I hate to shop and only shop when I am with my friends. :shopping:
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I actually spend less... I tend to over think my purchases with my pals and end up putting stuff back more than I do when I am alone.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I always spend at lest double the amount when I shop with my friends, mainly because my friends encourage spending money lol.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I buy less or nothing at all. I'm too busy gabbing to focus on buying anything.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i don't like shopping for myself with friends. i'd much rather act as the sounding board for them, or just browse together. i can't focus on finding what i need when i'm with other people. on a funny note, i had a lady behind me in line try to talk me into an impulse sunglasses purchase the other day. i was thinking, "this is why i don't go shopping with people!" ha.
agnellina agnellina 8 years
I usually end up buying less or nothing when I'm shopping with friends. My friends though, for some reason, always end up buying more with me. I think it's mostly because I'm a very patient and un-complainy person and doesn't have anything to do with money.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
I end up buying very little with a friend around because I don't want to look like a big shopaholic. And yes, I really do focus less on the merchandise when I'm busy chatting away with someone. Also, if we're looking for completely different things, like if I'm petite and my friend's plus size and a store doesn't have both sizes, one doesn't stay too long in that store out of consideration for the other, and that makes it harder to find something, too.
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 8 years
I can not shop with friends. I either up buying nothing or I buy stuff I wouldn't normally buy. If I am going to go shopping then I much prefer to go it alone. No distractions and I can focus. :-)
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
Shopping w/the bf is actually the worst though as we both have gadget obsessions!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, I practically buy nothing when I shop with friends. I'm too busy socializing with them to pay attention to the merchandise. When I shop alone or online is when I spend serious amounts of money. :)
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I usually spend less when I'm with people. This is why I hate shopping with other people, but why I should always go with a friend.
stephley stephley 8 years
I do end up buying more when I'm out with my friends. They make more and don't have childen and soo enjoy their shopping that I tend to get caught up in the mood.
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