Karen's & Harry's Results:
You Are a Reluctant Shoppers
You really don't enjoy shopping. For you, it's just another chore.
My did only shopped when he needed something which was only for groceries, gas, or hardware. He never went to the mall for anything.
I like to shop for Christmas presents but when it comes to shopping for myself, I don't. My husband usually does the grocery shopping and gets the gas too so I don't even do that.
You approach shopping systematically. You research what you're going to buy and come prepared with a list. My dad saved and indexed all of his "Consumer Reports" magazines and whenever he was going to buy something, he would always look it up first in his "Consumer Reports" to see what brand or type was recommended. Even at age 89 a few weeks before he died, he looked up microwaves when he decided to buy a new one and I ordered the one he wanted for from Sears. Since he pretty much bought the same groceries every week, I printed out checklists for him that he could use to just check the items he wanted for that week to save him time. It took him a long time to write once he got arthritis in his fingers.
If I mentioned to my dad that we were going to buy something, he would look it up in "Consumer Reports" for me too. I also printed out a checklist for our grocery shopping that we use.
Of all the types, you are the most likely to not buy things you don't need. My dad never thought he bought things he didn't need, but that's debatable. My mom didn't think he needed all the tools he kept buying and the locks that he kept for inventory--I agree with her on that one. Also, he often would stock up on things such as thermometers, heaters and air conditioners so he could have one in each room.
I have a rule not to buy anything on impulse. If I see something I really like, I will think it over for a few days and then if I still want it, I'll go get it. If it's not there, then I just figure I wasn't meant to have it. My husband has learned from me to do this as well. He was an impulse buyer before we were married. I must admit, we do have DirectTV and a computer which are not really necessities but they are our prime outlets for entertainment.
You try to de-emphasize stuff in your life. You find shopping and buying things to be a rather empty experience. My dad never shopped just for the fun it and neither do I. Most of our money is spent on taxes and food. I finally gave in after about 10 years and ordered a new pair of dress shoes but I haven't even opened them yet. I should go buy some new sports bras too, the two I have are worn out but like it says, we are reluctant shoppers.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I take after my dad in many ways so I found this little quiz interesting about shopping. When I answered the questions as my dad would have, his results were identical to mine.
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