Is it better to shop alone? Typically, I would say no. I welcome the advice, suggestion and opinion of friends when I pick out clothes or decorating items for my home.
I have on too many occasions, bought a new shirt or pair of pants only to get them home and question my decision. My buyer’s remorse can last for days until I realize that if I can’t decide if I like the item or not, then I probably don’t really like it.
Shopping mantra #1: If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.
If I buy it without loving it, I will have to take the time to return it. This could have been avoided if I had just brought a friend.
I have learned from experience that it is better to wait for a time when I can shop (or return something) without my kids (better for everyone involved) but it is not always possible.
For this reason, I am usually pretty good and picking out gifts before I need them but this year, my husband’s birthday crept up on me and suddenly I realized that I have nothing to give him for his special day.
So I pack snacks and juice boxes to keep my kids busy and quiet in the store, and we load into the car for the task at hand, to find a perfect gift for Daddy.
Despite my best introduction of the “shopping adventure,” my boys complain the entire fifteen-minute drive to the destination.
They don’t want to shop. I am determined to stay positive. Let’s just get this done.
As we enter the store, we are quite a group.
I have already bribed my three-year-old with his first snack just to get out of the car. He is standing next to the nine-year-old because for the moment, they are not poking each other.
This is not true for the seven-year-old, who is standing on the other side of me, poking his older brother behind my back every chance that he gets.
The cold air conditioning hits us as we enter the store, rescuing us from the sweltering 100 degree weather outside. Glancing behind me, I catch the sever-year-old it mid-poke. I shoot him a disappointed scowl.
With my first step into the store, I know my time is limited and I head directly towards the men’s clothing.