Saw another interesting survey go out the door recently, this time focusing on retail therapy. And just like with the last one we blogged about (the debt between Generation X and Y), you always have to take these with a grain of salt since most are done to help sell/promote a company ;) But nonetheless they’re fun to talk about.
This one comes from the folks at eBates – a cash-back coupon site which I’m sure plenty of you know about and/or have used – who state:
“More than half (51.8%) of Americans engage in retail therapy — 63.9% of women and 39.8% of men shop to improve their Mood”
With the #1 item women tend to buy being clothes, and the #1 item for men being food. Here’s the chart with their complete findings, based on the whopping 1,000 adults they surveyed ;)
Now I can’t talk for the women here ‘cuz, well, I’m not a woman (though I must say it certainly follows the stereotype!), but I can certainly speak for the guys. And I’d say it seems to be right on target, though for me it would look a little more like this:
- Random adventures
I’m not one to get overly excited about electronics or movies/games/toys, but I’d def. blow through some money on alcohol and hanging out with friends – which would then inevitably lead to random (and expensive) adventures the more we went on ;) And/or piles of coins or hoodies, haha…
Luckily though I rarely go down that route anymore ‘cuz I’m an old
fart dad and I’m always hustlin’. So realistically I’d probably just go on a long walk or watch tons of House Hunters International and other addicting HGTV shows instead to calm down. All of which is not only cheaper, but I also then don’t have to explain where I’ve been for the past 24 hours a la The Hangover ;)
So that’s me anyways. Gone are the days of shopping to feel better (4 years and counting!) and I think I’m much better for it. A bit more boring, perhaps, but def. better for the wallet and new daddy lifestyle.
How about you? What do you do when you get upset about something and need a quick fix? What do you end up buying if you go shopping?? Make sure to call me up next time if you’re feeling generous – I’ll drive!
(Photo by andrewarchy)
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!