Women love to shop
who say that money canít buy you happiness donít know
where to shop!Ē says big time shopper Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
Most women love to shop. There are male shopaholics too,
like Elton John and the late Michael Jackson. Shopping
is supposed to be a stress buster for women, but for
most men it works the other way.
since some of them have to foot the bills? Way back in
time, men had to hunt for food, and once they captured
their prey they returned home. Even now, a man will only
go for necessities and very rarely buy unnecessary
things or just window shop. Whereas women, from
centuries ago, went out in groups to gather items of
food and anything else they deemed useful to the family.
was no set time for this, unlike modern woman who has to
stick to schedules created by jobs, children and home.
They explored for new items to decorate themselves,
their homes or as food. So there isnít much of a
difference from them and us now, is there? Women take a
longer time because they have to look for things for the
entire family and may be restricted to a budget.
Obviously most of the big spenders are very wealthy
people. Take Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer
Lopez to name just a few. Although we canít dream of
ever emulating them, I must say we women love to keep
track of their latest foray into the shops.
personally hate to spend money on overpriced articles,
however enticing they look. If I see something I like,
even in a low priced store, I buy it promptly. There are
some ladies who buy outfits from these shops and put
them away for a year or so and then wear it or else,
they say, everyone on the street is wearing it!
argument is that I think I look much nicer than any of
the other ladies wearing the same thing. So who cares
where you bought it from? I think the real reason is
that they donít want to admit that they patronise these
particular stores. I suppose it must be nice to pick out
anything you fancy without checking the price tag, but
how much can you buy, unless of course you do a regular
clean out of your cupboards?
someone who does a regular clean out much to the benefit
of my kids is my glamorous niece. She says thank
goodness she can give all her stuff to them and not feel
guilty about buying replenishments. Now this girl is
she has a little baby, her trips abroad are somewhat
restricted. So, she has resorted to shopping online!
Apparently, one can purchase items on sale really cheap.
So you donít have to waste time and energy checking out
places, itís all there for you to choose from in comfort
and leisure at home.
ďAuntie,Ē she says, ď Iíve got more organised now. Iíve
got a Little Book with everything all written down, so I
can refer to it when I want to order anything specific.Ē
Hm..., I suppose if you have a perfect figure and almost
anything looks nice on you, and if you can afford it,
why not? Maybe I should try for the plus sizes! But
things like length are crucial for me, since I have to
cover up lots of distensions.
To check it out
Anyway, her latest shopping expedition was due to her
cherub having to add fruit juice to her menu. So she was
off to locate a baby food processor, a juicer, strainer
and organic fruit. When I suggested she referred the
yellow pages and called places up, she replied that she
preferred to check out what was available anyway. Ah, I
thought to myself, another trip to the shops, one of her
favourite pastimes, why deprive her of the pleasure?
Anyway, one of my favourite series of books is the
Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella. Quite hilarious,
and you quite wish you had the nerve she has!
can see how lethal a weapon the credit card is if it is
in the wrong hands. I know quite a few ladies whose
husbands cancelled their credit cards due to
enthusiastic over-use. I think thereís nothing quite
like some retail therapy to cheer you up, provided of
course you stick to your limits and donít either exceed
your budget or get into debt. If you are reaching a
trance-like state, and your eyes are glazing over, beat
a quick retreat!
Honky Tonk Woman