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How Much Shopping You Do - Response to Word Challenge

Umesh is a freelance writer contributing his creative writings on varied subjects in various sites and portals in the internet.


Every week, Brenda Arledge gives us a word to create creative content on that topic. This time for week-41 she has given us the challenge to write on 'Shopping'. This is an interesting topic as we all do the shopping and it is, of course, an integral part of our routine household requirements and activities. Shopping is a wide term in the sense that it can be for our basic needs or for our specific individual needs like fashion style, show off, special get up, and other such various indulgences. This article tries to bring out the various categories of shopping and their levels.

Basic shopping

Basic shopping whether it is online or offline is a necessity for many of us to get our consumables and other necessary items for running our household activities like cooking, living, and maintaining the house. Some people do it once a week or some do it on a monthly basis while there are many who do some shopping daily or on alternate days to bring home the various items for consumption. It is common to find the working people doing a bit of shopping while returning to house in the evening. I have seen many working ladies doing it in the evening while returning home from their work. Nowadays, many shopkeepers deliver various goodies at a regular interval to the nearby households giving them relief from going to the market for necessary shopping for items especially the food items like milk, vegetables, and other such perishable items.

Shopping: Level-1

So far so good. We all have to do some basic shopping for the day to day requirements in our household. This form of shopping is actually part of the regular household chorus and there is nothing unusual in it. The next level of shopping is the requirement of clothes, shoes, novelty items, miner furniture and fixture items, and other items which are generally bought at intervals like a few months. These shopping fall under the essential and necessary items in our lives and we go for them occasionally as per our requirement and I must say that there is nothing unusual about them also.

Shopping: Level-2

Let us move to the next level of shopping which is basically the result of our whims and fancies. For an example, a person is just walking on the pavement and glances at some item in the shop window and gets attracted to it and then he gets a momentary impulse for buying that item because he liked the design or he thought that it was so beautiful. Incidentally, he had money also to spare for that item. In such cases generally, the buyer doesn't bother whether he really requires that item or not. The simple thing in his mind was that he had money and he liked the item and he wanted to buy it and finally bought it and took it with him to his house.

Many people are having good experience with this type of buying especially those who have money and who get attracted to nice and beautiful designs, in showrooms or shop windows, which are well within their reach.

Shopping: Level-3

Now, this is time to move to another level of shopping where the people get bored with what they have with them in their houses and depending on their financial condition try to replace them with the new items discarding or donating the old items to the needy. These people are strongly influenced by the fashions around in the town or the country and try to go along with that. These people are generally from the upper strata of the society and most of them are significantly rich to afford it.

Shopping: Level-4

The story does not end as there are other levels of shopping also and the one which I feel next is when people do shopping just for passing the time and enjoying their shopping experience. These people already have a large inventory of household goods in their houses but still, they will go and buy something more and will be happy with their shopping tours. Eventually, they will have a lot of clutter in their houses but they will keep doing shopping and of course, most of these people are quite rich and they do not bother with the expenses. If they don't feel like going out shopping they will simply visit the internet sites and find out their choice of items and order online for them. They will spend a lot of time on the internet while deciding that and it could be sometimes more than the time incurred in the physical shops or stores.

Fun shopping

Shopping addiction

Sometimes shopping becomes an addiction and the people who have got it can not able to control their shopping urge and whenever they return from the market they will have a lot of bags in their hands and they will toss them on the beds or drawing-room table to sort them later only after a cup of tea or coffee.

Some people feel that they should do shopping as per the requirement and need while others feel that shopping is a pleasure and if they have money they will shop whatever they like. Different people have different outlook for the shopping.

Those who are addicted to shopping many times take vows that next time they will control themselves but as soon as they enter the big stores or shops they simply start collecting items in their carts.

Shopping and industries

The shopping frenzy is directly related to the industrial boom. It is the shopping only on which the industries thrive. If everyone in the world becomes too disciplined and goes for only the basic shopping then industries would be in loss as the sales would plummet. It is obvious that good sales are there due to the people who shop on the drop of a hat. Many of us feel that shopping more than our need is a wastage of our hard-earned money but some amount of shopping is required to be there for the progress and development of industries which are producing a large variety of merchandise for the use of people who can afford them. The business world will always look up to the people who like and do good amount of shopping.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Umesh Chandra Bhatt