Shopping – The Difference between Males and Females

As I have been sitting at home over the last few days I have been thinking….. Mostly random thoughts….. One thought that came to mind may seem a little sexist. However I thought I would pose the question here.

The random thought I had was about when items are on sale how do males and females see this. I know that I often focus on the total cost, not really thinking about the savings. I also know some people think about the savings. I have been wondering if this is a Male-Female thing or if it related to the fact that I manage the finances for the household?

What do you think?

If you are male, do you focus on the savings or the total cost when items are on sale?

If you are female, do you focus on the savings or the total cost when items are on sale?

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Posted on Sunday, 16 Sep 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Bonsoir, when I decide to to go shopping, or even better, when I see something that I like, all I care about is THE TOTAL LOOK and the aesthetic side of the chosen item… I am aware of the fact that once you decide to buy something, you cannot save! I believe I am not rich enough to buy cheap things. I don’t go shopping often. On the contrary, I really have to like the things I decide to buy and the DESIGN together with the QUALITY are the criteria for my decision to buy something. I love glasses, ties and shoes… Everything else is less important!

  2. Don’t care about savings, though they factor. I shop for what I need or want – when I shop I’m on a mission to get it done and unless I can save what I’m worth in the business market per hour, I won’t bother. My free time has value and I’d rather spend a little more to have more free time.

  3. I manage the finance at home, and it would depend on my mood and how I see the sale that appeals to me based on needs. With inflation of prices on daily items, saving a few cents when the trip to get it is much further away is not worth the buying. Great sales for daily needs and the sale is not often, I would go the extra in spending and in mileage to save at long term even if the cost would be higher for the purchasing. Plus I am not one that enjoys shopping unless it really a must, thus if i can save time as well, I will.

  4. Savings or no savings tend not to enter the scope of my shopping. Not because I’m not concerned about cost, but I’m more concerned about the process. Shopping seems to be fun for some. I know it was for my wife (she is in heaven now). Fun shopping takes time. It’s like the difference between modern hunting and hunting way back in the day. Modern hunters like the process. They like their time in the woods. Way back in the day the hunt was about survival. That’s how I shop. Stalk it. Bag it. Tag it. Drag it back to the lair. Get back to things I enjoy. After all that, in the end, I come down on the side of total cost.

  5. I am visiting you as a result of a nudge from Loren at Future World blog. I think I shop a bit more like a man than a woman, which is surprising because I’m quite a girly girl (ok woman!). I only buy what I need. I’m not an impulse shopper. I also play this game: I see what I want in a store and note the price, then I watch it week on week. When it goes down, I buy it! There are risks to this procedure because sometimes they sell out and I miss out! Other times I get a bargain. I rarely buy ‘sale’ goods because I think that’s what they really are: goods produced to sell cheaply rather than good goods reduced.

  6. I think it’s not about what you buy but how much you buy it? Your hypothesis is a generalisation. Ultimately it depends on the level of income, the thought process I think.
    I have recently discovered that most of my money is spent on food and driving. My biggest savings come when I very occasionally buy clothes (crucially I can always wear these garments again). 🙂

    • Thank you for your insight on the Matter

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        Have you reached a conclusion?

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        I’m curious, have you reached a conclusion? I would be very interested to know what your research shows.

      • I am interested in Politics…. Have been since a young person. Not sure why. I will do another blog soon on the feedback I received on the Shopping Blog…. It has been very interesting.

  7. Female here. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t really count grocery shopping as “shopping” since it has to be done quite regularly and is more of a chore. However if it is shopping for anything else it counts. I like to use coupons and I shop sales, especially clearance. I have little kids and know about what size they ought to be the next year so I plan my purchases for some things a year in advance. For example, I recently bought my four kids swimming suits for next year and spent $24 plus tax by buying at the end of the season clearance. If I had bought them during the summer it would have cost me $76. That is what I could call great savings, a great total price and a great value all rolled into one.

    Typically we shop sales with very definite ideas of what we want to buy. I will gather up an armful as I shop and then at the end evaluate what I have found, how much total it will be, and then prioritize the items until I reach a price with which I am comfortable.

    I confess I will occasionally spend my “savings” on something else, like someone already mentioned. LOL!

  8. I’m female, and definitely focus on more than the savings. Also, probably because I do a lot more shopping online, it’s a lot easier to research as to better overall value.

  9. My first inclination is to focus on the savings, but then…sometimes it can get out of hand when you’re thinking about what a good deal it is…so I’m careful to pause and think if I *really* need it or I’m just excited because of the discount.

  10. Hi ! I am a female and shopping like this : a saving is a real one only if the item is usually on the shopping list and costing less than the usual price. Savings also works when buying a bigger piece of equipment like a fridge, a bed and there are sellers offering a product of known value for a price lower than the market. Otherwise it is just marketing getting people to buy more and consume more than they really need to.
    Another point : I have learnt over the years to stop spending on cheap items lasting a few weeks. I know invest in items with a better quality and life shelf. At the end of the day I am satisfied by the investment, satisfied by the buy and feeling better because I gave myself something of real value. My wallet gets better to, I shop less often, I do research before buying on the brand, the products, the prices on the market and my buys last longer ex: clothes and shoes.
    Enjoyed the topic ! Thanks for posting !

  11. I tend to think of the savings… and then, rather embarrassingly, what else I can buy with what I have saved.

  12. If there is something I need (want), I’ll look around for a good price. Mostly I hate shopping though so I probable don’t often find the best price.

  13. I think of the final cost. Just because something is on “sale” doesn’t mean that it is the best price. That being said, if it is an item I need and also at a price I can afford, I will get as many as I can. Some people get caught up in the sales frenzy and forget to evaluate whether they really need the sales item at all, or need as many as they buy.

    Sometimes I know of an item I need and watch the market until the price is low enough to buy the item at a significant savings. This especially works for larger ticket items that need to be replaced periodically.

  14. I am female and look at the final cost. Just because an item is on “sale” doesn’t mean it is at the best price; it could be a sales tactic. That being said, if I find an item on sale at a good price that it something I need, I will try to buy as much as possible in order to save money. I can understand that some people get caught up in the “how much I saved” mode and forget to evaluate whether they need that item at all.

  15. I shop at an exceptionally expensive men’s clothing store – because their clothing fits properly on those who are physically fit. I wait for the sales because I can’t afford the clothes full price. I don’t care how much I save.

    That said, the act of being offended by something one believes is sexist, is sexist in and of itself.

  16. I guess the way we perceive a sale depends on our conditioning through life. I agree with the excellent comment of Susanne. But I also believe that our feelings would remain a function of our situation in the moment and what needs we have in the top recall bracket.

    Thank you.

    Shakti

  17. I think we are all different regardless of our gender in the example you gave and think that it would be more a matter of the way one looked at money rather than shopping habits. That being said, I think that there is a learned difference in shopping habits between men and women. Women seem to find shopping relaxing, an activity whereas men tend to be more purposeful when shopping. I say it is learned because I think that women have been conditioned to be ‘consumers’ and can fall prey to advertising spin – the classic example is the notion that all women like to shop for shoes, which is untrue. It is as a result of number of different factors that perpetuates this myth.

    I don’t think that gender plays a part in someone’s perpentisty to either save or spend, but more a reflection on their values.

    • Thank you for your comments Susanne. I like the way you have directed the conversation to values rather then gender. I would have to say that I agree with your outlook. Thank you

  18. i have always thought, that a lot of males are better shoppers, because they do not do it often, and therefore, take their time looking at prices and sizes, where females do it without even thinking and are eager to try something new, to get away from the routine of the same meals, as far as grocery shopping goes

  19. I guess I am not the typical female, but I would be focused on the total value of the item. I would be thinking about what I am willing to pay. Sometimes a sales item is not worth it and often it just ends up as junk. I watch my pennies and I am willing to pay more for value. Now you have to add one more option to the question, value. 🙂

  20. I’m female and had a career in finance, so I manage our household finances. I focus on the total cost and I avoid shopping as much as possible. I’ve never been to our area mall, lol!

  21. Whenever I think of saving, I end up spending more than I otherwise would have 🙁

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