Thursday, August 22, 2013

Shop it Like you Mean it

The urge for shopping seems to run in people's blood here. Back in 2008 when the crisis gave a kick in America's economy butt, the only places where you couldn't notice it were the shopping malls - Friday through Sunday finding parking in a mall would still be a challenge.

Love for shopping, deals and spending money on a stuff that ends up not being used/touched/worn more than once molded the way businesses increase their profits and customers happily empty their pockets.

Is there a FREE movies showing in the park? Bet you there will be at least 3 food trucks making sure you stay hydrated and full. Going to the Dodgers game? Keep an eye for a super special deal at a gift store on your way in and out for baseball hats and sweatshirts at ridiculous prices that will make you feel like you're buying an expensive brand piece of clothing. 2 for 1 anyone? It's just like those stadium hot dogs, you just can't say "no" to them.

Good or bad, I am not here to judge. I am here to observe, report and avoid being manipulated as hard as I can. It doesn't always happen easily, because all those magnets, cards, keychains and bottle openers sure do look and wink at you. I mean, who can resist getting a $20+ cotton shirt with your favorite (or not so much) team, artist or event that you are never going to wear again? Even Olivia Wilde couldn't!


  1. Yep, there is opportunity for incredible deals everywhere on- and offline. And if you run out of money, you can be sure they'll talk you into enrolling for their store credit card for an extra 10% off.
    I'm glad you're just an observer and can resist being "Americanized" ;)

    1. So true, Dan! Don't even start me on those store credits and exclusive member discounts, I have fallen a victim of those more than once already...

    2. My wife and I have enrolled for quite a few as well, but mainly to pocket the sign up cash. We usually just use our Chase and Discover depending on where we'll get the most cash back.