The ‘I Hate Shopping’ Shopping Guide

In a few weeks, I have a formal event. Until last weekend, I had no formal dresses. Which only meant one thing: I would have to go clothing shopping. *shudder* I kinda hate shopping.

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As I’m sure you can see in my face above, I don’t think shopping for clothing is very fun. I’ve never liked shopping for clothing for fun. If I’m looking for books, random knick-
knacks, or am on any convention floor I could stay for days. But clothing? Different story.

I don’t like to idly go through clothing racks, I don’t enjoy window shopping, and I don’t try anything on unless I am planning on purchasing it. I go in, find what I need, and get out. However, I do like to “pre-shop” online.

Before I go into any store in person, I always look online to make sure that they have what I want in stock. However, I hate buying clothing online because I don’t like buying something unless I know it fits. T-shirts and shoes are an exception, and I don’t mind buying from Etsy shops because I can usually share my measurements. If it seems like I have a lot of rules for shopping, that would be correct!

Too Many ChoicesI asked my fellow Common Roomies and it turns out that I’m not alone! There are many of us who hate shopping or who would rather shop online. Our two most common complaints are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated because of clothing not fitting correctly. Here are some of our tips to make shopping more bearable.

Pre-Shop Online: Hate going into a store but need to try something on? Look at what stores have in stock online so that you know exactly what stores you need to go to.

Buy Online: If you are okay with returning things that don’t fit, then go ahead and order online! This option isn’t the most convenient for everyone, especially those who have to go to the post office to pick up packages as many apartment buildings don’t have a place to accept them. But if you can swing it, do it!

Make a Plan: If you MUST go into a store, then plan ahead. Go early, especially if you’re going on a weekend. Also, if you’re going to a large store or any department store, it’s worth checking online to see if there is a crazy sale or promotion going on. Sales are better for your wallet, but it does mean that way more people will be there too!

Buy from the Same Stores: That way you know your size. Also, once you find something you like, buy it in different colors! I always get my jeans from Levis because I know my size there and only have to try on one or two pairs to find jeans that fit. Once I find the jeans I want, I usually try to grab two different washes. Then I’m usually set for almost a year before I need new jeans again!

Hit Up Social Media: Not finding what you want in brick-and-mortar stores and websites? Follow your favorite Etsy shops on Instagram and other social media! Many shops will give discount codes to their social media followers.You can also check out shops like Society 6 and Redbubble for unique pieces without the hassle of crowds.

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Do you hate shopping too? Let us know your shopping strategies!

Looking for more shopping talk? Check out our episodes on The True Cost and Sewing 101!


  • Oh, I hate shopping too. There was this nightmare time that I had two days to find an outfit for an interview and I was a complete mess. I definitely do most of these–especially going early to the stores and pre-shopping. I’d love to do more of my shopping online, but I haven’t found any online-only stores that I’m particularly in love with yet.

    • Oof, interview outfits are so tricky! I have so many online stores where I KINDA love everything, but not enough to actually buy it lol. There’s so many options too! Do you have anyplace you usually find new stores from?

  • Pre-shopping online is a LIFESAVER for me. I hate shopping, too, and I find that I do as much of the looking online as I can.

    • Pre-shopping was a game changer for me too :) it just saves so much time!

    • Pre-shopping was a game changer for me too :) it just saves so much time!