Dos and Don'ts of Shopping with Friends
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By Alison Singh Gee
What could be more fun than spending the day shopping with your best friends? Actually, don’t answer that. We all know that shopping with pals can potentially be full of pitfalls and hurt feelings. We talked to William Cane of Manhattan Makeovers and got his tips for making your next girls' day at the mall a peaceful one.
Plan Ahead2 of 11
Before you even set foot in a shopping center, it's vital that you discuss where you'll shop, how many stores you’ll visit, and—if the area is spread out—how you'll get from store to store. This provides a mental roadmap that can help you avoid disappointment and confusion later. Also, anticipation is part of the fun.
Pick The Right Location3 of 11
Choose a shopping venue—local mall, retail boulevard or destination shopping center—that has both high- and low-end stores. You and your friends may have different ideas about what's affordable and what's too expensive.
Keep The Group Small4 of 11
If you shop with five or more people, then you won't have the same flexibility that you would if you opt for fewer friends. Smaller groups—from two to four—allow you to make decisions more quickly about when to leave a store, where to go next in the store and when to take a refreshment break.
Reconnect & Refuel5 of 11
Big department stores know how important it is for shoppers to have enough energy to spend (literally), which is why they have snack bars and restaurants in the store. Take advantage of the convenient eateries and use the time to check in and chat with friends.
Give Compliments6 of 11
Say nice things to your friends when they try something on: This will encourage them to enjoy the experience and be more adventurous. But if something doesn't look good on them, then let them know as tactfully as possible. Try to suggest something else that would look better: "I think I prefer the black jacket rather than this one."
Don’t Critique Purchases7 of 11
It's good to tell your pals how you feel, but voice negatives before they spend their money. Once they have made a purchase, keep negative comments to yourself. Otherwise, you'll spoil their fun and excitement about what they purchased.
Don't Upstage8 of 11
When your friends go to the mirror to look at an item of clothing, don't jump in front of them to look at yourself in the mirror. If you must look at the same time, then stand behind them.
Treat Each Other9 of 11
Don't break the bank, of course, but if you can afford it, then buy something that you see your friend admiring—something like a hat, scarf or pair of gloves. She'll always remember that act of camaraderie and generosity.
Don’t Shop Till You Drop10 of 11
Too often, people keep shopping past their limit, expending both mental and physical energy. So, stop while you still have gas in the tank. A four-hour day, including a lunch break, is ideal.
Make It Memorable11 of 11
If you take photos while shopping together, then you can talk about them later. Even without photos, it's a good idea to call your friends and talk about what you accomplished. Reminiscing is just as much a part of the fun as anticipation, and it provides another way for you to enjoy what you did.