Pépé, on the other hand, only shops when he absolutely positively needs something such as a new pair of shoes because his one and only old pair of shoes is literally falling apart. Occasionally, both our needs coincide and we head out for a bout of team-shopping. Team-shopping from previous experience isn’t a good idea but for some reason, we keep forgetting and continue to commit the same crimes.
You see, I will browse through shop after shop until I find what I’m looking for. This sometimes can take a whole day of wandering through shops, picking up several items, trying on several items, not liking several items, heading to the next shop and repeating the process. Pépé tends to head into the first shop, finds something that more or less fits his purpose, purchases it and he’s done. When team-shopping, this just ends up in Pépé breathing louder and louder (on purpose of course) as the day goes on as I browse through rack after rack of brightly coloured garments, handing me any old dress (yellow makes me look sick!) and telling me to just buy something.
For me, it’s not just fulfilling the goal of purchasing, but also the process of getting to that goal (you know, it’s not the destination but the trip…). I like browsing through the racks and shelves, touching different textures and forms, seeing what one store charges for one item and finding it cheaper in another store (bonus!).
Sometimes, despite having a goal (ie. I’m actually looking for something specific), to the horror of Pépé, I come home empty-handed after a long day. However, I can be perfectly happy announcing that I haven’t spent a centime and have actually saved money by not spending! Pépé on the other hand, thinks that I’ve just wasted a whole day by trudging through shop after shop and not even buying anything!