Awhile back I wrote a post about shopping with kids. While that by far is the most difficult of all shopping scenarios, I realized that shopping with your husband can get a bit tricky too. While he won’t be playing hide-n-seek in the clothing racks or rolling around on the floor (hopefully), you have a very short window of opportunity before he starts getting bored.
Another dilemma is that he’s right there next to you to see what you’re spending. However, play your cards right and you can still have a successful shopping experience. Your hubby may even have a little fun (though he probably won’t admit it)! Here are a few tips on how to take your husband shopping:
1. Have a lunch date first
Have you noticed that most of my shopping tips begin with a nice lunch? It’s always fun to relax and have lunch before you start shopping but you definitely want to do it when your hubby is with you! Everybody knows that a well fed man is a happy man.
2. Stop at the bar
If it weren’t for a very well placed bar, I probably never would have gotten my one beloved pair of Louboutins. Let me just say that Vegas knows what they’re doing! Be patient and let your hubby down a few. The more he has, the easier it will be to convince him that yes, you really DO need that pair of stupidly expensive shoes! Note: Big bonus points if it’s a sports bar!
3. Make sure there’s a Brookstone
I’m usually able to shop as long as I want if there’s a Brookstone or other gadget store nearby. Those places may as well just rename themselves Toys R Us For Men! Just the massage chair alone can keep my husband happy for a good 10 minutes!
4. Swing by Victoria’s Secret
No explanation needed here! However, I will make note of the fact that my credit card hating husband told me that he wouldn’t mind if I got a VS credit card. I jumped at the chance and what did I buy? More yoga pants and pink t-shirts, of course! Not sure that’s what he had in mind.
5. Send him on an errand (preferable to buy an Auntie Anne’s pretzel)
My husband would much rather do this than just sit around waiting. Plus, who doesn’t love Auntie Anne’s pretzels? Those things are a twisted piece of heaven!
6. Keep moving
If you stop for too long, the boredom sets in (much like when you shop with kids). Try to move quickly and don’t stay in one store for too long.
7. Be sure that his smartphone is fully charged
This is something you’ll have to check on ahead of time. If my husband has his smartphone with him, this buys me all kinds of time. He’ll find a comfortable bench and check his fantasy football scores and play that strange Viking war game that he has on his phone.
8. Spread out your spending
This is key! If you immediately buy a $300 Kate Spade bag, you’re husband is going to want to leave sooner than later! Pace yourself (you can always come back later) and don’t overspend. This is not the time for bigger budget items…save those for when he’s not with you (unless you can sneak it in while he’s heading to Auntie Anne’s). If you do have to make a big purchase, don’t forget to use your Man Math!
9. Plan a golf outing
If all else fails, just plan a golf outing for him and a friend and go shopping on your own. Isn’t this really the easiest option anyway? Now go get that Kate Spade bag you had your eye on!