In hot pursuit
used to get dropped off at the mall (in my youth) with $20 in hand (easily-earned, untaxed babysitting money), only to be collected again 3 or 4 hours later with very little to show for it. maybe the occasional accessory, but lunch and a few snacks always munched up my money.
now i shop from home about 80% of the time via the internet. and i won't argue that it takes its toll in the form of shipping, but still, time-wise and even cost-wise, it can't be beat. i don't pay extra for transportation and i can forage in the kitchen if my blood sugar drops, though since i am using almost zero energy, the trusty basal metabolic rate gets no help from my "activity" and my energy reserve, therefore, is barely taxed (i do type at a respectable 70wpm, but that is of little use when a cc has a mere 15 or 16 numbers on it). oh, and tax! - sites/companies that are out-of-state, and have no in-state branches, don't charge me any tax.
with the us average for gas at $3.61 per gallon right now, the act of shopping can be hard on the wallet even before you fall in love with the jeanstopdresssweaterjacket that is just so perfect.
for me, a typical shopping day in the real world easily munches up my $20 again.
on average, how much does the act of shopping cost you, in collateral expenditures?