Shopping alone can be a convenient way to save money at the supermarket and other stores.
Silver researchers and experts say that solo shopping removes the potential distraction of friends and family – especially children – to take your mind off the job.
Studies abroad have found that up to two-thirds of the material we buy has never been intended to be purchased, while a local consumer choice group means shop pairs together often put more in their cart because each person has different opinions on what matters.
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The consumer psychologist and senior lecturer at Deakin University, Paul Harrison, said that shopping with other people is a social experience, and friends may try to impress friends.
"There's a strong study that shows that children you have are probably not the best way to do it – they're interfering with making good decisions," he says.
"However, shopping with a person who is thrifty with money can be a beneficial thing."
If solo shopping, wear some headphones. "Buy a relaxing and relaxing music that will help you make better decisions than if you shop with music and metal playing," said Dr. Harrison.
A spokesman for the Queensland Consumers Association, Ian J. Rath, said that it is often cheaper to buy alone, and consumers should "stick to your list and use unit pricing to assess the value."
Unit prices are a must for grocery items in Australia and show how much the cost of goods per unit of measurement, such as every 100 grams or liter.
The rapid rise of online retailing has made people a more convenient shopping solo, although Mr. Jarrett said it would not make them valuable.
"This is partly due to an emphasis on convenience, and the limited ability to use single pricing due to inaccurate search tools."