Study: Americans Shop 1 Full Week a Year

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Americans really do love to shop.

The average U.S. consumer spends 182 hours shopping each year, according to a new survey from CouponCodes4U.com, a deal website. In total, that means we spend seven and a half full days looking to buy stuff.

“It was interesting to see just how many days the average American spends shopping in a year. Seven and a half days is very high, and over a lifetime that would equate to a lot of time in shopping malls or browsing online,” said Mark Pearson, chairman of CouponCodes4U.com, in a press release.

The site surveyed more than 6,000 people about their shopping habits, and found the average consumer spends three and a half hours shopping each week. However, that’s nothing compared to shoppers in some major cities.

The average person living in New York City, for example, shops for seven hours every week, the most of any major city, according to the study. Meanwhile, consumers in Chicago and Los Angeles each spend more than six hours a week shopping on average.

As high as these numbers may seem, it actually falls in line with previous reports.

According to one Bureau of Labor study, the average woman spends 55 minutes shopping each day, while men shop for 36 minutes every day. That works out to be 6.4 hours and 4.2 hours, respectively.

Interestingly, less than a quarter of those surveyed said they enjoy taking their time when shopping. So if you think 182 hours a year is bad, just imagine how much time we would spend shopping if we really wanted to dillydally.

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