Alcohol and Amazon don't mix: The unbelievable cost of drunken shopping


The only things on my mind when I'm drunk is pizza, spaghetti and how badly I have to pee (in that order, of course).

However, a few of my Snapchat friends' intoxicated minds seem to have other agendas.

It isn't unusual for me to watch someone's Snapchat story on a Tuesday that features them opening random boxes with captions like, "LOL I DON'T REMEMBER ORDERING THIS ON SATURDAY NIGHT" or "LOL SOMEONE TAKE AWAY MY CREDIT CARD WHEN I'M DRUNK!!"

A new Finder.com survey shows my Snapchat friends aren't alone in their drunk spending habits. A third of Americans admit to having shopped under the influence, and that number increases to nearly half for regular drinkers, according to the survey.

And yes, it's as disastrous as it sounds.

Drunk Shopping is Seriously Costly

Drunk shoppers aren't just buying stupid crap, like an umbrella hat or a live lobster to set free.

They're spending significant money on things like clothes, shoes and gambling, according to the survey.

And just how significant, you ask?

The average amount drunk shoppers spend is $139. I'm cringing inside. That's more than my car insurance premium. *facepalm*

Millennials aren't the only ones doing it, either. While they account for 39% of the drunken shopping trend, Gen Xers ring in at 36% and Boomers at 18%.

Men tend to spend over four times as much as women, shelling out an average of $233 per drunk shopping spree. Women spend an average of $54.

Experts identify the convenience of online shopping, including one-click purchasing, to be a major driving factor behind intoxicated purchases.

Can't we do something else while drunk? Like karaoke? Seriously.

RELATED: Rules to follow when shopping online

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1. Make sure that the website you are ordering from is secure
"Many websites will have a seal at the bottom stating that the website is indeed secure and will not make your information public under any circumstances. A site that has 'https://' at the beginning of their web address as well as a padlock symbol is typically a site to trust." -My Broken Coin
2. Search for product reviews beforehand
"Returning items to online stores can be a major hassle. So why not find out what others think of the product before you purchase it online? For example, before buying a new laptop, search for comments and complaints associated with the brand. If there are more negative reviews than positive, and the same problem is reoccurring, then it may not be a brand worth investing in. This will save yourself from buying something that would have to be returned to the store soon after receipt." -My Broken Coin
3. Look for promo codes before checking out
"Who doesn't like saving money, especially on necessities? Almost every retailer will have some sort of promotion available, so ensure you look for one before purchasing. You may not find every code useful or relevant to your purchase, but there are plenty out there that could save you money. So, before you check out ensure you search your retailer for voucher codes and see how much you could save." -My Broken Coin
5. Check and double check your shopping cart
"When shopping online, it's incredibly easy to get side-tracked and accidentally add things into your shopping cart. For example, you may double click on an item and not notice that you've order two of it until it's too late. As well as this, if you've visited a site before but abandoned your cart before purchasing, the site will sometimes have saved your items when you visit again. Thus, it's incredibly important that you double check what you're buying." -My Broken Coin
6. Track your order
"Many sites give you the option to track you orders. This is especially handy when you need your order by a specific date (before Christmas, in time for a birthday party, etc.). Stay on-top of your order's location at all times, including the cities that it is arriving in and departing from every day. A lot of online trackers go through FedEx or UPS and are typically very accurate." -My Broken Coin
4. Price-match whenever possible
"Price-matching and price-comparison is the one of the best strategies for saving money while shopping online, as you will be able to purchase items that you otherwise would not have been able to afford. Retailers are in constant competition with each other to offer the best price and product to customers, so find the one that's offering the best deal." -My Broken Coin
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5 Things to Do Instead of Drunk Shopping

If you feel so inclined to blow massive amounts of money that you'll regret the next day, don't worry — I've come up with five things you can do instead that won't cost you a thing!

1. Go to bed. You're drunk.

2. Reflect on the embarrassing decisions you made tonight.

3. Delete the photos and videos that made your Snapchat story 90 seconds long. (You're probably going to do it tomorrow anyways, so why not get ahead of the game?)

4. Find something in your fridge to melt some cheese on.

5. Wash your face. (You're welcome for the reminder.)

In all seriousness, though, blowing a chunk of change while drunk isn't exactly a smart financial move. If you're tempted to make major purchases after drinking, doing proactive things beforehand, such as deleting shopping apps from your phone, can help you resist.

Your Turn: What's the craziest purchase you've ever made while intoxicated?

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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