We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Shopping Spree?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A shopping spree denotes a playful and “devil may care” attitude in a single shopping trip where lots of money is spent. A spree can be defined as a carefree or pleasant outing, in the pursuit of purchasing goods. Often, the term is used in a derogatory sense, to comment on the excess spending of either individuals or companies. For example, it was used in a 2003 headline to refer to three German teenagers who managed to spend about €130 million (approximately $166 million US dollars (USD)) in slightly less than two hours, using stolen credit cards. Airplanes and works of art were among their purchases.

In this sense, the spree obviously resulted in arrests and, though it may have been carefree, it certainly could not be defined as pleasant for the people who's money was stolen. A more traditional shopping spree might take place when someone needs to purchase many things at once, as for shopping for holidays. People with extensive means might certainly spend a great deal of money on gifts.

On programs that detail the lives of celebrities, information is sometimes given about celebrity shopping sprees that result in tens of thousands of dollars being spent in a matter of minutes. For most people, such a shopping trip is well outside normal income limits. In fact, spending excessive amounts of money that one really doesn’t have is more the act of a compulsive shopper. Where money and time are available, however, a trip to the stores to buy items that are not strictly necessary can be good fun.

This has, unfortunately, been capitalized on by Internet and telemarketing scammers. Internet sites may offer a gift card worth several hundred dollars in exchange for a small payment or personal information. The card turns out to be worthless or is never sent. Instead the person loses their money or has their identity, bank account, or credit card numbers stolen. These types of scams can result in people losing thousands of US dollars.

In 2006, the US Federal Trade Commission was able to freeze accounts of many of the perpetrators. Because people enjoy the occasional shopping spree, many fall victim to such scams. Scammers capitalized on the consumer’s desire to shop carefree, and many are still trying to recoup their losses.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGeek contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
By anon985925 — On Jan 20, 2015

Well, Black Friday is a good example.

By anon193446 — On Jul 05, 2011

My shopping sprees are always cheap. For example, today i wanted to go shopping. I was sure that i would spend too much money. But i only spent 35 euros and bought two pairs of jeans and one shirt.

You can do a shopping spree and do it cheap. You just have to carefully choose where you shop.

By anon125439 — On Nov 09, 2010

I personally am a woman and hate shopping I buy what I need and get out. As far as feel good stuff goes I do meditation, yoga, and good music always soothes the soul.

By regin24 — On Oct 22, 2010

i absolutely hate shopping. A shopping spree is a waste of money as many unnecessary items are bought.

By anon76898 — On Apr 12, 2010

I'm the same as the guy above.

By kasen — On Oct 06, 2009

Unfortunately, when I'm feeling depressed I tend to spree shop. It always makes me feel better while I'm doing it, then depressing me afterwards when I realize how much money I've spent.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGeek contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.