And yet, between sponsored posts on social media and "revenge spending," they are nearly impossible to avoid.
As the cost of living surges and more Americans say they are stretched too thin amid concerns about a possible recession, they're dipping into their cash reserves and nearly half are falling deeper in debt.
Shoppers now spend $314, on average, a month on impulse buys, up from $276 in 2021 and $183 in 2020, Slickdeals found.
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Pandemic shopping changes boosted impulse buys
To be sure, the pandemic has changed the way people spend money.
"Consumers abandoned ingrained shopping habits, hurtling ecommerce into hyperdrive," according to an analysis by McKinsey & Company.
Americans are spending more on clothing, travel and experiences, the report also said, and are now conditioned "to believe they can get whatever they want, whenever they want."