Dreams about shopping are most likely to be seen by maidens since it is believed that shopping is their favorite hobby. But dreams are not limited to the gender of a person, nor are they limited to our capabilities or anything for that matter.
At times, we wish our life was a dream, but we fail to mention if we want it to be a nightmare or a sweet dream. Make sure to mention this the next time you wish your life was a dream.
Dreams about shopping are mostly sweet ones unless you run out of money or the shopping center is about to explode.
Let us read in detail what possible meaning this dream can have.
General Meaning of Dreams About Shopping
The general meaning of this dream could be as simple as wanting to change your lifestyle, or it can be as complicated as making a decision based on the options you have.
Typically, we shop to change, may it be our attire, lifestyle, appearance, or house. We’d always be changing something when we go shopping, but that’s not just what it’s limited to. It also indicates the flow of profits if you own a business, or it can even be a warning that you are about to suffer a financial crisis.
Moreover, the dream may suggest your indecisiveness when you’re about to make a choice between the options you’ve been given.
To avoid any confusion, you may just pay close attention to the stuff you are purchasing or if you have sufficient funds to purchase them because this has got a lot to do with what your dream is trying to tell you.
Spiritual Symbolism of Dreams About Shopping
Contrary to what it seems, dreaming about shopping is not actually just related to you wanting to go shopping. Just like every other dream, this, too, has some hidden symbolism and meaning, which we are going to discuss below.
Similar to real life, shopping in dreams conveys change. It can be a change in your personality, lifestyle, or a shift in your appearance.
If you’ve seen yourself shopping for wearables, footwear, or a house, this may convey a transformation within yourself. It may also indicate that you want to choose a different and new journey toward your career or relationship.
In addition to that, if you’ve seen yourself purchasing groceries, it might be a sign that you may try switching to a new hobby or trying something new.
Shopping is something that makes us women happy and confident since this is one of the areas where we can make the decisions ourselves which gives us the liberty to choose freely.
If someone has a dream about shopping, it indicates that the person is confident about the decisions they make in their real life.
It can also convey trust in oneself, which means that the dreamer trusts herself with the choices they make and does not hesitate to follow their decision or choice.
Another message that the dream may have is that your subconscious mind is trying to encourage you to be hopeful and confident about what you desire or trying to accomplish.
When you are shopping for groceries in your dreams, it suggests that you are generous and feel for other people’s needs. If you’ve seen yourself purchasing eatables or personal care products that can be associated with your family and friends, it suggests that you have pure intentions and you intend to provide for the needy or whoever needs help.
Moreover, if you’ve dreamt of buying a present for someone, it conveys that you are not only generous towards your near or dear ones but also towards others who are not acquainted with you.
This kind of dream suggests that you do not feel that you are very close to your family, friends, or your partner. You want to get close and improve your relations with them so you people can have a better understanding and can live peacefully.
You might have had some issues going on with your family or friends that keep you distracted, and you are not at peace.
You need to make a little more effort from your end for the sake of your mental peace. However, one-sided efforts do not always work; it’s better you talk and let your heart out about how you feel and how you think things can get better.
At times, you need to buy some items that can fix your mistakes. Sorry, but I’m not talking about the box that you might want to purchase when you’ve murdered someone. It is more like purchasing a gift for someone who you’ve unintentionally hurt and want to apologize for the same.
But it is not what the dream is trying to tell you. What it’s trying to tell you is that there is no point in covering up your mistakes. You must learn to acknowledge and accept them or surrender if the need be. However, I’m sure you haven’t killed someone, have you?
Acknowledging your mistakes is a way to confront yourself about why you did. You must have had your reasons; everybody has their own reasons. If you confront yourself, you’ll be able to get rid of the guilt you’ve buried within, not all at once but slowly and gradually, which in turn will help you in leading your life in a peaceful manner.
Even in real life, if we go to a pawn shop or do not find what we are looking for, we feel disheartened. If you’ve had any such dreams where you’ve visited a pawn shop or do not find what you’re looking for or you see the mall or shops are empty, it sadly conveys bad luck.
It suggests that you’re about to lose something. It can be material or ethereal or may be related to your finances.
Being unsure of which one to choose is a simple shopping procedure. If you’ve dreamt that you are unable to choose among the given options or are not able to make a choice at all, it reflects that you are going through the same in real life.
It seems like you have options to choose from, but you’re unable to do so because you’re not certain of your choices. The decision can be related to your personal or professional life, and not being able to decide that is keeping you at bay.
Common Dream Scenarios of Shopping
Dreaming about shopping isn’t just limited to the word. You can have various scenarios, and some of them are even weird because it’s a dream, and anything can happen.
Below are a few of the common scenarios that you may have dreamt of:
1. Grocery Shopping
As I’ve already mentioned, grocery shopping is related to you being generous, for which I must congratulate you because there are people who’d rather spend their money on expensive phones than on other people who need them. So, you’re one of the few.
Well, now that we are in-depth, another meaning of this dream could be that you yourself need to provide for yourself. I mean, it’s simply a sign that you must take care of yourself and include some fruits and veggies in your diet because, to your subconscious mind, you seem a little weak.
For instance, purchasing apples in your dreams may signify that you should take care of yourself because, as the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But if you’ve seen yourself procuring distilled drinks, you know you need to take hold of your habit of consuming alcoholic beverages.
2. Clothes Shopping
Shopping for clothes, like in real life, means that we want to look different. It conveys the same meaning if you’ve had any such dreams. Although you may be fond of yourself, but you’re looking for a change, a healthy change that can make you feel better.
It may also signify that you want to indulge in an activity that can help you show your true potential.
3. Shoe Shopping
Shopping for footwear is a difficult task in real life. You know, because we have to consider all the paths that we will be taking wearing the same footwear. It kind of has the same symbolization when you dream of purchasing footwear.
It, as it should, signifies a new beginning or new journey. The journey towards your new partner or towards your career. It can convey that you are about to move to a new place or move to someone else’s place, i.e., get married, or might just switch your job in a different state.
4. Shopping on Bookstore
Very few of us go shopping for books, but if you’ve seen yourself shopping in a bookstore, it is an indication that you might need to do a little more research to make the pending decision.
Additionally, if you’ve already made the decision, it could also mean that you are confident about that decision and you’ve given proper thought and consideration to it so that you don’t have to regret it.
5. Shopping Items for a Home
It totally depends on the stuff you have your hands on. If you are about to purchase some sort of home decor item, it is likely to indicate that you want to change the way you present yourself. You want people to look at you with a different perspective than the one they had before.
Whereas if you’ve seen yourself purchasing assets or some furniture, it means that there can be a dynamic or physical change in your family. You can either switch places, shift from the current house to another or it can simply be a change in your relationship with your family.
6. Shopping For Makeup
Typically, we put on makeup in our real lives to hide the spots, the acne, or any blemish on our skin. In the same way, shopping for makeup in dreams means that you are trying to hide something or are guilty about something.
Makeup changes you for the better, and you feel a little more confident. However, what the dream is trying to convey is to be your true self. Do not cover up your mistakes or blemishes so that people can love or accept you without any flaws. Because if they can not accept you with your flaws, you do not need to be accepted by them in any way.
Be real and choose real people that choose you along with your flaws and drawbacks instead of choosing you only for your positive side. Remember, the raw you is the real you.
7. Shopping With Someone
You know, when you’re out alone shopping for yourself and choosing what suits you best, you’re confident about your choices and decisions.
A dream where you’re shopping with someone else depicts that you still rely on people to make your decisions and are not confident enough to stand up for your own self.
Another possible meaning of this could be that you are trying to take opinions and ideas from people so you can make an informed decision so you’ve fewer regrets and even fewer consequences to deal with.
8. Shopping For Someone
Shopping for someone else implies that you have someone to impress, or maybe you just need attention. By shopping for that other person, you want to make them feel and think good about you. You want to show that you are thinking about their well-being.
It can be a reminder for you to look back on your blessings and be thankful for it. You can express your gratitude towards people who have been on your side in your ups and downs and have supported you in everything.
9. Shopping Without Money
If you’re going through a financial crisis, you might have such dreams. Dreams, where you’ve gone shopping without any money or have purchased goods but failed to pay for them, indicate that you’re either about to suffer a severe financial crisis or are currently going through one.
It can be a warning for you to look through your expenditures and save as much as possible.
You can even look for sources of income to deal with the crisis or have your loved ones help you during this time.
10. Shopping at a Mall or Outlet Center
A mall or an outlet store gives you the option to choose from a variety of products; similarly, if you’ve had such a dream, it conveys that you are confused about the choice you should make.
Because of the abundance of options, you are burdened and unable to decide which one would be good for you. While in real life, you should choose your path wisely.
Dreaming about an empty shopping cart symbolizes that you feel a sense of emptiness.
If you’re in the market and are not purchasing anything, it simply means that you are not focused on your goals, and you need to work on yourself.
It indicates that you’re about to perform charity or do something for the needy.
If you’ve seen yourself wearing the second-hand clothes you purchased, it means that you’ll be following a new group or a new teaching.
Shopping seems so positive, but everything has its drawbacks. To be certain of the message that your dream is trying to convey, pay close attention to the details, especially the things you’re buying and the place you’re buying them from.
Now, after reading this, it should be clear as to what decisions you should make and things you should consider.
Sweet dreams, anyway!
An enthusiastic dream journaler who has connected sleep-time visions with real-life occurrences in the past and present, Karandeep believes in tapping into the subconscious and demystifying strengths, insecurities, and deep-rooted desires. Besides identifying the interconnectedness of dreams in his personalized dream journal, he continues to study the significance of celestial objects and their relation to mythological tales that keep modern society intrigued about past civilizations.