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THE average Irish person spends more than 16 days a year shopping.

And the majority of us will spend four full days out shopping between now and Christmas Eve, an online poll of 1,000 men and women has shown.

Most of us spend more than two hours a week in the supermarket, shopping for food.

This includes a big weekly shop as well as popping into the local store almost daily for a newspaper, one-off purchases and fresh items.

Buying clothes and shoes in local shopping centres and on the busy city streets takes an average of two hours a week, with more dedicated followers of fashion prepared to shop around to find the best look and price - particularly at the weekend.

Some admitted to spending hours browsing through the rails before finding the outfit of their dreams, while others liked to shop around to find the best deal, according to the poll conducted by new money-saving website www.promocodes.ie.

"We love to shop, or at least browse around the shops. It seems to be a hobby for a lot of people," said Shem Douglas from the Dublin-based website.

"But for some, shopping can be a chore, especially if it's something like food shopping.

Chore

"That's why more and more people are looking at the online option.

"It saves them time and cuts this boring task out of their weekly schedule.

"Comparing prices online is gaining in popularity, which is great."

Christmas is the busiest and most stressful time of year for shoppers, the poll found.

fdillon@herald.ie


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