Looking for a house is hard work.

In December 2014, I decided that I needed to move to a bigger house. To get that bigger house that I can afford means that I also have to move to a different city. This makes it difficult to tour houses when that other city is 114 miles away.

Or, another shopping story.

Have you ever been so desperate to find something that you would travel afar to find it? How far would you travel on the off chance that you might find it? I kind of went crazy the other day searching for two more of what I found on a previous day so that I would have four of them. No, I won't say what they are/it is.

I'll admit it: I like to shop. Gotta problem with that?

It's nothing to be ashamed of for men or women. Not many men will admit it though.

There are different types of shopping to like: bargains, deals, indulgences, hyperthymia.

Decorated for the fourth year in a row for Xmas.

Keeping up a new tradition that I hadn't practiced for some 30 years prior. This year the tree went up very early. Later in the week, I added some odds and ends and I might put up more later. I have more decorating stuff than I thought I had. Must be from shopping those after Xmas sales.

You have to spend a little to save a lot. Or is it the other way around?

IKEA is notorious for discontinuing items I want without letting me know about it. I mean, c'mon, right? Even though the item is discontinued some of the stores still carry the last remaining stock.

How much of that stuff you and your parents threw out from when you were a kid is now a collectible?

Kicking yourself in the kiester about it? No worries. Time to get on the collectibles bandwagon now. But what things of today will be collectibles tomorrow?

Here are some ideas to consider:

I seem to have this uncanny ability to draw store security to me like a magnet when I am shopping.

Seriously, do I really look like a shoplifter, do I look like Winona Ryder? Hardly.

I think it's my style of shopping. I usually cover most of the store but concentrate on menswear that's on sale, electronics, DVDs and toys. If I have a mental list of what I'm looking for, I sometimes forget what's on my list and stop in the middle of

You know why you end up with so many things you don't use or wear? It's the animal in you.

Your animal wants to hunt and if you are like me, going shopping is like hunting. Look and look and look, then discover and pounce: grab it, bag it, bring it home strapped in safe in your car, put it in your trophy collection - closet, shelf, cupboard, box, out of sight.