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Shopping Dream Meaning and Symbolism

Last Updated on July 30, 2018

Shopping in your dreams is common and often symbolizes your needs and wants. If you are dreaming of shopping or being in a store, it is helpful to know what this dream means so you can apply this wisdom to situations in your daily life.

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Here are some of the common meanings of shopping in your dreams:

Choices and Options: Do you have a lot of choices and options while shopping? Is there something in your life where you need to make a choice or decision?

Needs and Desires: Do you know what you want and what you need? Are you getting what you want out of life?

Shopping Cart: To see a full shopping cart in your dream symbolizes that you are fulfilling you needs. To see an empty cart symbolizes indecision or lack of fulfillment.

Finances: Are your finances in good order? Does shopping make you worry about money? Your shopping experience in your dream may reflect your financial situation.

Seeking a Solution to a Problem: To be searching for something while shopping symbolizes your need to find a solution for a problem. Are you able to find what you are looking for at the store? Do the items you are shopping for solve a problem you are facing?


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What Are You Shopping For?

In addition to knowing the general symbolism for the meaning of shopping, you may also wish to pay close attention to what types of store you are shopping at in the dream.

Grocery Shopping: To be shopping for groceries symbolizes that you are trying to provide for others. Groceries could indicate a need for nourishment or making better decisions about your health and food. If you are dreaming about apples, that certainly could have a different meaning than if you are shopping for alcohol in a dream, since one is considered to be healthy and the other one is not!

Clothes Shopping: To be clothes shopping in a dream symbolizes your image, or how you may be trying to change your appearance. It may also symbolize that you are looking for a solution so that others view you as your true self or see your full potential. Shopping for clothes could mean you are trying to decide on how to present yourself to others.

Shopping at a Book Store: A book store can mean that you are looking for information in order to make a choice. You may be looking for something that gives you confidence with knowledge. Understanding what it means to dream about books can also give you some further insight into what your dream is about.

Shopping for a Home or Home Improvement Items: If you are shopping for a house or furniture, it can be helpful to understand this in a dream. For example, dreaming about buying a house could mean you are looking at different options for yourself to make some changes in life. Learning about what a house means in dream interpretation can be useful. You might also want to look at different parts of a house, such as furniture or other decorative items.

The type of store you are shopping at can often give you a lot of clues. Is it a convenience store? Are you taking shortcuts or avoiding a challenge in your current life? If it is a large department store that too can be different than a small boutique of a small business.


Additional questions to ask yourself about shopping:

Asking yourself these questions can help you understand the meaning of your dream about shopping. Your own personal associations are very important to consider when you are interpreting dreams!

What are your feelings about shopping? Do you shop til you drop or do you see shopping as a chore? Your own personal feelings about shopping will provide some insight about what it means in your dream.

What is going on in your life currently? Think back to the past few days. Is there anything going on in your life that resembles shopping in your dream?

Are you facing choices to make or are you searching for something? Shopping is often a symbol for making a choice or searching for something in your life. Think carefully about the direction your life is going – are you searching for something or is there a choice you need to make soon?

Have You Ever Worked in Retail? For some people, especially if you worked in a store or other retail environment, shopping could be related to your work. Are you passionate about your current work? Do you have a job you like or don’t like? Are you currently deciding on whether to start a new job or career change?


What are your experiences with dreams about shopping? What does this dream symbol mean to you? Comments are always welcomed below!

7 thoughts on “Shopping Dream Meaning and Symbolism”

  1. I’m dreaming I’m shopping for everything from clothes,groceries,appliance and when I get to the till I get a huge sale on everything and I have more credit left such I must go back and buy again

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    • Ive dreamed of me, my mother and father helping me to buy a system unit and a monitor she carried the system unit(the case of a computer) and i touched the monitor while father is touching a computer related component and i was saying we will go for about $300 dad.. saying computer parts and dad smiles also mom in reality dad is kind too and mom but i get scolded sometimes by mom lol

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  2. I dream of buying provisions in the market and still buying for my friend that is selling the goods in the market,I bought a lot of provisions for my self and my friend and I still have alot of money in my hands I was really happy in the dream

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  3. I read this and I felt weird I dreamt about my experience best friend and me and her other best friend. We were shopping at the mall of course. And I remember we weren’t shopping but hiding behind the clothes. And I also miss her SO MUCH! She completed me. She was the bestest best friend I could ever ask for and I don’t want to tell her that because it might be weird for her. And we had no cart but there were a few things in their arms. We were shopping for clothes too. So I guess my dream meant I have a lack of fulfillment and I am trying to change my appearance and I am still grieving that lost friendship 4 years later…😭

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  4. Over time, I’ve had several dreams about a shop that in my dream world was a favorite of mine but that I’ve never been to in real life. This little shop sold very nice vintage clothing and other items. Now in my dreams it is always closing or under new management with new and different merchandise and I am always so disappointed.

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  5. I dreamt that I went shopping with a woman acquaintance. She was dressed in her best attire. The irony is we were chatting about shopping once we meet and 2 nights later I dream of shopping with her. Is there any special message in this?

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  6. I dreamt that I was with someone I am no longer friends with. We were shopping at Target. We used to go there just for fun. We then bought an iron, and tennis table, and a few other things I can’t quite remember. It cost a total of $11.30 I paid $10 and I didn’t have anymore money so my friend paid $1.30.

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