Shopping: Top Ten Ways to Hide Your Loot from Your Husbands


The only reason I maintain gainful employment is so I have an alternate place to ship boxes of stuff I buy shopping online so my husband won’t find out. Otherwise I would most definitely have to make a backyard shed and execute my she shed ideas to hide my shopping splurges! Luckily, that option is not viable (for now, at least).

Okay. And because I have law school loans and a mortgage. If I took anything else, I would need to use a calculator first (like but there’s nothing on the cards right now.

But still.

My primary vice is Amazon, especially because I have Prime membership. I subconsciously feel like I’m getting a “good deal” because the shipping is free, even though I actually spend more money than I would under normal circumstances. And the product arrives two days from the date of purchase, so I don’t have to impatiently sit around and wait for whatever useless tchotchke to show up the way I do with the regular 5-7 day ‘biz the other retailers offer.

Because I “need” things like one hundred children’s hair bows (I’m a mom of girls), a tape measure, a “Haunted Battlefields of the Civil War” book, non-toxic nail polish, a Ronald Reagan face mask, windshield wipers, and a Patrick Dempsey pillowcase.

And you know what? It doesn’t matter that I work and bring home the bacon. When multiple boxes arrive at my door step on the same day, my husband usually ends up questioning me about them. If I’d ordered from face socks like I wanted to and he went to open the box, the surprise of my face being on his feet would have been totally ruined!

What’s in those boxes?

Your mom.


After seven years of marriage and thirty-four years of sneakiness, I’ve compiled a list of the top ten places to hide your shopping loot so it will be out of sight from your husbands.

You’re welcome.

1. The Cleaning Supply Cabinet. The good Lord knows your husbands have never looked there and probably aren’t aware this is even a “thing” in your home.

2. The Gym. It’s the year of the Dadbod.

3. Bring them Home Already Wrapped. And say they’re gifts for someone else.

4. Replace the “Real Bags” with Bags from Kids’ Clothing Stores. Most dudes are uninterested in the contents of packages from Janie and Jack, Gymboree and, worst of all, The Disney Store.

5. The Crack Between the Front Seat and the Center Console. This obviously only works for smaller items, but your husbands will never stick their fingers down there for fear of getting them stained with half-melted M&Ms or by touching a dirty, misplaced sock.

6. Empty Shoe Boxes. Keep them in your closet for storing goods.

7. Claim You’ve Owned it Forever. This is one of my personal favorites. I bust out with a new ensemble (after the tags are off) and my husband asks when I got it. I look at him and incredulously roll my eyes and declare “In college! Seriously?! I’ve worn this a million times!” He gets so confused.

8. Tell Him You’re Holding the Loot for Your Friend. Who is hiding it from her husband.

9. Tell Him the Package is a Present for HIM. By the time the holidays roll around, he won’t even remember. Or if he does, just say you changed your mind and returned it. BOOM.

10. At Your Boyfriend’s House. I dunno guys, Diff’rent Strokes for Diff’rent Folks. (Kidding!)


Confession. One of my favorite yearly shopping events is the Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market.

The Holiday Gift Market is the Junior League of Tampa’s largest annual fundraising event. Think of it as a flea market with stuff you actually want. It will feature 150 merchants, with 20 that are completely new to the event. Some of my favorites among this year’s merchants and participants are Sunshine State Goods, The Blue Hen, Coton Colors, hazel + dot, and Toffee to Go. Best of all, the Junior League of Tampa commits 100% of the proceeds to fund its mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Holiday Gift Market 2015: Me and some of the ladies at the beginning of the night.

Holiday Gift Market Kickoff Party 2015: Me and some of the ladies at the beginning of the night.

Come on out to the Florida State Fairgrounds for the kickoff party on Thursday, November 10 between 7 PM and 10 PM, and stay for the shopping from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13.

Where: Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 4800 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL 33610
Hours: Thursday, November 10- 7 PM – 10 PM
Friday, November 11- 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, November 12- 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, November 13- 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost: $8 at the door and $5 in advance if purchased from Junior League members. Don’t know any? No sweat. You can also purchase them online through Eventbrite:
Parking fee: $6 cash (who carries cash anymore?) paid directly to the Florida State Fairgrounds

Preview Party: The Preview Party is a Junior League tradition, which includes a sneak peak at this year’s best new gift ideas, live entertainment, food samplings from local restaurants, raffle, cash bar, and more. This event is open to the public, and tickets are $35. VIP tickets are available for $65 and include a VIP reception at the market beginning at 6:30 PM, a VIP gift, three drink tickets, and complimentary VIP parking. Oh, and did I mention it will feature some of my favorite sweets from The Silly Monkey Cookie Company? The preview party is Thursday, November 10 between 7 PM and 10 PM.

Me and some of the crew at the end of the night. Not pictured: red wine stains on my white romper. Pictured: the $10 flip flops purchased from the college mascot vendor. (My dogs were barking. But it was fun and worth it.)

Me and some of the crew at the end of the night. Not pictured: red wine stains on my white romper. Pictured: the $10 flip flops purchased from the college mascot vendor. (My dogs were barking. But it was fun and worth it.)

This year’s Holiday Gift Market will also offer the following concierge services:
Gift Wrap: For the first time evah, the Junior League will offer gift wrap for a nominal fee. See number 3 above.
Bag Check: Don’t worry, these ladies will free up your hands so you can shop more. Warning: you might need a bigger car.
Man Cave: In case you want your husband to come and know how much money you’ve spent, they can tag along and relax on oversized sofas and lounge chairs with giant flat screens and sports. Oh, and beer.
Mother’s Nook. (Read: a breastfeeding, diaper-changing mama’s mecca).

The market will also feature a series of special events.

Candle Pouring Social: Saturday, November 12 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. For $35 per ticket, enjoy a candle pouring social with the Tipsy Candle Company. Participants will pour two candles with signature scents for the holiday season. Be inspired to “Give a Candle and Keep a Candle” during this event with music, snacks, and refreshments.

Princess Meet and Greet: Sunday, November 13. Enjoy an encounter with four princesses courtesy of Parties with Character. Each child will feel like royalty as they meet the Princesses who will encourage them to reach for their dreams. The cost is $15 per child, and each child needs a ticket for admission. Visit this link to purchase tickets and see which 15-minute time slots are available: Adults are able to enter this special event with the purchase of one general admission ticket to the Holiday Gift Market.

Military Shopping Hour: On Friday, November 11 from 2 PM to 3 PM, the Junior League will provide a special salute to the men and women who courageously dedicate their lives to serving our country.


For more details, connect with Junior League’s Holiday Gift Market on social media or, if you have questions, via email at

Twitter: @jlthgm
Instagram: @holidaygiftmarket

What are your sneakiest ways to hide shopping loot from your husbands?

Cheers to shopping and the ladies of the Junior League of Tampa!


    13 Comments on Shopping: Top Ten Ways to Hide Your Loot from Your Husbands

    1. Amanda Kruse
      October 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Haha this is hilarious! Usually how I hide my shopping is keeping my bags in the car till the next day when he leaves for work.

      Amanda ||

    2. Rebecca Benedict
      October 25, 2016 at 8:49 am (6 years ago)

      Love this! I personally stash whatever boxes may have arrived in the trunk of my car (front porch to portico = short distance) until the coast is clear to carry them upstairs unquestioned.

    3. c
      October 25, 2016 at 2:32 am (6 years ago)

      HaHa! Great post, full of good ideas. Personally, I am a big fan of “#7” too! Not only did I thoroughly enjoy reading this, I gained some helpful tips too. 😉

    4. valerie hansen
      October 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

      Ha ha Ohh My this is so hilarious..LOVED IT!! I don’t have to hide anything….I just buy what I want and its never questioned…ha


    5. Jenny
      October 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm (6 years ago)

      How cute are you in those pictures? This post made me laugh out loud because I feel the same way with my fiance haha.

    6. Adrian
      October 24, 2016 at 6:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Hide? Naah, this Mama ain’t got time for that. I wanted it, I bought it, I paid for it out of money I earned with my own two hands. Case closed. If you don’t like people with too many shoes and clothes, you shoulda married a GUY!

    7. Crystal Marie
      October 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm (6 years ago)

      Hilariously good read! @InterstateStyle

    8. Paige
      October 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm (6 years ago)

      Hahaha I love this! “Honey… I’ve had this for three years, you never pay attention to me!”


      • jenniferdaku
        October 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm (6 years ago)

        Works like a charm, every time. Thanks for stopping by!

    9. Mom Judy
      October 24, 2016 at 10:28 am (6 years ago)

      Love it! I want to read the “Haunted Battlefield” book but you probably already knew that. I have been to the Holiday Gift Market and it is SO WELL WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION. They have really unique things. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the Silly Monkey Cookie Company! Such talented folks that work there. Each cookie is a masterpiece. Great post.

      • jenniferdaku
        October 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm (6 years ago)

        You were on my mind when I wrote about that book. Love ya!

    10. Allison Arnone
      October 24, 2016 at 10:27 am (6 years ago)

      When I was younger and my mom and I would go on shopping sprees, she’d always go in the house first – make sure my dad wasn’t on the main floor – and then signal for me to run in and bring all the bags up to my room. WOMEN ARE SO SHADY.

      • jenniferdaku
        October 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm (6 years ago)

        That’s hilarious and pure genius! Being shady in this sense is sort of like a white lie… both harmless!