We are living in times that researchers call the times of consumerism. Purchasing, using and consuming ever more clearly become an integral part of a new global culture called consumer culture. In forming behaviors and the hierarchy of values in an adult man his closest environment, and especially his family and his acquaintances, play a significant role. Hence pathogenic factors that are the cause of occurrence of various kinds of disturbances should be searched for also in the family and social systems. Analysis of the possible causes of occurrence of unplanned shopping in the family and social environment supplies many hypotheses that should be verified in an empirical way.