Warning Signs Of Shopping Addiction

  • Shopping due to being angry, sad or disappointed.
  • Shopping being the reason for problems or chaos.
  • Having arguments with others regarding spending habits.
  • Not leaving home without the credit card.
  • Buying on credit what cannot be bought by cash.
  • The act of spending causing anxiety and euphoria.
  • Shopping with a gambling mindset.
  • Feeling ashamed, embarrassed or guilty about buying useless stuff.
  • Lying and juggling bills and accounts to be able to spend more.

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Shopping Addiction

Compulsive shopping is when chronic, repetitive buying habits have serious consequences and become a disorder, similar to drug addiction. Conscious spending is one of ways we can overcome this emotional need to buy stuff.

An inability to handle money effectively and lack of impulse control makes us spend like crazy. Our emotions take over and we feel comfort in spending, and we unconsciously spend on stuff we don’t need, creating a vicious circle of debt followed by further compulsive spending.

People do not even know that they are addicted to shopping and are unable to understand the problem.

Their confused relationship with money is looked upon by them as a symptom of the other problems of their lives. Many victims feel lost and are unable to control themselves out of the addiction consciously.

  • Stop trying to rationalize credit purchases, getting rid of all the credit cards and switching to cash only. Not even the checkbook or debit card has to be kept handy.
  • Track down every dollar spent, analysing your spending patterns.
  • Understand your mind and the need to shop, training yourself to stop, just like getting over a smoking addiction.
  • Ensure that the temptation areas, like Amazon, or shopping malls, are not easy to access or visit.
  • Remind yourself of your future goals.
  • Ask for help from a close friend, or even professional counselling.

Before buying anything, ask yourself:

  1. Is the stuff usable now or will it just get stacked along other unopened stuff?
  2. Does it already exist in my cupboard?
  3. Is there a place to put this at home?
  4. Is paying cash worth for this?
  5. Is a cheaper version available for this item?
  6. Can this item be arranged without actually buying it?
  7. Can it be bought later, or is it really needed today itself?
  8. Are there any better options available that could be bought instead of this?
  9. What will my partner/spouse/parents say about this?

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  • Compulsive shoppers: Buying when they are feeling emotional distress.
  • Trophy shoppers: They are always looking for the next great item.
  • Flashy shoppers: They desire the attention that comes with having nice, new things.
  • Bargain shoppers: They purchase things through sale, even if they don't need or desire it.
  • Bulimic shoppers: They continually buy and return items.
  • Collective shoppers: They find emotional value and wholeness in having a complete set of things.

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Financial wellness can be defined as the fact of prioritizing one's spending on whatever brings you joy or investing in retirement.

If possible, make this exercise with an expert's help, as it is extremely important to take the right decision when it comes to the way you choose to spend your income, because it affects not only your present but mostly your future.

Say goodbye to debt.

Debt robs you of your income! So, it’s about time you get rid of that debt.

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