A CERTIFIED SHOPAHOLIC: TIPS ON HOW TO COPE WITH THIS ADDICTION
Are you a SHOPAHOLIC?
Do you love to shop? Are you an impulsive buyer? Do you take pleasure in shopping? Do you spend a LOT of money whenever you go shopping? Are you the type that buys items using credit cards if you don’t have enough cash? Do you find yourself lying just to cover up how much you really spent with the stuff you bought? Do you cancel your date with your boyfriend just to go the latest sale? Do you use shopping as a rebound when you are depressed? Well, if you answered most of my questions with a solid YES, CONGRATULATIONS! You are a certified SHOPAHOLIC! Welcome to the club!
Women (I’m not saying every woman in the world) in general, find shopping a habit. Men are more of a sports buff. I have to admit, it really gets addicting to go on a shopping spree most specially if you have lots of credit cards that if your paycheck is still a week away and you have this sudden urge to shop, just one swipe and you’re done and totally wiped out as well… It really gets out of hand if you come to think about it. Sometimes, you will just find yourself inside a boutique and you feel helpless. You want to stop but you just couldn’t…Then, when you get home, you feel so guilty that you want to return the shoes and clothes you bought. Next thing you know, it has become an addiction…
SIGNS OF BEING A SHOPAHOLIC
So how would I consider a person who is a compulsive shopper? Just the thought of you going to hit the mall gives you excitement…You can’t wait for your shift at work to end so you can head to the nearest shopping mall that has a big variety of items on sale. It will take you forever to finish shopping, that all your friends are starving to death but you wouldn’t notice a bit. You go from one boutique to another, and you retire once you’ve finished checking all the stores and they are about to close. You just bought 3 pairs of shoes last week, yet, another pair of killer looking shoes caught your attention and you want to buy it too!! You splurge too much on clothes that you don’t even use. You splurge too much on gifts. You like collecting shopping bags of different brands. You have this habit of going to the mall whenever you had a fight with your boyfriend or you were reprimanded by your boss. You have tons of clothes that can fit a warehouse. You feel like you are paying your credit cards forever and you want to get another one. You use different perfumes everyday: Monday, you use LACOSTE…Tuesday, you wear GUCCI…On Wednesdays, you smell like BRITNEY SPEARS…come Thursday, ANNE KLEIN is the scent of the day…Fridays, you use GUESS…You never ran out of perfumes. You spend so much than you really can afford. You always have the latest gadget. You have around 60 lipsticks that you don’t even touch. You buy summer outfits on rainy days. You just finished paying off the LOIUS VUITTON bag you bought last month and you want another one which looks just the same. Surfing about the latest in fashion is your number one priority when you open your computer, buying something online plays the second priority. Well, the list goes on and on…
HOW TO STOP THIS COMPULSIVENESS??
You’re such an obsessive-compulsive person and pretty weak to temptations. You want to control it but you feel that it’s a long way to go. TRY THESE SEVERAL TIPS that might work (Mind you, it worked for me):
1. TRACK YOUR PURCHASES. Before you buy a pleasant looking top, think first. Do you really need it? Where will you use it? Is it not the same like the ones you bought last week? Will you really look good on it? You have to meditate (that’s how we should term it since it’s a growing addiction). Put it in writing so you’d know that you already have a top and no need to buy another one next time you hit the mall.
2. DON’T USE YOUR CREDIT CARD. Use cash when buying something so you would feel that you’re wasting a lot of money from your hard-earned salary. Credit cards really wiped me out big time. Because I know that I really didn’t work for the money that I’m using, I used my cards for every purchases I made, then I just use cash when there’s no balance left on my credit cards. End result? Debts are piling high that I was forced (with so much hesitation) to tear and cancel two of my credit cards to avoid MORE temptations.
3. STICK TO YOUR SHOPPING LIST. Before you head to the shopping mall, make sure that you write on a list of paper things that you NEED to buy and NOT things that you WANT to buy. Bring enough cash (DO NOT USE YOUR CREDIT CARD FOR PETE’S SAKE!) and if there’s any extra, then go to the nearest bank and just deposit the money so you have something when you really need it.
4. FIND ANOTHER HABIT. If shopping has been part of your system, then try to divert your attention to something else. Say, hit the gym and be fit, Chat with friends, or write a book or create a hub (Which is very helpful). Shopping can be so addicting the way love does, so redirect your interest to something more enlightening that you need not use money just to have fun.
5. TRY TO AVOID SHOPPING MALLS AND SHOPPING WEB SITES. If you’re heading home and you still have a lot of time in the world and mall is on your way, try going home the long way so you won’t pass the mall. Or go home late so by the time you pass the mall on your way, then it’s already home and you don’t have any choice but to look at it longingly and go home. If you are a net freak, just remember NOT to go to Amazon or E-bay websites or any income-related webbies because for sure, you will be tempted to buy one of those sales online.
6. PLACE A LIST OF YOUR UTILITY BILLS INSIDE YOUR WALLET. In that way, you will be more cautious on what to buy. Include your credit card debts on the list to serve as a reminder that you have a lot of things to prioritize first rather than buying a pair of jeans that you don’t even know when you will use. I bet you wouldn’t want to have a not-so-good credit history, right?
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