Hypnosis Tapes for Compulsive Buying: One More Useful Tool

Illustration depicting a sign with a hypnotherapy concept.

Few of us still picture hypnosis as it was once featured; pocket watch pendulating, subject getting drowsy, trance induction. While hypnosis has undergone an enormous sea change in the last century, beginning with Freud, it’s therapeutic potential has been evident for over one hundred years. A long-standing arrow in our psychological quiver, the ways we apply hypnosis have continued to grow.  To date, hypnosis has been studied as an effective treatment for pain, anxiety, and mood disorders and has been shown to help individuals combat addictions and change longstanding undesirable habits. As a standalone treatment, it’s unlikely to hit a bullseye; in combination with other tools, techniques, and strategies, however, it can be quite powerful.

While we currently have very little scientific literature regarding the application of hypnosis to compulsive buying behavior, one 2013 study led by researchers at the University of Salento in Italy has made headway by taking a first crack at understanding the relationship between hypnosis and compulsive purchasing.  These researchers developed the concept of Consumer Hypnotic-Like Suggestibility (CHLS), which they defined as “an altered state of consciousness causing a tendency to respond positively to messages aimed at inducing consumers to make unplanned purchases.” The study showed that higher levels of CHLS correlated with higher rates of compulsive buying behaviors.

A high level of suggestibility is a double edged sword; it can be both a part of the problem and a part of the solution.  If you’re someone with high CHLS, you might find yourself more inclined toward overshopping; you’re also likely, though, to be more responsive to making good use of one or both of the hypnosis tapes that are now available to stem the tide of your compulsive buying behavior.

The Stop Compulsive Shopping hypnotherapy tape developed by Bayside Psychotherapy in Australia is an evocative 25 minute MP3 that encourages reflection on the almost absurd lengths to which one might go in order to continue shopping compulsively. The Shopping Addiction and Stop Impulse Buying hypnotherapy tapes created by hypnosis experts at hypnosisdownloads.com promote understanding of the emotions that fuel overshopping and how to productively redirect that emotional energy. Both of these tapes, each in a different way, helps the listener become more attuned to the psychological aspects of his or her compulsive buying behavior and provides yet another tool for creating that all important space between impulse and action, the place where real, lasting change can occur.

Adding this highly affordable tool to the other strategies that you’re using to let go of compulsive buying behavior could be quite empowering. As part of our ongoing mission to enhance the lives of consumers everywhere, half of the commission that Stopping Overshopping, LLC receives will be donated to The Center for a New American Dream.

 

Are you Overshopping or Overspending? Personalized Text Messages Can Help

Shopaholics anScreen Shot 2015-04-13 at 9.26.53 AMd compulsive buyers have a new, affordable resource for help. Stopping Overshopping, LLC has just released an innovative, interactive text-messaging program that directs, inspires, and motivates shopping addicts to stop overshopping. The program is tailored specifically to each participant’s overshopping profile and it provides daily, personalized support when overshoppers need it the most.

Text messaging programs have helped people with a variety of physical and mental health issues, including diabetes self-management, weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, and diminished alcohol consumption. Although this area of research and practice is relatively new, there has been consistent evidence that text messaging interventions, particularly those that use tailored messages and offer the user the opportunity to text the system for immediate support, are the most successful. The Stopping Overshopping Text Messaging Program, the first of its kind designed to help compulsive buyers curb their overshopping behavior, incorporates each of these features.

The number and content of the texts vary by day of the week, time of the year, and the individual user’s particular overshopping profile. Program users answer a series of questions when they begin the program that allows the system to personalize their text messages. In addition to these personalized texts, there are special texts on Friday nights and Sundays to help negotiate the transition from week to weekend and back again and special texts the day before and day of the biggest shopping/sale days in the calendar year, such as Black Friday. Special texts point the user to relevant resources to augment his or her progress even further. Many of the texts are culled from the successful, evidence-based Stopping Overshopping Program, which has been shown, in a randomized controlled trial, to significantly reduce compulsive buying behavior.

Program users have the opportunity to text the system 24/7, anytime they have an urge to shop, when they have begun to shop at a bricks and mortar store, or when they have begun to shop online. Users get a return text immediately, which attempts to help them take an all-important pause, during which the system helps to talk them off the precarious emotional ledge upon which they’re standing. Some of these return texts are linked to 1-minute audios recorded by Dr. Benson and other recovering shopaholics who are far along in their own recovery. Ten minutes later, the system texts the user to find out a) whether he/she is still having an impulse or still shopping or b) has now been able to resist. Based on the user’s answer, he or she gets one more text, either congratulatory if the person has been able to resist, or encouraging restraint, if the person still has an urge or is still shopping.

When the doctor’s office calls to remind you of your upcoming appointment, aren’t you much more likely to go? In the same way, these texts serve as thoughtful reminders to keep the appointment you have made with yourself to focus on reducing or eliminating your compulsive buying behavior. Likewise, aren’t you much more likely to go to the gym when you go with a buddy? These texts function as a Shopping Support Buddy, reducing feelings of isolation and aloneness. Offering specific practical strategies for stopping overshopping, the program has the potential to reach thousands of overspenders who are reluctant to publicly acknowledge their problem. It can also be a powerful reinforcer for people who have already taken several steps on the recovery staircase.

Among the positive results reported by beta testers was the feeling that a wise, nurturing friend “had their back.” Using the program helped one overshopper reconsider her motives and take what she called “a sacred pause.” For another, the texts provided the ammunition he needed to shoot down his strongest overspending impulses. A third beta tester said, “Thank you so much for the encouragement and support, via this brilliantly helpful program. These texts have been enormously helpful for me. I didn’t overshop even once after beginning the program.” At a price of $24.95 for three months, the program fills an important gap between self-help options and private coaching or therapy, provides a jumping off point for someone who is just beginning to address his or her shopping problem, and reinforces and augments the gains of coaching or therapy for someone who is already well along the path. To learn more about the program, click here http://www.shopaholicnomore.com/text-program/

For additional questions, feel free to send an email to text@shopaholicnomore.com.

 

How to Cure Your Shopping Addiction

When you’re dealing with a shopping addiction, the experience of shopping is entirely different than just going to the store for groceries or other necessary items. Shopping addicts participate in recreational shopping, spending money just because it feels good or passes time. But like any other bad habit there are ways to break free. Start with prioritizing your goals and look towards having something to achieve. Find other constructive activities to participate in such as exercise, volunteer work, and spending time with friends and family to gain support and experience new things. Breaking this habit won’t happen overnight, but start some new habits and you will feel your addiction lessen.
Read the entire article here: How to Cure Your Shopping Addiction

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If you must use a credit card…some tips for doing so wisely!

In accordance with the American Bankers’ Association, the average American household has $8000 in credit card debt. With credit cards, there’s always the possibility of spending more money than you have. Even if you make your payments on time, if you are merely paying the minimum amount, it may take a decade or more to repay even the nominal balance. A credit card can be an asset, but if handled carelessly, it immediately turns into a liability. Once you start defaulting on credit card payments, you may land in a sea of serious financial problems. Additionally, if you accrue an insurmountable amount of credit card debt and fail to pay it off, not only will it have a negative impact on your credit rating, you may even have to file for bankruptcy.

Many people are tempted to run wild, buying everything that they crave. However, injudicious use of a credit card can create debilitating debt. This is not to say that a credit card should never be used. When used sensibly, it can help build good credit, which makes it easier to obtain mortgages and other kinds of loans in the future. Below are a few simple tips on using a credit card wisely:

Identify your spending habits – Before applying for a credit card, consider how you will use it and set certain guidelines for yourself. You should try to live within your means, stick to your budget, and avoid overbuying. When you do not have the required cash in your bank account for a particular product, don’t purchase it! Ask yourself whether you really need to buy it. If so, postpone the purchase until you have the cash to pay for it.

Check the number of credit cards you have – Each time you apply for a credit card, it is noted by the credit reporting organizations. Applying for too many credit cards can spoil your credit rating by forming the impression that you might be a bit too reliant on them.

Pay your entire balance – When you pay your credit card bills late, or do not pay the total amount, your debt rapidly adds up. Many credit cards have an automatic billing alternative so you can pay the entire amount from your checking account every month. With this automatic payment process, you do not have to remember when your bill is due, and once you start making your payments on time, your credit score will improve.

BUI: Buying Under the Influence

We all know that a DUI can result in major consequences, but what about Buying Under the Influence?  Learn how to catch yourself before you slip!

Well, we’ve just passed the autumnal equinox; summer’s given way to fall. This means we can begin to hope for some relief from the heat. It also means that shopping season is almost upon us. As we approach the season, I’d like to briefly explore a not-so-well-known liaison, the unsavory pairing up of drinking and shopping. It’s a phenomenon we call BUI, or buying under the influence.

It doesn’t take much imagination to read this handwriting on the wall. If you’re a shopper, if you even lean toward overshopping, BUI is something to stay away from. Let’s acknowledge the temptation, whether we’re taking bricks-and-mortar or, especially, the Internet. The “All the Rage” column of the L.A. Times puts it colorfully, noting that Shopbop, the online boutique, “knows all about consumers who click on a Marc Jacobs dress and slur, Hey there, frock. I want to take you home tonight.” The boutique doesn’t, of course, have breathalyzer data—but they know. “People definitely do it all the time, says Shopbop spokeswoman Alle Fister. It’s click, click, click after a few cocktails.” And while most online retailers accept returns, admittedly a less painful way of dealing with morning-after remorse, returns cost time as well as money.

That same column nails it. “The appeal of the BUI is as clear as a shot of Stoli. With every glass, inhibitions and judgment soften. Much like drunk-dialing an ex, the impulse to buy becomes an urge that quickly blurs into a must. Suddenly, that $850 David Yurman amethyst and 18K gold ring doesn’t seem like a silly splurge. It’s a reward.”

Recently, the New York Post ran a story about a city pet store that had to ban drunken puppy-buying. “Customers tend to stumble in after happy hour and purchase a dog without thinking,” the owner of Le Petite Puppy said. She now forbids the inebriated even to hold her puppies, and instructs the more insistent to come back next day.

Joanna Douglas, writing in Shine, offers these sensible caveats.

  1. Don’t drink near your favorite shops.
  2. Don’t day drink.
  3. Avoid late-night infomercials.
  4. Restrict your online use after drinking.
  5. Have a support system.

The bottom line is, drinking and shopping don’t mix, just as drinking and driving don’t. Mindful shopping—the only kind that makes sense—is a way we search for ourselves and our place in the world. It requires judgment, the fine balancing of resources, identity, and need. Drinking clouds all that, leaving us prey to unmediated impulses and unacknowledged needs. Particularly as we head into shopping season, firmly resolve to take good care of yourself this year. When you drink, don’t shop.

 

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Stop Shopping!

Can’t stop shopping insanity? Try shopping your own closet!
Every minute of every day, inside and outside of every closet, there’s a woman who thinks she’s got nothing to wear.

Can you relate?

Every day, closet doors open on rooms full of nostalgia and dream sizes, garments we convince ourselves we’ll one day wear again. These are the “skins”  for who we are—at work, at home, when nobody’s around, on a first date, for our partners, while out shopping, in the park, when we want to be noticed, when we want to hide. These are our psyches, exposed!

We identify with our clothes, and we want our clothes to identify with us.  The relationship you have to your closet can tell you a lot about your shopping habits: are you proud of it, or do you constantly feel betrayed or disappointed by what it offers you?

In the last ten months, I’ve learned about two women who swore off any clothing purchases for an entire year, choosing instead to shop their own closets. One has even developed a program to teach others to do the same.  It seems as though everywhere I turn in my work life, people are coming out of their closets to talk about what’s in them.

 They’re doing this to feel balanced and reasonable, or simply to stop shopping. I began wondering what would happen if I tried to treat my own closet like a clothing boutique.  Maybe I would find some items I really loved, and get rid of some of the clutter.

I’d been meaning to do some reconnaissance in my closet for a number of years—yet was never quite able to get around to it. Then I read an article in a local paper this April about a warm, creative, and competent woman named Eve Cantor, who had recently begun a business helping women explore their closets.  I decided it was time for that long-postponed spring cleaning of mine.

I knew that part of what had kept me from overhauling my own closets was inertia, but a larger part was not wanting to go it alone.  What Eve offers— impeccable taste and the capacity to size up clients(forgive the pun!) and help them put together versatile, reliable, and flattering wardrobes that express their personalities and lifestyles—was exactly what I needed. We decided that she would come over, work on my closet with me, and then we’d each write about the experience. Maybe the experience would be positive enough to motivate overshoppers, with or without a closet support buddy, to do the same.

As the day approached, I noticed a few anxious thoughts: “I don’t shop at Barney’s; I almost never spend that kind of money on my clothes. What’s she going to think of my wardrobe?” or “I haven’t tried on some of this stuff in years; what if it doesn’t even fit anymore?” or “There’s so much in these closets; where are we going to begin and how much can we get to? If we don’t finish, am I going to continue myself or just let the rest go?”

The day of our appointment was perfect for the task at hand. A gentle rain fell on New York, making our indoor transformation seem like an ideal activity – both fun and cozy. Eve began by asking me to set aside the “no-brainers,” those items that I definitely wanted to keep; I’d say that constituted about half my wardrobe. As I tried on the rest of the garments, one by one, Eve showed me how some items could be altered to fit better. For example, one of my favorite jackets has gotten a little snug. Eve suggested this out-of-the box solution: have the zipper removed and replaced with a hook-and-eye closure, and maybe even wear the jacket with a skinny brown belt.

She also demonstrated how I could accessorize some things differently to look better and wear more, like a pair of beige suede slacks that I bought eight  years ago and wore once.  I could never figure out what to wear them with, though I had countless shirts and many belts in my closet as well!

Eve suggested restyling a skirt and two dresses to give them each a new lease on life.  Some items, she thought, had seen better days and were ready to be recycled.  I was delighted to be letting go of them; her encouragement made it painless.

Here’s what Eve had to say when we were done.

—————————-

Hi April,

I enjoyed spending time with you and I hope behind those closet doors you now feel a little lighter and have a better understanding of what you own.

Below is my experience of our work together.

I had the pleasure of joining April Benson in her closet.  She contacted me based on an article recently released about “Shopping Your Closet” in the Bergen Herald. As I arrived in her lovely home I felt like I was floating on a gondola in Venice with the murals of Italian waterways on the walls. This women clearly has style. I knew in this moment I was going to love her closet. We immediately got to work.

I normally do a Spring/Summer or Winter/Fall wardrobe in 3 hours, and once we got into our work we decided to continue the momentum of productivity and completed her entire closet (all seasons) in 5 hours. During this time:

  • April tried on nearly every piece of clothing
  • We discussed openly the positives, negatives, vulnerabilities, missing pieces and accessories, etc. of her wardrobe
  • We envisioned the events where she will maximize all the pieces to give appropriateness to each outfit
  • We donated 30+ pieces that don’t fit the wardrobe anymore to Shelter Our Sisters, a non-profit organization that assists women and children victims of domestic violence
  • We created new, refreshing, stylish outfits with already existing pieces and discussed new ways of wearing them
  • We made many alteration decisions
  • We put together a list of a few accessories and separates that she might want to purchase to maximize the look of existing pieces
  • We swapped out her wire and plastic hangers for new thinner no slip velvet hangers for a cleaner closet look 

I love April’s closet! Every piece is unique and yet they all belong in the same place, with April Benson. Many women like a look and buy that look with small nuances of distinction. This closet is a wardrobe of concise choosing. April is an expert shopper. She hunts for detail and color and has a natural gravitation to classic silhouettes. Her pieces can be worn forever.

While April needed no help in the style category, she seemed to light up with the validation of her wardrobe.  She was thrilled to have a partner to try on clothing with. I felt energized and admired April, appreciated the openness of communication between us, and completely enjoyed the exchange of creative energy that flowed during our time together.

Nice to know you April!

—————————-

And my thoughts on the experience?

I’ve noticed that:

  • I really like seeing some empty spaces in my shoe racks.
  • I don’t miss anything I’ve let go of.
  • I could imagine letting go of a few more things if I don’t wear them within the next year.
  • Now I have a desire to go through all the t-shirts, shells, camisoles, and sweaters, and pare those down too.
  • Even though they don’t take up that much physical space, the more belts, scarves, stockings, lingerie, and jewelry stuff I have, the more brain space it takes.
  • I’m delighted to know that things now sitting undisturbed in my closet will lead an active, healthy life with somebody else.
  • I do feel lighter and want to keep it that way.
  • Altering things I already own to make them feel modern and comfortable makes my closet a much happier place! 

Mission accomplished!

To make an appointment with Eve, you can visit her website: www.ShopYourClosetNow.com, or call her at 646-584-7540

For more information about the work that Eve has done, click here.

 

 

Shop Your Own Closet?

Every minute of every day, inside and outside of every closet, there’s a women who thinks she’s got nothing to wear.

Can you relate?

Every day, closet doors open on rooms full of nostalgia and dream sizes, garments we convince ourselves we’ll one day wear again. These are the “skins” for who we are—at work, at home, when nobody’s around, on a first date, for our partners, while out shopping, in the park, when we want to be noticed, when we want to hide. These are our psyches, exposed!

What seems never to be discussed in the media is the relationship that we have with our closets: attachment or pride or joy, for example, or disconnection or betrayal or disappointment. What is happening here? We are identifying with our clothes. To say it another way, we want our clothes to identify with us.

In the last ten months, I’ve run two 12-session Stopping Overshopping groups, worked with a number of individual overshopping clients, and learned about two women who swore off any clothing purchases for an entire year, choosing instead to shop their own closets. (One has even developed a program to teach others to do the same. ) It seems as though everywhere I turn in my work life, people are coming out of their closets to talk about what’s in them. They’re doing this to feel balanced and reasonable, orto put the brakes on overshopping.

One useful strategy they use is to count the items of a particular class that they’ve overbought: shoes, perhaps, or maybe scarves or sweaters.For Lois, iterating a staggering 122 summer dresses certainly brought home the fact that she had far more than she needed or wore. Less dramatic counts had the same effect on others. Some clients have sold their overages on eBay; others gave things away by the dozen.

Clearly, I believe that closet reconnaissance is a mission worth completing. It’s something I’d been meaning to do for a number of years—yet never quite happened to get around to. Then I read an article in a local paper this April about a warm, creative, and competent woman named Eve Cantor, a former buyer at upscale Barneys and former women and children’s boutique owner who’d recently begun a business helping women explore their closets. I decided it was time for that long-postponed spring cleaning of mine.

I knew that part of what had kept me from overhauling my own closets was inertia, but a larger part was not wanting to go it alone.What Eve offers— impeccable taste and the capacity to size up (forgive the pun!) clients and help them put together versatile, reliable, and flattering wardrobes that express their personalities and lifestyles—exactly filled the bill. We decided that she’d come, we’d work together on my closet, and then we’d each write about the experience. Maybe the experience would be positive enough to motivate overshoppers, with or without a closet support buddy, to do the same.

As the day approached, I noticed a few anxious thoughts: “I don’t shop at Barney’s; I almost never spend that kind of money on my clothes. What’s she going to think of my wardrobe?” or “I haven’t tried on some of this stuff in years; what if it doesn’t even fit anymore?” or “There’s so much in these closets; where are we going to begin and how much can we get to? If we don’t finish, am I going to continue myself or just let the rest go?”

The actual day couldn’t have been more conducive to the task at hand. A gentle rain fell on New York, offering us a nurturing cocoon for the metamorphosis. Eve began by asking me to set aside the “no-brainers,” those items that I definitely wanted to keep; I’d say that constituted about half my wardrobe. As I tried on the rest of the garments, one by one, Eve showed me how some items could be altered to fit better. For example, the first picture is me trying on one of my favorite jackets; it’s gotten a little snug. Eve suggested this out-of-the box solution: have the zipper removed and replaced with a hook-and-eye closure, and maybe even wear the jacket with a skinny brown belt.

She also demonstrated how I could accessorize some things differently to look better and wear more.The second photo is of me wearing a pair of beige suede slacks that I bought eight or nine years ago and wore only once:I never could figure out what to wear them with, though I had the shirt and belt that you see in the picture in my closet as well! Eve suggested restyling a skirt and two dresses to give them each a new lease on life.Some items, she thought, had seen better days and were ready to be recycled.I was delighted to be letting go of them; her encouragement made it painless.

Here’s what Eve had to say when we were done.

Hi April,

I enjoyed spending time with you and I hope behind those closet doors you now feel a little lighter and have a better understanding of what you own.

Below is my experience of our work together.

I had the pleasure of joining April Benson in her closet.  She contacted me based on an article recently released about “Shopping Your Closet” in the Bergen Herald. As I arrived in her lovely home I felt like I was floating on a gondola in Venice with the murals of Italian waterways on the walls. This women clearly has style. I knew in this moment I was going to love her closet. We immediately got to work.

I normally do a Spring/Summer or Winter/Fall wardrobe in 3 hours, and once we got into our work we decided to continue the momentum of productivity and completed her entire closet (all seasons) in 5 hours. During this time:

  • April tried on nearly every piece of clothing
  • We discussed openly the positives, negatives, vulnerabilities, missing pieces and accessories, etc. of her wardrobe
  • We envisioned the events where she will maximize all the pieces to give appropriateness to each outfit
  • We donated 30+ pieces that don’t fit the wardrobe anymore to Shelter Our Sisters, a non-profit organization that assists women and children victims of domestic violence
  • We created new, refreshing, stylish outfits with already existing pieces and discussed new ways of wearing them
  • We made many needed alteration suggestions
  • We put together a list of a few accessories and separates

that she might want to purchase to maximize the look of existing pieces

  • She swapped out her wire and plastic hangers for new thinner no slip velvet hangers for a cleaner closet look

I love April’s closet! Every piece is unique and yet they all belong in the same place, with April Benson. Many women like a look and buy that look with small nuances of distinction. This closet is a wardrobe of concise choosing. April is an expert shopper. She hunts for detail and color and has a natural gravitation to classic silhouettes. Her pieces can be worn forever.

While April needed no help in the style category, she seemed to light up with the validation of her wardrobe.  She was thrilled to have a partner to try on clothing with. I felt energized and admired April, appreciated the openness of communication between us, and completely enjoyed the exchange of creative energy that flowed during our time together.

Nice to know you April!


Okay… so how was it for me, really?

What I’ve noticed:

1.I really like seeing some empty spaces in my shoe racks.

2.I don’t miss anything I’ve let go of.

3.I could imagine letting go of a few more things if I don’t wear them within the next year.

4.Now I have a desire to go through all the t-shirts, shells, camisoles, and sweaters, and pare those down too.

5.Even though they don’t take up that much physical space, the more belts, scarves, stockings, lingerie, and jewelry stuff I have, the more brain space it takes.

6.I’d be delighted to know that things now sitting passively in drawers and on hooks in my closet will lead an active, healthy life with somebody else.

7.I do feel lighter and want to keep it that way.

Mission accomplished!

For more information about Eve Cantor, click here.

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Don’t Shop, Swap! (Redux)

For many compulsive buyers, a big part of the appeal of shopping is the process of searching out and obtaining that new, better, desirable item. This process is so mesmerizing that it often overrides long-term financial plans, leaving shoppers deeply in debt. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Through the magic of swap—and in particular the growing online community dedicated to it—these shoppers can now eat their cake and still keep their bread.

Back in 2008, April blogged about Swap-O-Rama-Rama, an anti-consumerist clothing swap with do-it-yourself workshops that aims to recycle used clothing.  Now, the website (and iPhone app) Swap.com takes a more mainstream commercial approach to the concept of commodity swapping.  It serves as the middleman for people who’d like either to get rid of or obtain books, movies, CDs, or video games.  The layout resembles a cross between an online retailer and a social networking site: users create profiles and indicate any number of items that they have as well as any number of items they’d like to obtain.  Based on what you put on your “Have List,” the website will tell you what you can receive in trade for your possessions.  Alternately,  you can search for something you want and add it to your “Want List,” and the website will notify you if anything you currently own can be traded for that item.

If, for example, I decide that I’m ready to part with my Pink Floyd album The Wall, the site instantly tells me that I can trade this CD for one of 78,385 possible items, ranging from a Harry Potter book to a Wall-E DVD to a football game for Xbox.  However, if what I really want is the Beatles’ White Album, I can add this to my want list, and, if anything on my “Have List” corresponds with someone’s “Want List” who is looking to trade in The White Album, the site will inform me immediately.

Is Swap.com the answer to compulsive shopping? No. While it can fill some of the needs filled by overshopping and assuage some of the negative consequences of that behavior, it doesn’t get to the heart of the compulsion.  It is also limited to relatively inexpensive electronic items, and therefore fails to provide many of the most common targets of overshopping: clothes, shoes, sports equipment, even cars.  Nonetheless, a site like Swap.com can be a first step in the right direction—away from the danger of ever-growing, compulsive-buying-driven debt.

David Eisenach, Research Assistant

Shopping Your Own Closet

 

Last Wednesday, I had a delightful and very informative Skype call with Jill Chivers, an Australian woman who took her compulsive buying bull by the horns. She decided that for a full year she’d refrain from buying any new clothes and shop only in her own closet.  The experiment resulted first in a blog and then an online learning program for overshoppers, My Year Without Clothes Shopping.  Her program is designed to help other people make the same life-affirming changes she made. [Read more…]

Have a Good-Not a Goods-Holiday: The good life comes from doing, not having

 

With the holiday season upon us (and retailers lathered up for it), I want to remind us all (as I remind myself): a good holiday doesn’t have to be a goods holiday. And this year, in spite of the massive sales machine that grinds 24/7 from now until Christmas, it’s a little easier to live that distinction. The lingering recession is tempering many people’s former extravagance, generating a healthy move toward moderation.

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A Web Filter for Online Overshoppers

As the holiday season rolls toward us, online overshoppers may find themselves hideously tempted. Internet merchants are leveraging their natural advantages in convenience, price, and selection, and, like bricks-and-mortar retailers, they’re starting holiday sales earlier than ever. [Read more…]

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