Conscious Shopping

Are your emotions in the driver’s seat when you go shopping, only to leave your brain in charge later with those feelings of guilt or regret? Instead of being a shopaholic, how can we be more conscious shoppers? Conscious shopping makes you feel good about each stage of shopping, before, during, and after, without having to justify it to yourself. One way to do this is the “pick just one strategy.” Rather than impulse buying a few things at different stores that you just “have to have,” make a conscious effort to pick just one thing. Chances are you’ll be happier with one thoughtfully chosen item than a bunch of things bought in a blur.

Read the entire article here: Pick Just One

Is An Addiction To Shopping Ruining Your Marriage?

Can you relate to this man’s story? He is a stay at home dad with a good part time job. He has three kids and has been married for over 20 years. He’s had an addiction to shopping for just as long. She makes most of the money and he’s racked up a “mountain of debt.” She wants to end the marriage. He understands, but it makes him sad. What to do? The first step would be to get help for shopping addiction. If his wife loves him and he genuinely works to better his habits, she may give the relationship another shot. Marriage counseling is another positive step. With help, many recovering addicts are able to have healthy relationships.

Read the entire article here: I think my marriage is over. My Shopping Addiction

How Many Clothes are Enough?

It’s fairly easy to find out how much is too much when it comes to clothes. Overflowing closets and overstuffed drawers that are impossible to shut are a pretty good clue! But when you’re a recovering shopaholic, downsizing your wardrobe can be the hardest part. For many people, it can seem like having more clothes is the only way you can be well dressed for every occasion. But how much is really enough? One way to find out might be to track what you actually wear and don’t wear. Donate what you don’t wear– I know, you’re thinking “but what if I need this some day?” Well, how many “somedays” have gone by since you’ve worn it?

Read the entire article here: How Many Clothes are Enough?

Be the One to Stop Shopping Addiction

Can’t help shopping, but need to stop? What is there to do to quit this habit? In the words of a former shopping addict “it all starts with you.” Admit to yourself you have a problem. The piles of unused items in your house are probably already trying to tell you this. Many people justify their shopping habits by calling it “retail therapy.” This is probably the most pernicious way shopping addiction perpetuate itself. So say no retail therapy. Instead ask yourself if you can actually live without something you’re thinking of buying.

 

Council Clerk’s Shopping Addiction Lands Her in Jail

An A U.K. council clerk has been jailed for forging checks worth nearly $200,000 to feed her shopping addiction. Her scheme, getting legitimate checks signed by the council, then heating them up to wipe off the payee’s name, which she’d written in a special ink, and substitute in her own, was pretty clever. She managed to keep this up from 2007 to 2012.  It wasn’t until some of the town council’s accounts started going in the red that any wrongdoing was noticed. The clerk had spent most of her life working with integrity in the public sector, until a shopping addiction either developed or worsened at age 53.

Read the entire article here: Council clerk stole £160,000 from taxpayers to fund her ‘shopping addiction’by forging cheques with an erasable PEN

How do you Shopaholic?

Some shopaholics get a rush from making a big purchase. Others are addicted to getting a good deal, even if it’s on something they don’t really need. Which category do you fall in? A poll shows that an overwhelming amount of Indian consumers prefer to spend time looking for a deal: only 21% of Indian consumers value making quick efficient purchases at a higher cost. Women are slightly more likely than men to shop around for a bargain before making a purchase. Unfortunately, the poll did not specify how much more money someone would be willing to pay for convenience or how much time people felt it was worth to find a better price.

Read the entire article here: Indian consumers show both impulsive and compulsive buying behaviour: Ipsos

Placebo your Way out of Shopping Addiction?

Is there a placebo for shopping? Taking a sugar pill doesn’t seem likely to help with online shopping addiction, but the Placebo Method is a way of overcoming shopaholism with small steps that you can start implementing right away. The aim is to avoid the stress, guilt, and other negative feelings that come with addiction. Positive thinking is the first step. The next step, and perhaps the most placebo-like part, is replacing your online shopping time with something more productive. Why not try a new hobby, like writing or drawing. Not many supplies are needed, and you might find this new “ritual” helps you sort out the feelings that were contributing to your shopping addiction.

Read the entire article here: Replace your Online Shopping Addiction with a Placebo

Shopping Addiction: Avoidance Behavior

If you’re a shopping addict and a procrastinator, these two activities are probably linked. Think about when you indulge in your shopping addiction. Is it when you’re particularly stressed out about something? Avoidance behavior is the more clinical term for procrastination; it’s what we do to avoid something stressful. Maybe you’re doing online shopping when you should be focusing on a big paper or project? It’s easier to focus your attention on something that makes you happy rather than something that’s stressful, but what ever it is you’re trying to avoid can’t be put off forever!

Read the entire article here: Falling Back into the Black Hole

Shopaholic No More Voted #1 Blog for Compulsive Shoppers

With so many sites available to help the millions of Americans suffering from shopping addiction, we are very proud to announce that Shopaholic No More has been named the number one site for shopaholics by badcredit.org! We’re approaching the 4,000 followers’ mark, which makes us almost twice as turned-to as other popular blogs for sufferers of the disorder. Perhaps this is because Shopaholic No More is one of the only sites operated by a licensed psychologist, though the blogs from former shopaholics are also valuable. We’re glad you’ve chosen Shopaholic No More, as we truly believe our resources and content (which badcredit.org called “fresh and alive”) will help you or a loved one overcome shopaholism.

Read more here: 10 Best Blogs for Shopaholics

Curbing Shopping Tendencies

Stacy Johnson of MoneyTalks had a great phrase for describing over shopping: “When your purchases shift from impulsive to compulsive, you might be a shopping addict.” Psychologists often label it “compulsive buying disorder.” Like other impulse-control issues, such as binge eating or gambling, whatever you decide to call shopaholism, it can easily spiral out of control and cause serious financial as well as emotional distress. One way to curtail over spending is to make a list of what you need to buy and approximate costs. Leave your credit card behind and carry only this amount of cash. 

Ask Stacy: How Can I Curb Emotional Shopping

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