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Compulsive Shopping: 4 Smart Ways to Avoid It

If you find yourself infected with compulsive buying disorder, do not wait until you finally find yourself out of control. Try these 4 tips to fight the urge of compulsive buying:

1. Determine Possible Reasons for the Behavior

Studies show that compulsive buying disorder may be secondary to much deeper underlying issues. Take time to reflect on what could be the possible reasons why you do such a thing. What after-feeling does it give you to buy compulsively? Do you find yourself with more worth if you are able to purchase stuff, even if you don’t actually need them? What do you feel if this compulsion is not met?

Some people do compulsive buying because they reportedly gain much self-worth everytime they do this; others feel in control while others feel relieved of the anxiety or the emptiness they’re feeling.

It is important to establish the deeper reasons for your compulsive buying. If you have a trusted friend, you can ask his or her help. Or, if you believe that you need a much more professional help, feel free to consult one. It is similarly important to realize and accept that you are indeed battling with this behavior in order for you to be open to possible help that can do away with the compulsion.

2. Think it over for a few more minutes before finally deciding to buy.

One of the simplest but most effective ways to halt compulsive buying is to give yourself time and space to evaluate and debate (if you need to) whether the purchase is indeed necessary or just another meaningless splurge and waste of money. You may even ask yourself questions like, “Do I need this thing?” “Do I have enough money left for the purchase?” When you learn to debate with yourself, you can find more reasons that may help you do away with the purchase.

3. Do not bring that plastic card when you go to the mall.

Bringing credit cards wherever you go will unconsciously give you the assurance that you can buy anything you want with just a swipe, and this will not help control your impulsivity when it comes to buying. Bringing cash instead will help limit your purchases; when you have none left in your wallet, it means you can no longer buy stuff. So another wise thing to do is to bring just enough cash for food or gas, or taxi fare, otherwise, the purpose of leaving the credit card at home will be useless.



4. Make a list of your expenses (not a mental list).

Keep a jot down notebook or a make a budget tracker and bring it with you always. List all possible purchases and the amount that you have spent for them. Seeing the actual figures you have spent will make you realize how much money you have left and that will help you control the spending activities since you are greatly reminded of the available funds you have left.


Most people who do compulsive shopping usually have their regrets after they are done with it, and there would be no point in being regretful as you can no longer undo what took place. These simple ways will help you minimize the occurrence of compulsive shopping; it may be a little difficult to do at first, but you’ll certainly appreciate yourself for doing so.

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I Need to Buy This Now: The Truth about Compulsive Buying

I haven’t heard of anyone who doesn’t find pleasure in shopping and buying; well maybe not everyone is totally in love with it but it sure does give you that pleasant and gratifying feeling every time. Though a lot of people have been constantly dealing with shopping issues, the women are the more affected group when it comes to this concern.

Compulsive buying is one of the most battled-with issues when it comes to buying. It occurs when you can no longer delay your gratification and immediately purchase stuff to satisfy your wants. Yes, simply wants. The things that are usually compulsively bought by people are simply unnecessary stuff that they don’t actually need. In other words, they can simply do without it but at the same time, the urge to purchase is too string that before they know it they have already gone out of the store with their hands full.

Take an alcoholic for instance, while it almost becomes impossible for them to stop drinking alcohol, compulsive buyers similarly make it impossible for them to stop buying things that have tremendously caught their attention, plus, they do it in a heartbeat.

The thing about compulsive buying is you later on realize that you really didn’t need to buy those things, or it turned out to be just another meaningless purchase that has become a waste of money.

Compulsive buying has been linked to psychological issues too. Whether it has something to do with the reason why you do compulsive buying or the effect compulsive buying brings to you. Studies show that most people like to indulge in such activity because it gives them a feeling of self-worth which is linked with issues with one’s self-esteem. Some also find this practice as something that medicates their anxiety. Whatever a person’s reason for this, it is clearly unhealthy for anyone.

Often times, compulsive buying becomes a much more severe problem when one’s finances get out of hand. Compulsive splurging may result to increased monetary expenses and in the end result would be having less money than what you need. Does this sound familiar to you?

People may wonder why such behavior becomes an epidemic when the solution for it is simple. Well, it may appear simple to those who are not struggling with it but this is a very difficult issue for people who does it. Some even require professional help to get themselves out of this trap; while some have successfully managed to get themselves out.

Yes, compulsive buying is perhaps one of the best ways to test your self-discipline. When you give yourself a few moments to evaluate and debate whether or not you really need to do the purchase is quite a challenging task for people who do compulsive buying.

However, there is always a remedy for this behavior. If you find yourself becoming more and more uncontrollable everytime, you may want to consider seeking the help of a professional; or if you are maturely and efficiently dealing well with it, you may want to continue practicing self-discipline until such behavior is minimized.

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