5 Ways to Stop Shopping Addiction (From a Shopaholic’s Point of View)

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1. Do not bring your credit cards all the time (especially in the malls)

Admit it, having your credit card with you boosts your confidence when you enter a mall or an area where paying is almost possibly present. It’s amazing how those little plastic cards can give you such purchase confidence – the very reason you need to leave them at home. People tend to spend more when they use their credit cards because they don’t actually see the money slipping out of their hands, so there is very little or no heartbreak at all. This is the number one rule if you want to stop your splurging.

2. Budgeting 101.

The problem with shopaholics isn’t the actual spending or shopping but rather, the excessive shopping and splurging that they do. So instead of depriving yourself to shop (which is highly impossible), give yourself the permission to splurge once in a while, just don’t overdo it. The technique is by allocating a certain budget for shopping; once the budget has run out, you no longer have the shopping privileges until the next pay day.

3. Bring someone to shop with you.

People tend to splurge more when they shop all by themselves. The presence of a companion allows you to limit your purchases as you tend to feel embarrassed about spending too much. This technique is also best if your shopping buddy is vocal enough to reprimand you if you’ve spent too much.

4. Give it a day.

When you like something so much in the mall, combat impulsive shopping by giving it a day. When you do not respond to shopping impulses, you tend to develop more control over your urge to splurge.

5. Consider your emotional state when shopping.

People tend to over-shop when they are in extreme emotional states: too happy or too sad. Very happy people like to believe a need for a celebration which could be an excuse for over-spending, while people who are emotionally down find solace in shopping for things to comfort themselves. They want to believe that shopping fills the emptiness they are feeling. So if you are in either of these emotional states, staying at home is the better option.

Shopping is a good therapy; it is a proven de-stressor to many people as long as it stays within the normal limits of spending. When you run out of buying because of shopping, that’s when it becomes an addiction. When you show poor control over your splurges, that’s when it becomes an addiction. A lot of lives have been destroyed by this addiction, as enticing as shopping may appear, it is similarly a very destructive habit when not done in moderation. So give yourself the permission to shop and enjoy every minute of it, and when the budget is no more, learn to stop and control and delay the gratification until the next time it permits you to visit the malls again.

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