A new epidemic has hit America. While most scientists refer to it as oniomania, this condition is more commonly know as compulsive shopping, compulsive buying, or compulsive spending. Our society is constantly bombards by TV commercials, magazine advertisement, and online banner ads that persuade us to spend money, usually on purchases that we don’t need. And it’s having a significant effect on the nation’s population.
Shopping addiction is a very real problem, with an estimated ten percent of the American population making compulsive purchases or overspending. However, there is still question as to whether or not excessive buying is a true disease. It’s unclear if people can have a real addiction to shopping, or if their behavior stems from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). What is known is that many excessive shoppers are multi addicted and may abuse alcohol or prescription medication in addition to buying compulsively.
So what do you do if you’re stuck in a rut? Do you think you might have a problem, but don’t know how to stop? Here are a few quick tips to help you manage your addiction to shopping:
First and foremost, find a friend and tell them how you feel. Let them know that you think you may have a shopping addiction. Don’t feel embarrassed or guilty, and try to talk openly about your spending habits and emotions.
Have a list of exactly what you need. Every time you go to the store, make a list of exactly what you need. If it’s not on the list when you get there, you can’t buy it. Even if you forget something that you really need, you’ll have to wait until next time to buy it.
Go shopping with friends. Don’t let yourself shop alone. Surround yourself with supportive friends who won’t let you relapse.
Don’t fall for the good deals. Deals are only great if you really need an item. If it’s not on the list, you don’t need it, and if you don’t need it, it’s not a good deal.
And most importantly, be honest with yourself about how much you are spending. You need to keep a close record of everything you are buying and make sure that you are only spending money on things you need. It’s really simple – only buy what you can afford.
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