When Shopping Becomes a Problem

We all know someone who shops a lot. They talk about how much they love it, about what they bought. Some even openly admit that they have a problem. Nicole, blogger and author of Budgeting Babe wrote an article about her shopping addiction.[link] She gave a few smart tips for people who are trying to curb their shopping addiction. But how do you know if you have a problem in the first place?

If you think that you or your friend might have a shopping addiction, here are a few questions that should ask yourself:

Spending over budget. Are you in deep financial trouble because you overspend? Do you find yourself justifying purchases that you realistically can’t afford?

Compulsive buying. Do you ever go in for one pair of shoes and come out with 10?

A chronic problem. Is your spending more than just a Christmas spree, and a problem that you struggle with year-round?

Hiding the problem. Do you ever feel like you have to hide your purchases because you’re afraid of what your spouse or friends might say?

A vicious circle. Do you return purchases because you feel guilty, only to find that this guilt causes you to go on another shopping spree?

Impaired relationships. Have you lost touch with friends or family because you spend all your time shopping, use lies to cover up your debt, or generally isolate yourself others?

If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, seek help now. Shoeboxed.com is here to get your life back on track. Shoeboxed automatically organizes your online expenses in an easy-to-read format. It keeps you accountable, it keeps you organized, and it helps you confront your shopping addiction.

Leave a comment and tell your story, and let shoeboxed help you today!