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Are You a Shopping Addict?
In today’s society, shopping is seen as a fun activity (much of the time) and many men and women like to get out there and make some purchases that make them feel good. I’m sure you can relate to heading to the mall or department store for that “thing” that you’re eager to have, purchase it, and smile all the way home. Shopping can certainly be a recreational activity, but what about those who overdo it. Those that overspend because shopping has become more than just an occasional outing.
It’s become an addiction.
How do you know if you’re a shopping addict? Well, there are certainly some signs. A shopping addict will most likely be shopping out of compulsion whether he or she needs the products or not. She may not even have the money, so will go ahead and put the purchases on her credit card. One trip to the mall can put someone back hundreds or thousands of dollars for sure.
Here are some signs that you may be struggling with shopping addiction:
· Buying things you absolutely don’t need.
· Charging items on your credit card when you know you don’t need them.
· Feeling depressed and deciding to go shopping so you can feel better.
· Lying about how much money or time you spend shopping.
· Getting angry when you can’t shop for some reason.
· Shopping more frequently even though you keep telling yourself you’re going to stop.
· Getting a huge rush when you go out and buy that big purchase.
Help for shopping addiction
Should you feel you are a shopping addict or you simply shop too often, there is help available. Just like overcoming any addiction it requires you to surrender to the fact that you have an addiction. Then you can reach out for help via a counselor, 12 Step group, or look for an inpatient shopping addiction rehab. The good news is that you can overcome shopping addiction and go on to lead a life where you shop as necessary.
Do you think you have a shopping addiction or shop too much?
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