Confessions of a non-shopaholic: When shopping becomes a problem.

I’m starting off my Monday with a confession. I once read an article about how shopping is a bad addiction, the article said that if you have four or more of these signs then you have a problem….

v  Shopping or spending money as a result of feeling angry, depressed, anxious, or lonely
v  Having arguments with others about one's shopping habits
v  Feeling lost without credit cards -- actually going into withdrawal without them
v  Buying items on credit, rather than with cash
v  Describing a rush or a feeling of euphoria with spending
v  Feeling guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed after a spending spree
v  Lying about how much money was spent. For instance, owning up to buying something, but lying about how much it actually cost
v  Thinking obsessively about money
v  Spending a lot of time juggling accounts or bills to accommodate spending

I had five therefore I decided to take matters in my hands. I did not go to therapy because that would make it more of a first world problem than it already is. But I decided to cut down my spending and It has been one month since I have been shopping (Yay go me)  but can I say that I am fuckin’ going out of my mind.  This is worse than being sexually deprived.

I’m  not a “compulsive shopper” no I’m  more of an emotional shopper(and this is not denial, it’s the truth) You annoy me, I buy a pair of shoes, if I’m frustrated, I buy something kind of habit. I knew I was developing a bad habit when I started giving my shoes more attention than people or when I started hiding my shopping bags. Yeah, I know you have been there too. See, my shoe addiction is another story. I guess the only reason why I decided to go on a shopping diet- that’s what I call it anyways is because I was avoiding dealing with emotions because I liked the thrill I got after shopping or the wait of my online order. I know you know what I’m talking about, tracking your order every few hours just to see what state it’s in.

While I’m shopping deprived and at the peak of losing my mind, I realized that this shopping diet I’m on is helping me in some sort of way find more about myself, teaching me patience, self-control and helping me discover my style more. I now actually know what is in my closet. Shopping everyday does not mean you have style, having style has nothing to do with your shopping habits. Even the people who spend their lives in sweatpants have style.  I think that over shopping is as bad for you as not shopping enough. Have we as humans gotten so materialistic? To honest, I cannot wait to shop again but I promise that this time, I will do it for the right reasons. I want to know, what are some of your shopping habits? 


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