It’s one thing to love a good sale. It’s fine that you splurge or treat yourself once in awhile. And it’s perfectly okay that you bought a pair of shoes because you’ve worked really hard that week. It’s not ok, however, when you splurge on an item with money you do not have, or feel the need to lie to people about how much money you spent on clothes. Or you have more clothes than you can wear, You my dear might be a shop-a-holic. The first step is identifying the habit(like shopping when you’re sad) the second is to take this quiz to find out the truth.
True or False? Evaluate the following statements:
1. When I am feeling depressed, I usually go shopping.
2. I spend a lot of money that I do not have on things that I do not need.
3. I get a rush when I make a purchase, but I “crash” soon afterwards.
4. I have closets full of clothes that I have never worn, and countless gadgets that I have never used.
5. I often feel reckless and out of control when I shop.
6. I lie to my friends and family about how much money I spend.
7. Even though I feel very distraught about my debt, I still shop.
8. I feel emotionally upset and disturbed by my own shopping habits.
9. After a big shopping trip, I sometimes feel disoriented and depressed.
10. My shopping has caused problems in my personal relationships in one way or another.
Did you answer “True” for four or more of the above statements? If so, it is possible that you have a real problem with compulsive shopping. You might have a serious addiction. Perhaps there is a reason why you shop like this, in any event please see a therapist (and maybe even a financial planner to help with your spending.