How to Resist the Perfect Storm of August Overshopping Triggers

How to Resist the Perfect Storm of August Overshopping Triggers

The end of summer can be one of the most challenging times of the year for overshoppers. Three compelling sources: end of summer sales, back-to-school deals, and the new fall fashions all come together at the same time to create the “perfect storm” for compulsive buying chaos.

A few years summers ago, I did a teleseminar with Debbie Roes, who wrote the blog, Recovering Shopaholic: Trade Your Full Closet for a Full Life. On the call, we discussed the three most common mistakes people make as a result of this seasonal pressure and offered many tools, tips, and strategies for successfully handling the strong August pull. It was so well-received that I wanted to share it with you again this August. To listen to that teleseminar click here.

And just yesterday, on her blog Overcoming Overshopping, Toni Marie wrote a post on the Pitfalls of August Shopping.

Here is a third resource, a new program that we have developed at Stopping Overshopping, LLC, that can help you with the August shopping pull.

This new program, The Urge Strikes Guided Self-Help Coaching, includes a powerful in-the-moment tool called The Urge Strikes that you can use, in real time, when the urge to shop or spend strikes and a 45 minute live coaching consult with our Clinical Coordinator, Marcela Torres, LCSW, who will have thoroughly reviewed your material before the consult.

Using The Urge Strikes self-monitoring tool:

  • You’ll investigate and assess the strength of your urge, your mood, your thoughts and feelings, triggers, and potential consequences of your proposed purchase.

  • You’ll identify your authentic needs and think about how you might meet those needs positively, even in a small way, right in the moment, rather than succumbing to a self-defeating overshopping urge.

  • You’ll also be prompted to ask yourself and answer six critical questions that will help you develop the ability to take a pause and make more mindful decisions when the urge strikes.

You’ll have access to this tool 24/7 on your phone, tablet, or your computer for one year. Using this powerful and effective instrument, you’ll be able to monitor your proposed purchase calmly and rationally. It will take just a few minutes, and the time, energy, and money you’ll save by pausing and thinking this through will be well worth it.

To read more about The Urge Strikes Guided Self Help Coaching program click here.

By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More