5 Ways to Beat Your Shopping Addiction

Have you stared at the receipt in your hand and wondered how you could have spent so much? Have you told yourself that bills might go unpaid if you made a purchase and bought it anyway? Shopaholics experience a lot of shame and constantly review the illogical nature of their compulsion. Unfortunately, shaming and logic do little to address emotional pain at the heart of a shopaholic lifestyle. To beat shopping addiction, identify and document your shopping triggers, analyzing emotional and relational needs that shopping fills. Replace shopping with a healthier activity or habit and change your atmosphere to alleviate your usual shopping cues. Seek support from family, friends, and community or online resources.

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By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at BehavioralCents.com, 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