If just reading Elizabeth Hartney’s fictional account of “the day to day experience of shopping addiction” on about.com leaves you feeling exhausted, try to imagine what it’s like to really have a shopping problem. Here’s a sample of what Hartney describes: Wake up and make yourself two cups of coffee in your expensive new coffee machine. Go to work. Lunch break: Head to the mall for some retail therapy. Slow afternoon: Take a break with your favorite shopping website. Plan for five minutes, but all of a sudden two hours have gone by. Work hard to make up for lost time. Head home to creditors on the answering machine and past-due bills in the mailbox.
Read the full article here: A Day in the Life of a Shopaholic
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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.