Can’t help shopping, but need to stop? What is there to do to quit this habit? In the words of a former shopping addict “it all starts with you.” Admit to yourself you have a problem. The piles of unused items in your house are probably already trying to tell you this. Many people justify their shopping habits by calling it “retail therapy.” This is probably the most pernicious way shopping addiction perpetuate itself. So say no retail therapy. Instead ask yourself if you can actually live without something you’re thinking of buying.
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.