Is being a shopaholic truly an addiction?

Not everyone agrees on the answer to the question of whether being a shopaholic is truly an addiction. MailOnline presents two women with opposing opinions. Carol Sarler says being a shopaholic is more about greed than addiction, writing, “You’re not ill, honey—you’re stupid.” Sarter believes over-shopping is a choice that leads women to act like children. On the other hand, Tamara Sturtz speaks from her own experience of compulsive shopping, comparing the highs and lows to those experienced by people addicted to drugs, alcohol, or gambling. Her shopping habit makes her feel guilty, especially when she sees the unworn clothes in her closet. Sturtz is hopeful about a new “shopping pill,” which could help.


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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