Not everyone is a year-round shopaholic. For many people, this addiction only comes along during the holidays as an emotional response to seasonal loneliness or anxiety. Shopping desires are triggered by an increased influx of commercials and advertisements in the mail, on walls, on television and the radio. Additionally, the holiday season can feel like an excuse or “permission” to act upon shopping impulses. If you or a loved one suffer from shopping addiction, it is especially helpful to pay extra attention to seasonal stimuli. Suggest changing up your holiday celebrations -instead of buying presents, decide to do a something like a skill swap instead. Time spent is much more appreciated than money spent.
Read the full article here: 7 Ways to Battle Shopping Addiction
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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.