Compulsive Shopping doesn't look like this.
See that photo on the left? A glamorous experience that makes you feel great afterward - yay!
That's not compulsive spending.
It's shopping in response to an emotion. A trigger.
It's a way of avoiding pain. Of getting a temporary high. And it feels lousy afterward.
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Signs you are a compulsive spender:
- You have clothes that still have the tags on them. Packages unopened. And you're spending at the expense of necessary bills
- You're in debt - and it's not backed up by assets. Your credit cards are maxed out.
- You make budget after budget and stay on track...then you splurge or binge
- You hide what you have bought from others and you lie about the cost
- It feels great when you get the item - but purchase regret follows soon after
- You have too many things you never wear or use
- You buy things on impulse, the word "sale" is compelling
- You're fighting with others about money, including those close to you
- You feel shame and guilt about your spending
- You feel wired, excited, a bit hyper, stimulated when shopping - or you're trying to buy your way out of depression
- You tell yourself you won't need to buy anything else after this purchase, but you never have enough
- Shopping and spending are your go-to coping strategy when the world feels too much or you're stressed