What a beautiful fall day!
Enjoying the remnants of fall foliage….
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Sweet hubby forwarded this article to me ~ here’s the condensed version.
Are you a shopaholic?
by Donna Fuscaldo Published September 25, 2012
How do you know if your shopping habits are simply excessive or addictive? Experts say it boils down to why you and how you shop. If shopping is used to fill a void or to boost a bad mood, those are key signs you may have a problem.
According to Terrence Daryl Shulman, founder and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding, there are seven types of shopaholics.
1.The compulsive shopper that uses shopping as a distraction to their feelings.
2. The trophy shopper who shops to find the perfect accessory for an outfit.
3. The image shopper that buys highly visible things like expensive cars.
4. The bargain shopper that buys stuff they don’t need just because it was on sale.
5. The bulimic shopper that buys and returns over and over again.
6. The codependent shopper that buys for love or approval.
7. The collector shopper that buys to complete many sets of objects or different colors of the same clothing.
Just like there are many types of shopaholics there’s also many signs you have a problem. Here’s a look at five of them.
1. Binge shopping. We’ve all splurged on an item that we really couldn’t afford. But it becomes a problem when the splurge shopping turns into binge shopping that happens all the time.
2. Shopping Gives You a High. Just like there are adrenaline junkies that seek out risky activities for a rush, for some shopaholics purchasing gives them a feeling of elation.
3. Constant Online Shopping. A telltale sign you may have a problem if you find yourself spending more time and money buying online, in catalogues or on TV shopping channels.
4. Financial Woes Because of Shopping. Credit card debt is common in today’s economic environment, but if your overspending is causing a financial burden to yourself or worse yet, your family, that could be a red flag that it’s time to get help.
5. Relationships Suffering. With most addictions whether it’s alcohol or shopping, a sign that things are spiraling out of control is when it starts to strain your relationships with loves ones and at work.
If you feel there is a problem there are things you can do to curb the overspending. Shulman suggests avoiding people and places that will tempt you to spend, cutting up credit cards and closing charge accounts, making lists before shopping and sticking to them, asking yourself if you need it or just want it before making a purchase and finding fun things to fill the time that went to spending. If all of that fails, it may be time to seek professional help.
Methinks hubby’s trying to tell me something?! Me, a shopaholic? Nah!