Shopaholism is an actual disease, people. Psychologists call it impulse driven buying. Everyone is susceptible to compulsive buying, but some are more prone than others. Buying a new pair of Jimmy Choos each week is indeed very satisfactory. But have you really thought about what that habit is doing to your budget and overall debt? Compulsive shopping is what leads most people to credit card debt and disastrous personal loan borrowing. The sooner you rein in your shopaholism, the less indebted you would be. Now, let’s look at simple and almost effortless methods you can try to control impulsive buying:
Delete Your Saved Credit Card Information off the Internet
One-click buying on Amazon or eBay? Disable it right now. If you have your credit card information saved online, then you can shop online with your eyes closed. Shopping sites cleverly make buying easy so you check things out without thinking twice. If you have to enter your credit card information each time to confirm a purchase, then you will have time to think whether you really need that new faux-jacket.
Stop Surfing Shopping Sites During Leisure Time
You may think you are “just browsing” when you visit shopping sites frequently. What you are really doing is making a shopping list in your head. Also, you are very likely to buy “something really cheap just this once” during one of these visits. Visiting shopping sites is like waving a heroin sachet in the face of an addict. The person will not be able to stop themselves from grabbing the sachet. If you want to cool down your shopping addiction, you need to stay away from the heroin, a.k.a. the shopping sites.
Disable SMS Alerts for Your Favorite Shopping Sites
Do you get several SMS alerts per day for “unbeatable prices” or “newly released” products on your smartphone? This is another tactic shopping sites try to lure in customers. Disable these if you want to control your impulses. Otherwise, you could end up clicking a link that takes you to a shopping site. Read the above point as to why this is bad.
Find an Alternative Hobby
If shopping is like a hobby for you to spend time, then you need to find another hobby. Find an activity to do that interests you without costing you like shopping does. Instead of shopping online for clothes, why not learn to make clothes, sew or crotchet? It will keep your mind preoccupied and away from shopping.
Shop with a List
In life, shopping is, of course, unavoidable. You will have to shop for groceries and other necessities on a monthly basis. It’s important to keep yourself from splurging on such occasions. It’s easy to go to the store to buy a bottle of milk and end up buying ten things that you did not originally intend to buy. You can prevent such unnecessary purchases by shopping with a list. Note down everything you need to buy on a piece of paper. When you are at the store, buy only the things on this piece of paper, and nothing more.
Addiction, even to shopping, is hard to shake off. It will take time and enormous effort on your part to stop being a shopaholic. In the meantime, try the above suggestions to help you get started.