I put myself on a “fun” allowance. $10 a week to spend on something crazy. It sounds like very little but so far has been just as rewarding as a big spend a thon. I can’t manage to keep it to $10 every week, but it works most weeks. Now there is Christmas coming, lots of opportunity to spend on other people. 3 years ago
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How I did it: I changed my habits slowly. I was clearly shopping for emotional reasons, not because I needed things. I took a realistic look at the impact shopping was having on my finances and how little I was using the things I bought.
Finally, I came up with a strong positive goal to motivate me to shop less. Thinking about the negative impact could make me feel depressed, which would make me want to shop.
Now I don't shop impulsively like I used to and it feels a lot more healthy. There is also more free time to do other things. Read how I did it… 3 years ago
I have too much stuff. I need to save more money for things I will enjoy more in the long run, and so I don’t become a bag lady eating cat food in my old age. 4 years ago
Ok… I live in the New York City area. It’s amazing shopping everywhere you turn. I tend not to look at price tags and just run to the counter. EVERYTHING I pick out is very pricey. My credit card bills… in total is probably around $8000. I’m a full-time college student… sadly I don’t have a job. I just can’t help but buy more and more stuff and I have so much clothes/bags/shoes that I bought and have never touched after bringing it home. I seriously need some help. 6 years ago
Considering I was at the mall for 3 hours today, I think I did pretty good. I bought a Coach wallet for $140, a Kenneth Cole wallet for $55, and 2 CDs for $35. The wallets were presents, so they don’t really count. Now all I need to do is buy a Xbox360 racing game for Jesse’s brother and I’m all set for presents. 6 years ago
I bought a cute black dress (totally justified, as I needed one, and it’s my birthday tomorrow) at a boutique the other day, and then randomly walked into Louis Vuitton. I ended up buying a new Damier Speedy, on the spot! Freaking hell, I need to stop compulsively shopping. I promise that I will NOT buy a new purse until I get rid of my debt. 6 years ago
I have been a shop-aholic since day one. I workout just for boxing day shopping. The only problem is I just started University, and I am living away from home, which has a large price tag on it. Yet I still keep shopping like I did before I moved out. I just can’t stop!!!! my school is right infront of the Eatons center, which is only one of the best malls in the world! I feel good when I buy something, but an hour later I am down again. I feel horrible after buying something, and even worse when I get my visa bill. How can I avoid going to the mall, but stay in school? 6 years ago
Ok, I guess you can call me a shopaholic, although I HATE that word. I love to shop for stuff, but I don’t think I do it too much, it’s just that I spend too much shopping. What can I say, I have rather pricey taste in things. Anyway, I need to keep reminding myself to save more and don’t spend excessively. It will be tough, it’s been my new year resolution and I haven’t worked on it except for 1 month this year. I’m hoping my reminder will keep me on track, that is after I get some CDs on Amazon, purchase a pair of flats from Nordstrom and some items from Bluefly – yikes, there I go again, STOP ME! 6 years ago
Ok so after the gym my mother offered to take me to go get a few new things at the mall before I go back to college…I love new clothes! Now for the bad flip side….I must tell my mother no.
1.She just took me shopping last week and I got a lot of cute new things.
2. I finally had the willpower to throw out stuff that didnt fit or I didnt wear anymore (it only took a year).
3. I want to save money (including my mothers)
4. I am working on losing weight, so if I buy new stuff now it will be too big in a month or two…seems a waste. Plus if I buy new clothes I love I wont have the motivation to lose weight to be able to buy new loving clothes.
5. Ill need more money from my parents for stupid stuff like shampoo and gas before I go back to school…and I feel bad asking for so much.
Now I just have to tell her no. 6 years ago
I have been..not because I have been able to refrain myself from doing it. I just have not had that much time and chances to do so. I’m not considering this goal achieved. Because I crave for it. I miss the malls. I see stuff in the magazine and I’m like I want them all!!!! This is bad bad bad. 7 years ago
I am a hopeless and endless shopaholic…I am what one of my best friends called “Singapore version of Rebecca Bloomwood” a fictional character from Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
I shop almost every and any other weekend, any public holiday. When there is a sale in major department, I will be there! My galfriends who had shopped (and currently still is!!!) with me get infested by my disease. They claimed they would only buy things when they are with me. For I have shopped so much in my life, I know good enough what is NICE & TRENDY and what looks great on a person just by taking a mere look on the stuff.And they would only buy when I comment that “it is nice” or reject buying if I would say “Not nice” though they think it was nice in the first place.
Shopping is so therapeutic to me, I just can’t describe what wonders it does to release my working stress. How lifted I am to work wearing a new piece of clothing or new pair of shoes..
Needless to say, it has done great damage to my pocket and savings. I had better STOP before i get addicted. But I think I am already addicted. It has become such a big part of me I can’t do without every week.
So hopeless. Only God can help me! 7 years ago
Just got back from the mall today.
I am a sucker for make-up items. It’s not that I don’t have enough money to buy them but I really need to slow down…I own too many items that I don’t really need.
It was tough trying to stay away from those counters but I survived it today. 7 years ago