Ask yourself if shopping is a hobby or an addiction. Could you stop yourself from buying the next great purchase? Take our shopping addiction test and see.
People develop shopping addictions because they essentially get addicted to how their brain feels while shopping. As they shop, their brain releases endorphins and dopamine, and over time, these feelings become addictive.
It is important to note that going on a shopping spree once in a while does not mean you are a shopping addict.
Compulsive shopping is also known as compulsive buying disorder. Just like gambling or binge eating, it’s uncontrollable behavior. When it causes financial distress and ruins relationships, help needs to be on the way.
Like all addictions, you use the excuse that you are angry or depressed. When shopping is an addiction or a hobby you think it will make you feel better even though you know it is temporary.
However, there are several signs and symptoms shopping addicts display that you might need to look out for.
I am not a doctor so I can not help you score this test. If you answer always compared to once in a while you will know if you have this under control or not.
The last question is a particularly potent indicator of a serious emotional problem.
Yes, shopping is a hobby. The real question is what benefits do you get from it? Do you cheer yourself up or give yourself a reward by going shopping?
Compulsive shopping is also known as compulsive buying disorder. Just like gambling or binge eating, it’s uncontrollable behavior. When it causes financial distress, help needs to be on the way. It’s one thing to surrender to the occasional impulse buy. But when your purchases shift from impulsive to compulsive, it’s the first sign that you might be grappling with a more serious condition: a shopping addiction.
If you watch the above little video and really can’t stop and are spending money you really don’t have, you might need professional help like all addictions.
Identify the shopping trigger. What activates a person’s urge to shop-boredom, guilt, shame anger? Even though this is hard to do try to keep a journal of what leads to the shopping binges.
Lastly, wait at least 24 hours to make the purchase. No matter what you do, if you don’t find an alternative and healthier way to fill this need, the shopping urge won’t fade.
So the first step in halting compulsive shopping is to identify the psychological need driving it. Does shopping provide pleasure, or does it help you avoid pain?
In other words, do you shop to feel something you don’t feel anywhere else throughout the day (a rush, excitement, variety, stimulation, being in control, feeling naughty), or do you shop to avoid feeling something negative, such as anxiety loneliness, or fear?
For the non-shopaholic, it may look like “crazy” or irrational behavior. It’s not. The shopaholic is often entirely rational. They shop for a reason — it fulfills an emotional need, so they keep doing it.
Replace shopping with something healthier seems easier said than done but it is the real solution.
Sometimes you just need to shop and can not afford it.
When shopping leads to overspending and financial problems I have the solution. This solution is only going to fix the financial part not the psychological part of your problem.
At first, you will think it is horrible but when you start finding some great things and spending hardly any money. You will change your mind.
You will get all the shopping and hobby fun out of your system with no guilt.
It seemed like my favorite hobby was viewed as trashy and gross by some of my friends from upper-class, suburban families. I find myself very embarrassed to tell them where I got my beautiful outfit and have lied more than once. Yet I buy nicer clothes thrifting than I do shopping at Marshall’s.
My hobby is satisfied and I hardly spend any money. When I clean out my closet I never feel bad throwing clothes away because they were so cheap. Even when I have money to splurge, I will always choose the individuality of thrifting over anything in retail.
Thrifting is like a scavenger hunt. That adds to the fun and makes it a real hobby for me.
I definitely do not waste time going shopping all the time. Instead, I love to travel to new places and explore things mainly because it gets my adrenaline up by getting me out of my comfort level. I love to go on adventures with friends, listen to music, or learn something new. Anything that excites you. I am sure you could find other pleasures instead of shopping. You just need to discover them.
You might enjoy reading my blog on folding clothing The best way to fold clothes