If you shop during the holidays or even after, you know how tempting spending money is. There have been humorous remarks about compulsive shopping, but for some people, it gets out of hand, which leads to an addiction.
The attractive booths and discount signs are irresistible for shopaholics. Here is some more information on holiday shopping addictions and tips to control it.
The psychiatric term for compulsive shopping is "oniomania." It derives from the word "onios"(sale), and "mania" (madness).
According to U.S. Money, 5% of the United States population suffers from compulsive shopping. The shopper commonly buys things to make them feel good, which is usually caused by a trauma, depression, or low-self-esteem.
Compulsive shoppers shop according to emotion. They don't often care for the things they buy after the purchase. For example, a new dress may hang in the closet,or CD may stay in the package. Holidays make it much more tempting for them.
The Signs of a Compulsive Shopping Addiction
The following are common traits of compulsive shoppers:
- They about shopping habits.
- Compulsive shoppers are obsessed with credit cards or debit cards.
- They buy things, but never use them, and they hide them.
- Compulsive shoppers tend to overbuy for themselves or other people.
- Arguments often increase over the spending habit between family, friends, or spouses.
- Euphoria or excitement increases when they buy something.
- They feel ashamed or embarrassed after spending money.
Dealing with Compulsive Shopping During the Holidays
There are several ways to manage your spending habits during the holidays and after:
- Use cash instead of credit cards. The financial consequences register better when you don't swipe the card, since it happens immediately.
- Avoid shopping when you feel stressed, and turn off the T.V, which only worsens the problem. Consider speaking with a counselor, if you shop when you are stressed.
- Window shop after the stores have closed, or leave the billfold at home, if you browse when they are open.
- Don't shop at discount warehouses. If you must shop at discount warehouses, only take so much cash when you go.
- When you feel an urge to shop, or buy online, take a walk. Better yet, volunteer around your area.
- Take a shopping buddy along, and ask them to question purchases.
Holiday shopping addictions are serious. They can cause lifetime consequences. If you have a problem controlling your shopping during the holidays, seek treatment from a counselor, and request addiction software like Alleva to help you recover.