Shopaholic? Control the Urge to Splurge

Shopaholic is a person considered to be addicted to shopping and terrible at managing their finances. Sometimes people call it as “compulsive buying disorder”. Strange to hear but can we imagine this favourite pass-time of many of us can actually be a disorder.    

Many times we have heard women saying “I have shopped all my life still has nothing to wear”. Why does this happen? or you stand in-front of your wardrobe thinking “When did I buy that and when I am going to wear it? Then it’s simple you are a shopaholic and buy whatever you want on an impulse.

To curb this urge of shopping, try few of these tricks and become a smart shopper.

  • Declutter your closet: Before going for shopping open your closet to check what you have and how you can mix and match them to get a new look. Try to recycle your old clothes or accessories which are in good condition by adding bling to them. This will help you decide what exactly you need and make a shopping list.
  • Prioritise your need: Before going to shopping decide what’s on the top of your list and needs to be addressed immediately. Based on your choice of clothing plan where you would like to shop like any departmental store or any clothing source in your budget.
  • Shop with a good friend: If you want to come out of shopping maze, take a very good friend or family member, this will help you to get second opinion and also stifle your impulse to buy.
  • Keep yourself Occupied: Most of the impulsive shopping happens when you are bored or have nothing to do. To avoid such confusing situations, try to indulge in DIY (do-it-yourself) hobbies like reading, writing, painting, or any outdoor games. It will give you pleasure and some sense of fulfilment.
  • Smart Shopping: Before going to shopping always set a limit on your card or decide a budget, this will hold you back from shopping unnecessary things. Also never fall prey to regular sales or deal in various malls since they come with lot of hidden cost.
  • When to Go Shopping: Don’t shop when you are tired, stressed or depressed. Don’t shop at the last minute for something you need or when you are rushed. You will buy something out of frustration and end up with an expensive mistake. Vacation is the best time to do a bit of shopping. Shop when you are in mood and feeling energetic. Allow atleast 3 to 4 hours for serious shopping while expensive items deserve more time.
  • Advance Planning: Make a list of important days like your birthdays, anniversaries or festivals at the start of month. Accordingly save money and shop beforehand to avoid rush for last minute. This will not only save your time and money but avoid unnecessary stress.     

Maximum ladies shop when they are depressed to feel better and this is called retail therapy. This therapy works many times but it will leave a dent in your pocket. With digitization everything is going online, we receive hundreds of mail daily with different offers and end up buying them without checking terms and conditions and their return policy. Try to avoid it as not all online stores are as good as they pretend and quality is not upto that mark. Keep following above tips and enjoy shopping J, As Carrie has rightly said     

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