are you a shopaholic

Ask yourself this question. Do you get a thrill every time you come home from the mall with bags full of bargains? Have you ever went ahead and purchased more than one pair of shoes at a time and then only worn each pair a couple of times? How many things do you think you have purchased that you can do without? If you believe that this sounds familiar than you may be a shopaholic.
We all know that in today’s society it is difficult to not to want to buy all the best new clothes, cellphones, iPods, TV’s and games. Everyday we are overwhelmed with the commercials and radio announcements dedicated to the lifestyles of celebrities, but even they can live out of their means, and that uncontrolled urge to shop can have negative effects on your job, family, and your finances.
You will find warning signs to watch for in your spending habits. If you shop emotionally which pertains to you going shopping because you are angry, depressed, lonely, guilty, or sometimes even happy, some people will feel guilty if they have over shopped, but they will continue to shop to make themselves feel better and then feel the guilt again afterward. Some will not if they believe they deserve these type of rewards and this emotional cycle can surely take a toll on your finances.
You may feel a high like feeling or thrilled while spending. This feeling is similar to those who have addictions to other challenging activities, such as drug or alcohol addictions, gambling addictions, or the thrill of seeking out revenge on others. If you find yourself with items that have not even been used, even still have tags on them, you could be spending for the sake of spending itself. You just enjoy the feeling you get from it. You may find that your finances have suffered due to this spending problem, so then you should contact a credit counselor to help you deal with creditors and educate you on financial responsibility.
You can do things to help break your habit, one big thing get rid of those credit cards, take away the temptation then it’s harder to go and spend. Get on the road to recovery, keep your family and your finances together, and you can enjoy a healthy and happy life without the burden of thinking how am I going to pay that next bill.