I grew up poor; I inherited a bad money spending habit from my parents. My parents did not have the idea of how to handle their finances in an effective manner, which is the reason why they did not teach how to handle it effectively. In my adulthood, I entered with the same bad habits, which my parents had during my childhood. I am a compulsive spender, like for instance; I was a shopaholic and was addicted to it. I had no willpower and not any sort of control over myself. When I did not have money in the bank, I was still able to find ways to spend money on shopping. I took on an amount of $30,000 in my credit debit before I enter my 20s age. Here in this post, I am going to share some helpful and fun ways, which you can effortlessly use to stop shopping addiction.
How to Fight Shopping Addiction to Get Rich
Completely based on my personal experience and on the conversation, which I had with my colleagues and friends. Here are some fun ways, which you surely can use to stop shopping addiction for good:
1. Cut Your Credit Cards
If you are a person who has a problem with compulsive spending, you certainly need to destroy your credit cards right now. You don’t need to make excuses of any kind. Don’t make lame excuses that you need to keep them in order to make credit score. In case your credit cards provide fuel to your emotional spending, you surely are better without them.
2. Keep Track on Money You Spend
Many shopaholics are not aware of the amount of money they are spending. Like me when I let my emotions take control of my financial life, I didn’t have any idea about the amount of money I was spending buying clothes, shoes, books, etc. However, when I started keeping track of my spending money, I really was able to control my shopping addiction to a great extent.
3. Evade Temptation
The best way to stop shopping addiction is to avoid the situations which tempt you to spend extra amount of money in the first place. If your weakness is buying branded clothes, the best thing to do is stay out of branded clothing stores. Stop at places where you have the chance to spend normally instead of spending a fortune.
4. Remind Yourself of Your Motivational Goals
I struggled a lot in my life, whenever I was tempted to eat something unhealthy, I asked a question to myself that will this be good for my health or not? Well, this same question can be asked when you are about to make a desired purchase. Will your bought new branded clothes bring you closer to your future goals or will they move you further away from it. In case you are not clear about your future goals, try writing a personal mission statement, which you need to achieve in future.
5. Ask for Professional Help to Stop Shopping Addiction
We are not living in a stone age era anymore, as we are making innovations in every field, there certainly is no shame in asking for professional assistance, which can help you stop shopping addiction. You can discuss your shopping addiction issue with a friend or a family member and ask for their support to put an end to this addiction for good and save money to become rich and wealthy. You don’t need to get angry when you go to a professional counselor when he/she gets angry on your misbehavior regarding your shopping addiction.
Well, at the end I will conclude this discussion by saying that the good news is you can surely stop shopping addiction by following these simple and fun ways. However, a lot of hard work will be required in order to achieve your goal in stopping shopping addiction for good. You need to keep focused for a long term in order to get positive results.
We’re working on paying down our debt. It’s been difficult, and it’s been a balancing act. But credit cards are definitely a huge obstacle.
I am so glad I have never owned a credit card. I was tempted to grab one when I lived in Dubai but my friend talked me out of it. My new sustainable living condition has helped me in cutting down on my spending.
I will be sharing this with my husband. He is the spender in our family lol.
It’s amazing how real shopping addiction is and I would be willing to bet that most people don’t even know that they have an addiction to shopping. You’ve got some great tips here though. Thanks for sharing.
These tips for saving money are incredible. Keeping track of the spent money is quite helpful to control unnecessary temptation.
I want to cut up my credit cards, but still in the stage where I am struggling with money because I made a tax form mistake. I am almost repaying the govt, so I can work to eliminate my credit card.
I’m not a shopping person but these tips would help a lot to save money and also I don’t use credit cards 🙂
It surprises me how much shopping we’ve all been doing. Consumerism is at its peak time high! I’m sure these ideas would work wonders at preventing more expenses than we can afford.
These are some great tips. I don’t really do gambling or shopping but I can’t see myself getting rich haha
Suman Doogar says
I wish I had that courage to cut my credit cards. I simply can’t 🙁 but I do ask myself thrice before buying new things. I don’t buy if i don’t need them
some useful tips here. When I was younger I liked to use cash because when my wallet runs out, it indicates that I’ve spent enough and should stop.
I am lucky not to spend a lot of money on shopping. I actually don’t like to go shopping and spend money, I would rather use it for something else, such as traveling.
Pearl | ownthepool says
January was a no spend month for me and I did a great job. We saved so much that I wouldn’t need to save in February or March if I chose not to. I think that I will keep up with this practice!
Ashli Ferguson says
Super great ideas!!! I bet I know some people who need this
Jessie Adams says
It’s crazy what can actually be an addiction. I’ve never had a shopping addiction, nor have I spent anywhere close to $30,000 oh, but I do have other addictions, so I know how it feels. It’s great you have found ways to get through it.
Cyndi Buchanan says
I cancelled my credit cards years ago and never looked back. Best thing I ever did for myself.
I feel like I have a few people I need to send this to. Thanks!
Brandi-Leigh Grant says
This is great! I have been fighting the urge to shop and spend money recklessly myself as we are trying to save for a wedding, and home renovations. It can be very hard, but focusing on your goals definitely helps.