Retail therapy. It’s the best excuse to feel good when you are battling that feeling of not being in control, when you feel like you’ve gotten a bit plump, or when you are too depressed over some other circumstances. Yes, shopping does improve your disposition even if it is short-lived. Everyone wants to look good, I’m sure, and having the right clothes, accessories, even gadgets certainly require money. Whatever your comfort buys are, they surely serve their purpose all the time and would give you feelings of being in control again but, when is too much shopping too much? Or when is the time for you to raise the red flag on your spending? Let’s analyze.

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1. You spend a considerable time shopping and going about. Really, you can go spend time at the gym or have a fun day out with friends but you instead go about the mall buying whatever you fancy. You think that your job is like mystery shopping with yourself as the company trying to assess every shop you can get into. You made shopping a hobby.

2. You shop alone. Shopping with friends is fun and they give you a gauge at how much you should be spending or they advise you if one would be a good buy for you. If you shop alone and wouldn’t want their company, it could mean (though not always) that you do not want anyone knowing the extent of your purchase. For you, having friends around means you are not in control.

3. You use credit cards for purchase. It’s normal to use credit cards when buying something but what’s not normal is when you use credit cards because you’ve depleted your salary card for too much spending the previous month.   Searching for debt help terms and looking for other related topics could also be a sign that yes, you are shopping too much.

4. You lie about your loot. You don’t tell your other half or members of the family how much a product cost you. You would feel guilty at times so you say, “it was on sale that’s why I bought it.” Sometimes, you may even sneak your loot somewhere in your closet and pretend that it has been bought long ago…pretending you’ve forgotten about them totally.

5. You are ecstatic when you get your hands to anything with a price tag. Buying out of whim, an impulse – so to say, can give you that “high” feeling or that excitement that you have something new. (Trust me, I know that feeling too well.)

If you exhibit any of the above, it’s high-time you get help or be in control – not via retail therapy but a check on your spending habits. Know that shopping too much happen to many a teener and even older people. It’s not always on clothes, shoes and those, it could be on other items and whatever a person fancies. So know that you are not alone in this battle. There are a number of personal steps you can do to control the urge to shop and some of them include the following:

1. Do not go shopping when you’re in a bad mood. Try engaging in a sport to release those feelings of hate.

3. Buy only stuff you can return. So that you have the chance to get back the money in case you realize it isn’t really a good buy.

4. Leave your bank cards and credit cards when you go out. Yes, bring limited cash to gauge your spending.

If all else fails, you can always lock yourself in your room and read that book that has been collecting dust for the longest time now.