7 Signs You Have A Shopping Problem + What To Do About It

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When I was younger, I had a shopping problem. In fact, I refer to myself as a reformed shopaholic, even though I was never diagnosed by a professional as having a shopping addiction.

I’m not sure what you have to do to qualify for the ‘official’ title, but I do know that my shopping habits had a significant, negative impact on my life. I also know that I couldn’t stop shopping—which is enough for me to say that it was a problem.

We all indulge in a little ‘retail therapy’ every once in a while, right? But where do you draw the line? If this thought has ever crossed your mind, then keep reading for seven common signs of shopping addiction and what you can do about it.

It’s the constant buying that shopaholics get addicted to, whereas a regular shopper will feel happy taking an item home and putting it to good use.

You Quickly Forget About Purchases

The shopper’s high is real—so real that I used it to temporarily buffer feelings of low self-esteem, burnout and doubt. Whenever I’d feel bad about something, I’d use shopping as a way to cope.

A negative experience sparks an urge to shop

After the shopping high had faded, I’d often feel regret or guilt about my purchases. To hide the shame I felt, I overcompensated. I created a whole persona around loving shopping and loved to share my favourite saying: “You only live once. Buy the shoes!”

You feel guilt or remorse after you shop

This one is a red flag that so many people joke about. However, feeling the need to hide purchases from a spouse, family or co-workers is a sign that shopping is a problem in your life.

You try and conceal your shopping habits

This is why it was so problematic for me to tie my identity up with shopping. I felt like I wasn’t myself if I hadn’t shopped or wasn’t shopping.

You feel anxious if you don’t shop

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