Confessions of a Reformed Shopaholic: 5 Tips to Keep Your Shopping Urges in Check

“Shopaholic – A person considered to be addicted to shopping”

Over the past few years, I’ve grown to dislike that word. We women sometimes glamorize being a shopaholic, and as a lover of fashion, I often battle with the balance of keeping an updated wardrobe and not falling prey to over-consumption. Unfortunately, in the past, the latter would sometimes win, then the feeling of guilt would overcome me. Buying clothes is a necessity in life, but buying too much can feel materialistic and excessive, not to mention it’s bad for your finances. I would say that I’ve moved beyond that in the past years, but sometimes, the itch returns and I have to remember why I’m no longer about that life.

Here are five actionable steps that I take to ensure that I don’t fall back into my past shopaholic tendencies:

  1. Budget. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love to budget. It’s hard for many persons to make a budget much less stick to one, but it’s something that I enjoy. Maybe it’s the fact that my career life is in the financial field, so I’m crunching numbers all day, everyday. Or maybe it’s just the sheer pride you feel when you have your money all accounted for (kinda, sorta). Whatever it is, I regularly review my budget, and I urge everyone to do the same. By creating a budget, I can better assess and plan for any purchases and avoid over-spending.
  2. Wardrobe purge. Every now and then, I do a wardrobe purge and get rid of items that no longer fit me or that don’t serve a purpose in my life anymore. It’s good for rediscovering items that I may have forgotten about, which I can now put into rotation once again to feel like a new outfit. It’s also a great opportunity to donate items to the less fortunate or sell them to make a few dollars. I’m currently going through a wardrobe purge, and I recommend everyone try it at least once a year.
  3. Think long-term. Before making a purchase, I think to myself how long the item will serve me. If it will be short-lived or worn only once, I leave it alone. I’m all about getting sufficient wear out of anything that I buy, and I hate one-time use purchases.
  4. Prioritize more important activities. Shopping can be fun, but spending your money on things that increase your overall quality of life is even better. Paying my bills is always my #1 priority, but with that aside, planning a trip, eating healthy, planning for retirement – these take precedence over shopping.
  5. Walk away. If all else fails, simply walk away. If I find myself pondering for a long while on an item, I leave it alone and walk away. It wasn’t meant to be. If after a few days and I haven’t thought about it, then that validates my decision to leave it alone.

They say confession is good for the soul. These are my confessions. What are yours?

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