- You shop because you are happy/sad/frustrated/bored.
- You shop thinking that it will change your state of mind.
- You shop to kill time or with an excuse of going out.
- Your shopping goods are more of things that you bought because they were got at discounted price.
- You buy most goods on credit.
- You go out for shopping every time you feel stressed out.
- You end up feeling guilty for the things that you have got at the end of your shopping spree.
If your answer is ‘Yes’ for more than 4 of these questions, then you are an emotional shopper!
Of course! You feel good about doing this occasionally, right? We all need this feel-good factor to keep our energy levels high. But who would want a houseful of “not so useful” things, which you got at a shopped just because you got it at a discounted rate and also ended up feeling guilty. I am not asking you to stop spending, obviously. At the same time, you would not want to throw away your hard earned money on unwanted stuff, just because you are feeling low, frustrated or extremely happy on a particular day.
Here are tips about what you could do to stop being an emotional shopper, because a penny saved is a penny earned.
- Go shopping, but just take pictures: Ha!! this is difficult. But with little control this is possible. I have been there and done that ;).
- Going out and freshening up is one way to relieve your stress. But just don’t shop for the entire feel –good goods. Take a pic of all that you feel like shopping instead of actually shopping. That is doing some ‘window shopping’. Come back and evaluate your list.
- Take a good friend along with you to the mall: This co-shopping boots your immune system and enhances your moods. Also, malls are large enough for you to walk around and get a good exercise. You don’t need to shop, just have some gala time. That’s a win-win situation. They will make you feel good and might also advice you against shopping for unwanted stuff!
- Take a massage: Put your time and money to good use. Massage gives you a sense of comfort, caring and empowerment. Massage helps you relax your mind and thereby helps you get out of that stage of money splurging.
- Find alternative activities: Swimming or spending an hour at the gym is another non-expensive alternative to shopping. Or, if you have kids, what better way to spend your afternoon other than with the cute little ones? Take them to the park or a nearby library and make use of that constructive time to even make your kids happy along with rejoicing yourself.