So, I just finished reading the 5 Shopaholic novels by Sophie Kinsella, and I enjoyed every bit of them.
At some points, I could actually relate, although I don’t consider myself a shopaholic ;)
Here are some characteristics of a typical shopaholic:
- You try to find every excuse to avoid paying your credit card bills.
- You think hiding those bills will make them go away.
- You feel happy when you get to spend money.
- You make up excusers why you absolutely need to buy that hot dress or those cute shoes.
- You find no problem buying expensive gifts for your loved ones, even though you could use that money to pay your own bills.
- You’re an emotional shopper; meaning that you shop when you’re depressed, angry, or simply bored to make yourself feel better.
- You have a closet full of clothes you don’t even wear and things you don’t use.
- Whenever you buy something new, you tend to hide it from those around you.
- You lie about the prices to avoid long “You-shouldn’t-have” discussions.
- You have to justify every purchase to yourself so you don’t feel guilty afterwards.
- You receive several letters from your bank asking to pay your bills.
- Your family and friends are always telling you to stop shopping, but you just refuse to listen.
- You spend long hours online looking for the latest trends to buy.
- You’d rather have friends who are as addicted to shopping as you are, than have friends who tell you to stop shopping.
And the list goes on…
Stay tuned for my next article on how to cure your “shopaholism” ;)