Enjoy Your Life with financial Rules
My name is Sophie. I created this blog to tell the story of how I became addicted to shopping and lost everything, and had to start my financial life over.
When people hear the term “shopping addiction” or “shopaholic” they might think of some glossy, glamorous girl with tons of shiny shopping bags on her arm. It is almost seen as a status symbol as if it’s a sign of wealth or femininity. Not all shopping addicts are female, although of course, I am. But most shopaholics aren’t wealthy either, which ends up landing them in trouble when their over-spending catches up to them as it did for me.
Part of the problem with being a shopaholic is that it is not treated as seriously by society as being, say, an alcoholic or a drug addict. But in reality, shopping addiction is a lot like drug and alcohol addiction. The difference is, instead of being toxic to your mind or body, shopping is detrimental to your bank account.
When I say shopping addiction, I don’t mean going to the store and splurging on a few unplanned items (haven’t we all been there?). And certainly, not all shopping is bad or dangerous. A shopping addiction means massive amounts of debt. Shopping addiction means loan sharks. Shopping addiction means getting red bills in the mail every day and throwing them away because you don’t have the means to pay for them, but then turning around and spending more money on frivolous things.
If I tell someone I’m addicted to shopping, the usual reaction is that the other person laughs, or agrees that they too are addicted to shopping. It’s such a casual idea and a misused term in our society, and I think that is really harmful to true shopaholics like me.
I wasn’t always like this. I used to pride myself on being particularly good at managing my money. Somewhere along the way things changed.
I created this blog because I wanted to tell my story in the hopes that it helps someone else out there struggling with a spending addiction. It is just as real an addiction as alcoholism and can have terrible consequences.
Fortunately, there is also a treatment for shopping addiction. I am in therapy now, and hopefully, this blog also serves to help keep me accountable for my spending habits.
If this could happen to me, it could happen to anyone. If you or someone you know has a shopping addiction, get help right away. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late like I did.