Category Archives: Battling Shopping Addiction

Confessions of a Deranged Shopaholic

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Hi, I am Aloysa, and I am a shopaholic. But you already know this. The other day, one of my friends asked me if I knew how much money I spent on shopping in 2012. I was clueless. But being curious by nature, I pulled up all my bank account statements and did some research. I added, I subtracted and,… Read more »

Why I Don’t Say “No” to Myself When I Want To Spend Money

I can easily say “no” to other people. But I have to admit that it did take me a long time to learn to say “no” to others. Now, I don’t even think twice. If there is something I don’t want to be a part of, I simply say “no.” Sometimes I don’t even offer any explanation. However, saying “no”… Read more »

How My Shopping Addiction Almost Made Me a TV Star

Almost doesn’t count. My story goes like this: I was contacted by three TV talk shows this summer. I was interviewed over the phone numerous times. Nothing else happened. End of story. Jeff Probst: Marriage Problems In July I got an email from the Jeff Probst’s talk show. It was a very short and nice message, asking me if I… Read more »

Battling Shopping Addiction: Making Behavioral Changes

The other day one of my good blogger friends, Joe at Retire By 40, wrote a post titled Finally, A Pill For Shopaholics. According to his article, a pill that is used right now to treat Alzheimer’s might curb shopaholic tendencies as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy solution in the form of a small pill? Take… Read more »

How To Get Out of the Closet Rut

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I tend to do a lot of shopping when the seasons change. This is when things get out of control: I attack malls, one store after another, trying to find that perfect outfit, that one top that will change me forever. Months later, when fall turns into winter, I re-evaluate my wardrobe, ultimately ending up with donation bags stuffed with… Read more »

Curb Your Spending with Pinterest

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Yes, you’ve read it right and no, I have not lost my mind. I believe that you can curb your spending with Pinterest. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, you know then that I am a shopper and a spender. Because of my shopping and spending habits, I stayed away from Pinterest as long as I… Read more »

Dealing with Wants: How I failed my No-Buy Challenge

This post was featured in the following carnivals: Fin. Carn. for Young Adults at 20’s Finances Carnival of Retirement at Investor’s WatchDog Yakezie Carnival at Money Q&A Carnival of MoneyPros at Novel Investor Carnival of Financial Planning at Darwin’s Money Remember I was on a self-induced three month no-buy challenge? Here is my confession: I failed it miserably in March…. Read more »

A Retailer’s Worst Nightmare

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It is called buyer’s remorse, and it used to be my best friend for many years. Are you familiar with the feeling that slowly turns from euphoria into a queasy sensation of concern, guilt and self-doubt? Do you hear a haunting voice in your head that says “Why did you buy that? You act like a selfish bitch with no… Read more »