Do you think about buying new things every single day? Find out here if you have a compulsive shopping disorder.
Most of us lurve shopping, but not all of us are addicted to it. That means, save for the occasional impulse buy, we’re able to control our material desires and not spend more than we can afford.
If that sounds unlike you, you just might actually have an addiction. Otherwise known as compulsive buying disorder, it’s characterised by an obsession with shopping and is a type of buying behaviour that can result in emotional and financial distress.
Not sure where you lie on the spectrum? Read on for signs you can look out for. If you suspect you have an addiction, don’t be afraid to approach WE CARE Community Services for help.
Your purchases still have their tags on
You’ve not enthusiastic about the things you buy as you are about spending money. You feel like you just need to satisfy the urge of buying things, and impulsive buys are a frequent occurrence with you. Your purchases never the light of day, much less have their tags removed.
You feel like shopping when good and bad things happen to you
Got a promotion? You want to go shopping? Had a bad day? You want to go shopping. Whenever your emotions fluctuate, you feel like spending money to either ride on an adrenaline rush or fill a certain type of void.
You’re all too familiar with buyer’s remorse
Regret doesn’t set in till after you’ve made your purchases – basically till after you’ve chased the “high”. You don’t need or want most of the things you’ve splurged on, but find it hard to rationally factor in these considerations when shopping.
You feel the need to hide your new buys
That’s because, deep down, you know you’re spending excessively and possibly even more than you can afford. You feel ashamed by it, but you don’t know how to talk about the problem with family and friends.
A version of this story first appeared in CLEO. Offering an insider perspective on everything a twenty-something woman in Singapore wants or needs to know, CLEO Magazine is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.CLEO.com.sg to subscribe.