Shopaholic

@gr8life (6253)
Malaysia
August 18, 2008 2:40am CST
I was a shopaholic but not anymore. I love shopping very much that I can spend money like no tomorrow for me. I think that is not a good habit. I saved a lot and spent a lot too *smiles* I stopped being a shopaholic when I got married three years ago. I make a routine to go back home right after my office hour. I know very well if I 'drop by' at any shopping malls nearby my office, I will definitely spend some money on something that I don't really need. My husband too, is against my habit and he keeps track of my expenditure. I am tired of him questioning each and every thing that I bought and so I stopped shopping eventually *smiles* I can't believe that it has been three years since the last time I spent my money for something unnecessary *laughs* I am glad that I managed to kick my bad habit!
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18 Aug 08
Wow good for you gr8life! I am also a shopaholic and I'm currently in the control process as I have listed some goals in my life that I know I will be able to achieve if I start saving money not tomorrow, but NOW! So I have been avoiding malls after office as well, as being in the mall, makes me wanna buy something, anything.
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 08
Hello purple_chocolat, Good for you! When I managed to stop my habit, I had eight credit cards with me with a lot amount of sum to pay. I ended up paying with my savings. I learned a good lesson. Now, I am credit card free and I really feel the freedom of not having one. I am lucky that I am able to save up again though it's quite late for me. Go for it! I hope you will be successful to kick the habit!
18 Aug 08
Thanks for the encouragement! Congratulations on being credit card free!
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 08
Hello purple_chocolat, You re welcome and tell me the good news when you're able to solve your problem *smiles*
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
19 Aug 08
I used to be really bad about spending my money. I never bit off more then I could chew but on the other hand I could have been saving more then I was. All it took was a little inflation and personal will power to buckle down and cut back on my spending and over time I learned how to really bargin shop and to have a shopping budget, even if prices were to go back down I still think I would be able to maintain my new saving lifestyle.
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 08
Hello bowtieguy, I feel regret now because if I didn't spend too much, I would have saved the money that I spent for shopping *sighs* I am lucky that I managed to kick the habit and now, I am debt free *smiles*
• Hong Kong
19 Aug 08
Great! Congratulations! It's a hard to kick away habit for me when I am a little depressed but I am doing a lot better than I used to and I constantly remind myself not to spend so much. But of course, I do give myself treats from time to time because I still think I deserve it.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 08
Hello wondericequeen, I was thinking about it for the past few days and that's the reason why I started this discussion *smiles* I want to stop myself from 'visiting' the malls and by doing this, I will ease 'the burden' of thinking of it *laughs* ...Well, it is very hard to kick bad habits and I am glad that I made it!
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
I am not really a shopaholic... but i had moments when i would just buy everything that i love... and the items will just clutter the house... i stopped that habit when i had my baby... so now... whenever i go to the mall... i would only buy the things that my baby needs... almost nothing for me...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 08
Hello aseretdd, Why do you think we changed after having baby? My priorities changed after getting married. I only concern about my baby instead of myself. I rather not to spend for myself for the sake of my baby's future. I am a better person now *smiles* Last time whenever my mother advised me not to spend for nothing, I would tell her that I only live for today. Tomorrow is another story. You can earn money but you can't buy happiness and my definition of happiness that time was to fulfill my useless dreams - having a lot of bags, clothes, shoes and make-ups. I took years to clear up the mess from my shopping spree!
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Aug 08
not really a bad habit!! well in my case i only shopped when i had the budget and buy..but if not i still go to malls just to stroll or buy some grocery stuffs on the grocery level..i find it relaxing and at the same time a good circulation on our blood to walk atleast an hour or so..
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 08
Hello vanities, Last time, I could go on a shopping spree for 5-6 hours a day with my stilettos on. Now, I just can't wear high heels! I admit that I spent too much. I could finish up $1000 in a day for my shopping for nothing! But now, I always be careful with my expenditure. Whenever I need to buy something, I will think twice before decided to buy. Nowadays, I always go window shopping a few times before I decided whether I really, really need that stuff *smiles* I learned a lot and I think I am better than before *smiles*
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Hi gr8life, I am like that also and this time struggling..lol, I miss it but I know it's not good also! I always buy stuff which I don't need and will end up not liking it after few days with me and give it to friends and sister..Anyway, I don't like to do it again!
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 08
Hello checapricorn, I never go out from a shopping mall without buying anything. That is why I think I should avoid all shopping malls nearby my office. I managed to kick the habit after getting married. My husband is very fussy when it comes to our monthly expenses.
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
18 Aug 08
I do loved shopping together with my friends and I do like to go to the children's department but it is very rare that I go bought something to myself because i am very delicate with the style and color as well and i cannot so easily in here especially for jeans but i do loved to go for jewel.....
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 08
Hello iyah10, I love shopping and I still do. Just that, I am no longer a shopaholic myself. I stopped like three years ago and as far as I can remember, I didn't buy anything for myself almost for two years. I only shop for my husband and son. Talking about a good wife *laughs*
@darksorrow (4671)
• Bangladesh
18 Aug 08
It is very difficult to leave a habit. Congratulations you could do that. But i think you are thinking to go to shopping. It is just i am guessing.
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
18 Aug 08
Hello darksorrow, Clever boy! It seems that sometimes you can really read my mind from a far *laughs* I have been thinking about it too often lately and that's the reason I started this discussion. I just want to divert my intention and stop it before it happens again *laughs* Really! I just don't want to spend money too much anymore!