Do you shop when you're depressed? Angry? Happy?

United States
February 20, 2007 10:07am CST
Sometimes I get frustrated with life and I find myself surfing the web, looking for a small goodie to cheer me up. I've had days when I made purchases from two or three e-tailers, and sometimes regretted it. Fortunately, it hasn't caused me financial hardship, but I can see how it could, if it got out of control. I've spent as little as $5, up to $50 or $60. I usually buy cosmetics, perfumes, bath products when I'm feeling blue, but sometimes clothes or shoes. DH sometimes teases me about all the boxes I get delivered! Do you shop when you're upset? What kind of things do you buy? How much do you spend? Do your friends, spouse, parents think you have a problem?
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@ekwits (511)
• Thailand
20 Feb 07
YEAH I DO. I think when i'm depressed and then I get to shopping, I'm gonna be like wow I'm real happy =) no more angry. + rates for you all, thank you.
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
20 Feb 07
Maybe I did this when I was very young.Now I'm a mother for son and things like this not good for me.I mean when you care about where you spend your money you avoid do shopping therapy because you know the next day you gonna miss these money from some other place.I shop now when I really need and want shop.
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@coolcager (497)
• Costa Rica
21 Feb 07
sleep when i am depressed or angry. or eat something if im angry. if im happy i go shopping. how can you think of what you are going to buy if you are angry and depress. soo its better to shop when you are happy. and when you are with someone. i spend about 50$ for buying clothes and pants. 100$ for a nike shoes. lol
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
21 Feb 07
i do shop when depress, too. feels like i get to shift my depressed mood into something better when i go out and shop. it's one way for me to change my mood into something better.
@pinknic (307)
21 Feb 07
When I'm in a bad mood I always drive to the shopping centre (mall) to go shopping. I don't even have to buy anything, just being there cheers me up. I usually buy clothes and occasionally a CD or DVD which I can look forward to listening to/watching. I also love Starbucks so I usually make a trip there to get a frappuccino as they make me happy!
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Actually i've done this often.. but i just consume a little budget for it... I even see myself in a hairdresser parlor where I don't actually want to let my hair cut as what my gf like me in long hair..(its one way of shopping lolz) When im am more depressed rather than happy, i got to malls...
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
21 Feb 07
i don't buy things over the internet. honestly, i don't have a credit card to do it. haha! anyway, yep. my siblings and mom thinks i am insane. i buy myself shoes and clothes even if sometimes i cannot wear them anymore. i still have two pairs of shoes and some new clothes which i haven't worn yet. and still, i feel like i want to buy something more. good that there are times when i am thrifty. actually, i am thrifty. but when i feel like buying something, the problem is, i shop till i drop. mostly, my main reason for buying is when i feel bored at home and that i wanna go out and go to the mall, look around. there really are times when i feel like wanting to buy something up to the point when i feel that that something is so irresistable. i end up buying things again.
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I'm not really into retail therapy :). Thank God, because that would have made a big dent in our already tight budget.
@charms88 (7546)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
When I'm in one of my depressing mood, I will holler anyone of my friends, go out and have a cup of coffee or lunch. I used to go out and shop for things too. But I wasn't able to buy much since I'm really in no mood to buy anyway. But I knew one friend who will use her money and buy things extravagantly. Depression can occur to anyone and it is definitely normal. We always try to look for ways to cure ourself of depression. You can call your friends, any family members, or simply log in at mylot just to pass the time.
@essilem (286)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I rarely in the mood to shop when im depressed. I would rather order take out food and eat as much as i can. That's where the cheeseburgers, the french fries and the biggest pizza comes in. lol! Come to think of it i dont really want to buy anything for myself, its like i dont need anything. When i was younger i was always going gaga over long wearing lipsticks ... but now i hardly wear them. hmmm...
@thebeing (657)
• Romania
21 Feb 07
well, i shop mostly when i have money... hehe. :)
@anup12 (4182)
• India
21 Feb 07
A very good idea perhaps to make your depression go away,but if you think in the correct perspective,you may loose some importnat money.
• India
21 Feb 07
i think shoping would reduce the depressionand angry....
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I treat it as a therapy. It helps relieve my stress. As long as I am careful in spending my money. I mean as long as I budget the money that I am going to spend. I think there's nothing wrong with that as long as you are enjoying.
• India
21 Feb 07
i think there is no one in the world who choose to shop while he is angry or depressed all people would shop when they are happy but when you have a wife ypou have to shop if you are going to die. lol. but it is a fact.
• Indonesia
21 Feb 07
I play a game, every time a get frestrated with life. I can kill any body, kick some butt or some like that. It cost me nothing, but time. Try it some time.
@babyjane (1395)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I don't shop when i am depressed or i am angry. I just spend my time in the beach 'coz i found peace on that place. When i am depressed, well i would just put my journal on and write all the pain and the reason why i am depressed. After all, i faced life stronger than yesterday.
• Malaysia
21 Feb 07
when i angry i slepp when i mad i sleep when i sad i sleep when i happy i laugh..
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
when i am depressed i used to eat alot. but now no more, when my baby came into my life, all the bad things, depression, stress gone away... truly babies are gods blessings, when he smiles at me, i feel like i'm in heaven, he really keeps me up,
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Shopping is indeed one of my feel-good activities. When I'm angry, I shop. When I'm depressed, I shop. When I'm confused, I shop. When I'm happy, I shop! SHop! Shop! I go for small stuff only, like books, bric-bracks, a simple blouse. I also go to thrift shops and expend my energy/frustration/anger there. After the shopping, I sit back and enjoy my great buys.
@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
usually, i just window-shop, unless something interesting catches my eye in the process, and oftentimes, that something interesting is a beauty product. lol!