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Are You Addicted to Shopping? Here are 10 Warning Signs

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In a world full of advertisements, it can be difficult for the average person to keep within a budget and shop only for necessary items.

In fact, my weekly mail consists of several credit card offers and my favorite department stores’ coupons and discounts. Imagine how horrible it would be for someone who loves to spend money to pass up all those great deals!

If you struggle with excessive shopping and spending, you may dread the temptation that awaits in your mailbox. At the same time, you can’t wait to feel the rush of positive emotions that temporarily come with your shopping experience.

You might be addicted to shopping if:

1) Your shopping habits are destructive.

If an activity like shopping is destructive to one’s life and relationships, it may be considered an addiction, according to Tina B. Tessina, a psychotherapist and author of “The Real 13th Step: Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance, and Independence Beyond the Twelve-Step Programs.”

2) You spend money on items you can’t afford.

For example, remember that 80-inch TV you bought recently? Was it really necessary? If you’re spending money you can’t afford on objects you don’t really need, there may be a problem at hand, Tessina said.

3) Your purchases just seem to pile up.

If you can’t keep up with opening the items you’ve recently purchased, you may be in over your head with a shopping addiction. Hoarding and stockpiling purchases without even opening them is a warning sign, Tessina added.

4) Your personal relationships are suffering.

If you’ve heard family or friends express their concern about your shopping habits, it may be time to take a closer look at why you’re shopping excessively and beyond your means, Tessina said.

5) You’re late to work because you were too busy shopping.

If shopping gets in the way of your priorities, such as working so you can afford to pay your bills, it becomes a major problem, according to Tessina.

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