Excessive Shopping: The Dangers Of Shopping And Buying Behavior

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There is enough encouragement out there for shopping. The slogan, "Shop till you drop, " appears innocent and cute. The good old axiom "Live within your means is drowned out by the noise of the new commercial inducement, "Buy now, pay later."

The earlier cautions which controlled people's impulsive and out-of temptation buying behavior are thrown to the wind by the popularity and ease of plastic currency. According to a 1991 article in the New York Times, an estimated six percent of the U.S. population has a problem with shopping and spending behavior.

Are you a problem shopper? The answer is "yes", if you or someone else thinks that you occasionally get carried away with shopping? In other words, do you or someone else think you do excessive …show more content…

Some financial advisers say that carrying a credit of more than 20 percent of one's take-home pay for discretionary items indicates a problem. How much time does one spend on in shopping? "How much" is "too much"? These are subjective criteria and depend on each person's individual circumstances. Granted that some buying is grossly excessive.

Imelda Marcos may not have spent a very high percentage of her money or time on her three thousand pairs of shoes, but every one saw that she had a "thing" about shoes.

Excessive shopping can lead to a more serious problem, compulsive shopping. Compulsive shoppers feel driven by the desire to shop and spend money. They experience tremendous tension which drives them to buying and spending and they feel a "rush" while they engage in the buying activity.

Some researchers believe that compulsive addiction is like any other form of addiction. However, it is a "smiled upon" addiction, so the addicts and others around them can laugh about it and take it lightly. But the financial impact of such an addiction and the feeling of loss of personal control over one's behavior can be devastating. They may feel hopelessly guilty. They may hide their purchases and shopping trips from their loved ones. The act of buying is more important to them than the items they actually

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