I don’t think I’m a shopaholic, but I do know that I spend money occasionally on things that I shouldn’t without a second thought and while completely disregarding any budgets or frugalness that I’ve acquired recently. I can say I’m a lot better than I was, but as with any illness I’ve considered the possibility that I may be a shopaholic.
And of course I figured I should google it. Never google symptoms by the way, because an itchy back can turn into anything from pregnancy to food poisoning. I did think in this instance, it may be safe though.
Buying Things You Don’t Need or Can’t Afford: Yes. I think many people do this, but common sense is supposed to tell us that we don’t need a new costume for our dogs or we can’t afford a new car.
Shopping to Feel Better: I can’t say shopping has ever made me feel better. If I am depressed, angry, lonely or anxious, the last thing I want to think about is shopping. This does seem to be one of the main symptoms that shopaholics share though. Many addictions result in a need to “feel better” and usually end up making things worse.
Do You Hide Your Shopping?: Do you hide your purchases from others? Do you feel guilty or ashamed after going on a shopping binge? I have to answer “no” to both. First, I don’t have anyone to hide my purchases from except my 6 year old daughter, who would most often give me a thumbs up on anything new. I do feel guilty sometimes that I have purchased something I shouldn’t have could’ve waited on.
Has Shopping Affected Your Job or Social Life?: No, and to me this is ridiculous, not intentionally minimizing the fact that this is a true symptom of a real illness. I don’t miss work to shop and well, I don’t really have a social life. If I did have a social engagement I’m not missing it to go shopping. This symptom involves making the choice to shop instead of doing something else that may be considered “normal”…like going to work.
Shopping to Avoid Doing Something Else: I can’t say I completely understand this symptom either. I can’t really fathom how buying something would help me avoid doing something else. Let’s see, I hate going to the grocery store. I can’t really go buy a new sweater because I hate buying food. I still need to buy food.
I think these are the main symptoms. There are a bunch more, but they seem to be similar to these that I have covered. You can read the article here if you’re interested in all of the symptoms of a shopaholic. I should mention that it says if you answered “yes” to any of the questions, you should take the questionnaire with you to a doctor or mental health professional. Almost makes me want to go back and change my answer. I would say considering my results I may be just someone that should stop buying things I don’t need or can’t afford. I don’t think I need medial attention quite yet.
I did find out that I’m not pregnant or have food poisoning though. So it was worth looking up.