Avoid the Retail Therapy of Shopping

There are some people that use shopping as a therapy. They feel good by going out to buy things. They feel that the items make them feel happy. They may do this for all sorts of reasons. However, hhere are a lot of reasons why this may not be a good idea. These apply if you do not have much money, storage space or time and regret your purchases afterwards.

Cost

The cost of shopping is probably the main reason why it is not a good idea. There are very few people who can afford to do something like this these days and this is why it can be a big problem for some people. Sadly, there are a lot of people in debt and shopping can cause problems with store cards, credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans. If you can afford to shop then this is not a problem, but by using credit when you shop, you effectively massively increase the cost of the items. If you calculate how much they cost you once you pay off the loans, then you will be shocked at how much things might cost.

Storage

One problem of buying a lot of items is finding somewhere to store them. Houses can be quite small these days and if you are spending money on buying things, then you will not be able to afford to buy a bigger house to store the things that you buy. Consider whether you want a home that is stuffed to the brim with items or whether you would rather have fewer things to organise, clean and tidy away.

Time

Shopping can take a lot of time. You may be better off spending that time doing other things. If you shop because you are bored, then consider whether there are other things you could be doing. You could be working, seeing friends and family or doing volunteer work. There are many other things that you can do which could bring a lot of satisfaction and happiness.

Regret

Some people will look back on purchases with regret. Having regret in your life is not a good thing and moving forward from regret cannot be easy. Think hard before you make any purchases and then you should have no reason to regret them. Also do not be afraid to return items that you decide you do not want when you get them home. Some people even feel the need to lie to their partner about purchases that they have made and this can lead to even further regrets.

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2 comments

  1. Terri K (@tkharmonic) (93 comments) says:

    This is a family issue for me. I’ve learned that I can still get the shopping rewards for little to no cost though. I’m a big book person, so libraries are a great way to get the looking around brain part of me occupied, still get something to take home (or even read there) and not cost anything.

    Other than that, I can spend an hour or two at the thrift store and end up spending less than $10 because it takes so long to go through everything. Also I can spend a long time looking at cosmetics and come home with nothing but a cheap bottle of nail polish…but I’ve still gotten the “looking around at stuff so I can stop thinking about other stuff” out of my system.

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