Oftentimes, we begin each payday with a budget in mind, and while such a concept may be easy for some, others may struggle—and find themselves with very little money soon after. Yet despite such, they may continue on with harmful spending habits, either being in-denial of having them—or aware, but ashamed. In turn, while in the midst of a world that has normalized both online shopping, and shopping by foot, those who struggle with such have a number of outlets to choose from, depending on which out of the six categories they fall under. The varying types are listed as follows; 1. Flashy shopaholics, 2. Bargain hunters, 3. Compulsion-shopping addicts, 4. Trophy Hunters, 5. Collectors, and 6. Bulimic shoppers.
First and foremost is flashy shopaholics which are individuals who “spend big and look for the most dazzling items. Their goal being to impress others”. Second is bargain hunters who “will buy products that they don’t need simply because they’re on sale. Getting a deal is what drives the addiction”. Third is compulsion-shopping addicts who “turn to retail when they’re emotionally strained. The act of purchasing relieves anxiety”. Fourth is trophy hunters who “want to find the perfect items and will search diligently for the best products”. Fifth is collectors who “want multiple versions of the same item in a different color, size, etc. For these individuals, collecting fuels the addiction”. And sixth is bulimic shoppers who “cycle through buying and returning items”.
In turn, these are all signs that one should look out for if he/she notices a friend/family member struggling—and/or even notices signs in himself/herself. Some common ones are; feeling guilt following a purchase, buying an item with the knowledge that it will overdraft your count substantially, accumulating a significant amount of debt through the use of multiple credit cards, etc.
In conclusion, each shopping addiction can pose as harmful for not only the individual himself/herself, but his/her loved ones. For, it can begin to take a toll on those around him/her, if he/she begins to dip into the family finances, or even into the savings of his/her significant other. As a result, broken relationships may come about—as the individual’s addiction begins to spiral out of control. That’s why it is important that those who struggle with compulsive shopping get the help that they need sooner—rather than later—so that they may regain control of their lives, following therapy.