A compulsive shopper splurges on her credit cards and then hides the purchases from her spouse. She wants to stop. Dr. David Krueger, a former psychiatrist and author of the new book The Secret Language of Money offers some advice.



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Javier@Mango

Thank you guys for this post! I really love learning about the psychology behind actions like spending money. The interesting thing about shopping or spending money compulsively, is that it acts like an addiction-- just like alcohol or, for some people, overeating, etc. It's about consuming; trying to feel "full" or "whole." In fact, I've known several addicts who turn to shopping compulsively once they get sober; so they are just replacing one addiction with another, thinking that they are all "better." While shopping is much less damaging than binge drinking or using drugs, or anything like that; it still isn't exactly healthy-- especially on your wallet. If you're having trouble with compulsively spending money, talk to a professional. How do you know you're having a problem? A) you might lie about it, B) you feel guilty about it, C) it interferes with other aspects of your life, and D) you realize you can't afford the things you buy, but you feel obligated to buy them anyway.

September 13 2011 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ike04chicago

Why is now @ AOL everytime you click on a news interest it's a video?? This is so annoying..............

September 09 2011 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

Best advice, buy American.

September 09 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C00KIE O21

My advice to compulsive shoppers. Buy it, take it home, then return it. The thrill is gone after you take the item home.

September 09 2011 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
PHYLLIS

Only shop at Goodwill or local thrift shops.....on thier special sale days! Twice the fun for less than half the price. Takes longer, to get the really great bargains, so increases shopping time. Only go the shops near expensive neighborhoods!

September 09 2011 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

Always buy American, that will slow down any shopper.

September 09 2011 at 7:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
douglas7347

I can tell that Wall Mart looks like they are going to cry.

September 08 2011 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
douglas7347

I can tell that Wall Mart looks like they are going to cry.

September 08 2011 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dabrownman

Just say no to shopping till you drop and shoot heroin under your kneecap instead. It's way, way cheaper, the thrill much better and longer lasting and you won't live long enough to wear out the crappy stuff stuff you already bought - plus you won't have to pay off those credit cards you used to buy it.

September 08 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
mscellanus

Tell me about it!

September 08 2011 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply