Do you like to shop till you drop? Do you run up your credit cards on shopping sprees? Do you go to the store every day? Do you spend a lot of time at on-line shopping sites? Do you feel 'good' when shopping, and then guilty after? Do you shop for a 'pick me up' when you're feeling down? Are you suffocating in debt? Do you know deep down that you have a spending problem?
These are all signs of a habitual spender. This is as much an addiction as is alcoholism and can be just as damaging. Not only can this addiction ruin your relationships, it can drive you into financial ruins and cause physical problems too.
What can you do? First, recognize and admit that there is a problem. Then determine the cause of your compulsion. Are you lonely, tired, angry, or depressed? Are you bored? Admitting that there is a problem and discovering the reasons why you spend is the first step in taking control of the situation.
This is a very serious problem for many people. If you feel (or know) that you have a problem, seek professional help.
Here are a few starting points:
- Crown Financial Ministries
- Indiana University
- Debtors Anonymous
- Recovery Connection
- North American Mission Board
Congratulations on taking your first step. You are on your way to recovering from this problem. You are in the drivers seat!