Here are six strategies I use to keep this type of online “boredom” shopping at bay.
- Keep other “worthwhile” entertainment on your phone. I always have a book to read on my phone.
- If you’re tempted to buy, add it to your wish list instead.
- Separate the “money = buying” connection.
How do I stop myself from shopping?
How to Fight a Shopping Addiction
- Cut up your credit cards. If you have a problem with compulsive spending, destroy your credit cards now.
- Carry cash only. Don’t use your checkbook or a debit card.
- Track every penny you spend.
- Play mind games.
- Avoid temptation.
- Remind yourself of larger goals.
- Ask for help.
How can we stop impulse shopping?
How Can You Avoid Impulse Buying?
- Create a 30-day waiting list for big purchases.
- Avoid going to shopping areas (except for necessities).
- Find free ways to reward yourself.
- Avoid visiting online shopping websites.
- Be mindful of your reaction to impulse buying.
- Always have a list and a plan for your purchases.
How do I stop myself from shopping online?
Use the tips below to curb, or even stop, your online shopping habit.
- Schedule a Wake-Up Call. How much time do you spend every day, or every week, shopping online?
- Block the Shops.
- Remove Your Credit Cards.
- Make Yourself Wait.
- Save for What Really Matters.
- Bring Your Own Entertainment.
Why is shopping so addictive?
According to Ruth Engs from Indiana University, some people develop shopping addictions because they essentially get addicted to how their brain feels while shopping. As they shop, their brain releases endorphins and dopamine, and over time, these feelings become addictive.
Is compulsive shopping a mental disorder?
Although it’s not officially described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), it has been suggested that compulsive shopping disorder, also known as compulsive buying disorder, is either a type of impulse control disorder, a behavioral addiction or possibly even related to obsessive-