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Are You a Shopaholic?

Since so many of you consider shopping a form of therapy I thought you could benefit from a new test that determines whether or not you're considered a shopaholic. Since compulsive buying is linked to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and stress, it's a good idea to determine if you should be leaving those credit cards at home!

As we all know, there's a difference between buying and over-the-top spending, which has the ability to wreak havoc on your life. Those who are considered compulsive buyers spend money on things regardless of the need for them or what's in their bank account, and according to Kent Monroe, a marketing professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Compulsive buying is an addiction that can be harmful to the individual, families, relationships. It is not just something that only afflicts low-income people."

To see what this test entails,

This shopaholic test includes six statements, and the subjects are asked to answer on a 7-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

  • My closet has unopened shopping bags in it.
  • Others might consider me a "shopaholic."
  • Much of my life centers around buying things.
  • I buy things I don’t need.
  • I buy things I did not plan to buy.
  • I consider myself an impulse purchaser.
    • Those that score 25 points or higher would be considered shopaholics. While there needs to be more research to properly identify this diagnosis, this test is a pretty good start. So to all of you that consider shopping a great way to clear your head or relieve stress, tell me, do you consider yourself to be a compulsive spender? Or do you think you have your shopping completely under control regardless of your emotional state?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny - a few years ago i would have said that i was a shopaholic - i was younger and thought that things were more important to me than they were. but somewhere along the line, i've come to realize that there are more important things than shopping, so happily i can say that i'm not one!
austerity austerity 8 years
Not at all :) I'm a very good window shopper; I can get happy enough just walking around in a huge mall with good friends, or appreciating fashion in magazines or on others. See my name: austerity? It refers to this among others; I can keep it simple and be very happy.
cherrypop cherrypop 8 years
While I don't consider myself a shopaholic, I answered yes to buying things I don't need and things I didn't plan to buy. I am also a little impulsive when it comes to small purchases and then end up regretting when I don't find a need for it. -_-" But most of the time I do think twice and more before buying something I fancy at first sight.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Yes, and I know I need help - even if it's not a $1400 Balenciaga bag, it's beauty products from Rite Aid that I don't need. I'm really trying to curb it but I LOVE getting new stuff.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i didn't need that test to tell me i'm a shopaholic i scored about 34 i'm going on a shopping weekend this weekend and then to NYC in 2 weeks from now for another one i can manage to spend $300 in a day from the office i don't spend money i don't have, i'm okay with that, but i do spend thousands of dollars of disposable income on "stuff" that i could be saving
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
Retail therapy is always nice, but (un)fortunately, I usually don't have the money to do such. I love to windowshop with no cash, though. If I had the money, I'd so be one, lol...and if my feet were smaller to buy cuter shoes~! (Size 10 -_-)
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Oh yeah. I majorly retail therapy-ed myself yesterday... let's just say that this month SUCKS. But now I have two new sweaters and two new skirts!
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
No. If I overspend I worry until I breakout in hives!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Yes!!! Hence my name! ;) All of my girlfriends call me that. I also am very GUILTY of spending ALOT of money on eating out at restaurants and vacays w/ my boyfriend but most of the time HE pays for it so it evens out. :)
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I plead the fifth.
bluestar bluestar 8 years
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Nah, the majority of my spending is on experiences (food, theatre, museums, Oktoberfest tickets) rather than tangible things. If I've done a lot in a month, I curb the next couple of weeks with movie or board games nights at home.
couture2387 couture2387 8 years
I definitely have a shopping addiction. If I go a week without buying something I get strong shopping urges. Whether its a $1200 louis vuitton or a $40 top from forever21 I have to buy something and if I don't I get in a bad mood. Its pathetic because every other month I give away bags of clothes and a lot of it still have tags attached LOL.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I second the no comment remark. At least when I shop I find great deals. I must share this and I'm not even sure if there are anymore left but on Amazon (of all places) I found this hella cute Botkier Lita Clutch I've been drooling over on other websites but it was $225 there, on Amazon last night I found it for $67.00 so of course I bought it :D
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
15 points, huzzah! I'm not a shopaholic, but I know I have a problem with impulse purchases!
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
Fashion Fashion 8 years
No comment.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm not, but I do eat out too much, and buy too-expensive ingredients for cooking.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I know people who are like this. It's sad. I'm definitely not a shopping addict. But I answered yes buying things I don't need and buying things I don't plan to buy. I don't personally know anyone who could say no to the above though.
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
Guilty... But I love all my new stuff ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
not a shopaholic. whew.
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