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I understand perfectly! My daughter and I roller coaster emotionally and the. Binge shop in our manic phases to "feel better".

We made up a rule, if it's over $20, sit on it for two days before purchasing. Saved me from getting stuck with a car payment I did not want. And usually keeps us from buying too much anything.

When you do have to go shopping for groceries and such make a list of what you need and STICK TO YOUR LIST! I keep magnetic notepads on the fridge and write things down as I throw them out or use them up.

And if its just the need to look at and daydream my favorite time killer is "window shopping" online. I throw everything I want in the cart then see the total and shut the computer down, no purchases made!

Hope it helps!

If shopping is your passion, figure out how you can turn that around in your favor.

Ex. Become a buyer for your own online store. If your good at finding bargains and trending items, the energy you spend shopping for your business will deplete the energy you are using now to shop for yourself. Do what you love to do and make money!! And if you happen to buy one for yourself, call it a sample and write it off 😉

When shopping use a handheld calculator, calculator in your phone, or paper and pencil (round up to 25 or 50 cents makes it easier to add as you go along) and do not spend more than you have. The action of keeping track will keep your brain busy. And, there is nothing wrong with removing things from your cart and returning to the shelf you took it from. Sometimes I have to decide which item(s) to keep and which to put back. I take out cash for shopping and make sure I don't go over. I pick up change I find on the ground and place in a soapy water dish and leave there until shopping day. (Not wanting to waste water even in a small dish that washing individual coins would waste water) I pay with the odd change amount then the dollars. Some months I spend $20 and some months I spend $100 (restock months) for us two. The months I spend less the difference goes into my savings account.

I'm saving for a down pmt for a house. My goal is $20K by November 30th. It takes a lot of dedication, but I ruminate on saving because my goal is so specific and keeps me focused on that goal. Every little bit I can add to it I make a game of the challenge.

Good luck to you.

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