You know that popular two-word phrase: "shopping therapy!" For some people, shopping causes some sort of release, and sometimes a bit of a buzz, if you're really into it. For me, it causes me a great deal of anxiety -- especially for much larger purchases.
I've always been a saver, a coupon-clippin' chick. This means low-quality everything. Do I shop? Yeah...I kinda sorta have to. But I am strategic. I make a budget, and I usually strive to spend up to 80% of the budget.
Can it become obsessive? Well, yes. Just like anything can get a little bit "too much" -- even if it's spending too little.
Some people eye calories, quality, quantity -- I am eyeing on the pricetag.
Do I really need this?
Can I get it cheaper somewhere else?
I know the cheaper version breaks down, but I can't handle spending more.
Is it within budget?
Can I live without it?
US News wrote about this very topic about 2 years ago. Adam Hagerman, a financial coach talks about how anxiety from spending money is a thing.
"I've seen plenty of clients like this. They don't spend money on beauty supplies, haircuts, vacations, entertainment or even their health," he adds, "I have never had a chronic saver pay for my services."
Anxiety from spending money can make a person feel paralyzed, uncomfortable, or feel unsafe. There's a difference between being a saver, and an addiction to saving money.
I do have people in my life that sort of push me to spend -- and I know it's good for me. I once went through a winter without a coat because I didn't want to spend money on one. Now, I try to remind myself that I NEED this coat. And maybe it's time to buy new shoes because the ones I have no are literally falling apart.
I still get anxiety handing over my cash, or swiping my card, but I've learned to sort of ~let it go~.