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21 May 2012

Beat binge shopping sprees

There’s nothing like a little retail therapy after a stressful week, right? Sure, but what if it’s starting to have a negative impact on your life?

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There’s nothing like a little retail therapy after a stressful week, right? Sure, but what if it’s starting to have a negative impact on your life? While it may not sound like a psychological disorder, shopaholic behaviour can bankrupt families and destroy relationships.

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Here’s how to prevent shopping binges: pay for purchases by cash or cheque – don’t use credit; make a shopping list and only buy what is on the list; destroy all credit cards except one to be used for emergencies only; avoid discount warehouses – allocate only a certain amount of cash to be spent if you do visit one; "window shop" only after stores have closed – if you do "look" during the day, leave your wallet at home; avoid phoning in catalogue or internet orders; take a walk or exercise when the urge to shop comes on; if you feel out of control, you probably are – seek professional help. 

 
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