Are You a Compulsive Spender?

Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Some people exercise or turn to food, while others spend money. The shiny bags filled with new clothes, fancy electronics and luxurious toiletries can temporarily fill a void, but that rush soon turns to guilt, especially after the bills arrive. Like eating or gambling, shopping can become a compulsion—even an addiction. Are your spending habits are out of control? Take this assessment and find out.

True or False: When I am feeling sad or blue, I usually spend money.

True or False: My home is full of books I've never read, gadgets I've never used, and clothes I've never worn.

True or False: I spend a lot of money I don't have on things I don't really need.

True or False: I feel excited when I buy something new, but guilty soon after.

True or False: Sometimes I feel reckless or careless when I spend money.

True or False: I lie about how much I spend.

True or False: I've stolen (or thought about stealing) money to fuel my shopping habits.

True or False: I'm in debt and I feel awful about it, but I still spend money.

True or False: My shopping habits make me anxious, scared or unhappy.

True or False: After a big spree, I feel depressed or even disoriented.

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