Are you a shopaholic?

Alejandra Cruz

    1. Do you “take off for the stores” when you’ve experienced a setback or a disappointment, or when you feel angry or scared?


  • Are your spending habits emotionally disturbing to you and have they created chaos in you life?



  • Do your shopping habits create conflicts between you and someone close to you (spouse, lover, parents, children)?



  • Do you buy items with your credit cards that you wouldn’t buy if you had to pay cash?



  • When you shop, do you feel a rush of euphoria mixed with feelings of anxiety?



  • Do you feel you’re performing a dangerous, reckless or forbidden act when you shop?



  • When you return home after shopping, do you feel guilty, ashamed, embarrassed or confused?



  • Are many of your purchases seldom or never worn or used?



  • Do you lie to your family or friends about what you buy and how much you spend?



  • Would you feel “lost” without credit cards?



  • Do you think about money excessively – how much you have, how much you owe, how much you wish you had – and then go out and shop again?



  • Do you spend a lot of time juggling accounts and bills to accommodate your shopping debts?




The questionnaire was designed to help shoppers distinguish between a healthy shopper and a compulsive shopper. If you answered yes to most of these questions, you may be a shopaholic. Before you hit the mall to soothe yourself, there’s hope. Talk to a friend, counselor or therapist. You’re shopping addiction may be rooted in deeper issues.