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What do you guys typically buy?
I buy whatever I'm obsessed with at the moment. Awhile ago, it was makeup, then decorative stuff for my apartment, then clothes (specifically dresses that I'll probably only wear 1-2x), and now probably kid stuff like toys, so I can relive the only time in my life when I didn't want to die.
I have enough money to get by but still find myself dipping into savings to buy dumb shit. I don't even understand it because I know rationally that it won't make me happy or fix anything, and that it'll make my anxiety worse because I'm spending money I don't have, yet I can't stop myself. I guess it's just a distraction from the fact that I'm suicidal and am just counting the days until I can kill myself.>>55914
It's not worth it, anon. I dunno where you live, but in the states, people can go for months stealing from certain stores "without getting caught" without realizing that stores will let you steal a certain amount of shit until they can charge you with a felony for everything instead of for stealing one single item.
Pic related is something I've been wanting to buy, even though I know I'll only enjoy it for a week or so before I get bored
Just for future reference, can you buy the cat food online? I dunno what kind it is, but if it's something available in most stores, you can order online from Walmart, Amazon, etc. Sometimes it's even cheaper online, as an added bonus.
That is, unless you've got an online shopping problem like me then that probably won't help.
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I hope it works out for you! That's what I do sometimes, because it helps me step back and talk myself out of it before I go through the whole check out process. >>55925
For me, I try not to buy something that I'm seriously never going to have a use for. I almost never buy knick knacks or stuff that's just going to sit there. A lot of times, I buy stuff for my apartment since I moved recently, so I'm still addictive shopping but it's stuff I'll get some use out of or "need". Plus, I'm a poorfag and still try to take my finances/purchases into some consideration because of the guilt and shame that I feel.
I can only think of a few things I've bought that have no real use yet still get stupid satisfaction from and don't want to return. Like, I impulsively bought this dumb "Grow Owl" toy from Cracker Barrel. It sucked, was a waste of money, and just sits on my shelf, but it's cute, so I still feel a little high from it a month later. I don't think the high ever completely wears off for me.
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I feel like I'm heading this way, if I'm not already addicted. These last few months I've been buying so much video games, art books and stupid anime merch. The games aren't as bad as I can actually do something with them but art books and merch are just taking up space.
I just recently ordered some keychains only because they were cute and cheap. I'm not even a big fan of the characters featured, I just wanted it because I could afford it.
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Much of my money has been spent on figures and similarly useless things for years. I feel so guilty still living at home with a room full of pointless shit. Thankfully, I've been setting a lot of it aside so I can sell it and put the money into savings.
I'm not sure how it even got started, to be honest. I think I just felt lonely and useless and the stuff I bought helped me feel better in some way.
Pic related, I've spent way too much fucking money on ball jointed dolls.
Fellow poorfag here, I do a mix of things.>>55972
That is fun. It always feels good when you "beat" your demons by not buying something. Usually I'll start out with 10 items in my cart/basket and whittle it down to 0-2. I will also spend hours browsing eBay, Taobao, and other sites, cart-ing/bookmarking items that I want to buy (then never do.) I get a rush from it.>>55953
I used to spend my money collecting J-pop CDs and memorabilia. It was stupid expensive and pointless, but also gave me a rush. I would almost never listen to the physical CDs, either…
What you can do is "save up" for a big ticket item that's like $400, it'll take you a long time to save it up and by the time you have the money you probably don't want it anymore and the money can go back into a savings account.
Shopping cheap and on clearance isn't bad, just keep track of how much you're spending on it. Whenever you have an urge to splurge, just picture that expensive item you're saving up for and you'll be less tempted.
I was the exact same as you but now I'm at the point where I'm selling and donating all the stuff I went crazy buying. Good luck!
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I have this exact same problem. I'm going to try and stop myself from buying anything that isn't strictly necessary this March. The amount of money I spent this year so far is insane.
But I do love knowing that I have a million packages that'll arrive soon!
Same here OP and anons. I'm moving in 3 months though, and then moving again in another 2 months, so that will probably give me some other things to be happy about. I hope.
With that said…I luckily (to me…) need some new clothes/travel supplies anyway so it gives me an excuse to go shopping for my big moves.
How has it effected my life? Well, I haven't dated in 3 years (by choice) and am excited to date again in large part because boyfriends make great ATMs. When I think about dating, free movies, restaurants, vacations, and expensive presents are the things I miss most. Right now though, I've been buying and selling stuff to make money to shop. Also, I'm a member of a couple referral program so use the referral money for shampoos/conditioners/makeup/cleaning supplies/cat food etc.>>55925
I buy stuff I actually use.>>55991
Although I use referral money to buy a lot of my basic supplies such as hair/shower supplies, makeup, and cat supplies…I'm obsessed with deals on pretty much everything. I have a hard time even buying food if it's not on sale. I buy used designer clothes from eBay and Poshmark. I've also gotten into refurbishing designer bags and clothes for resale. When I get a $300 shirt for the price of something at Forever 21, it makes me feel happy. If I don't like something, I just resell it. The "rush" stays with me for the life of the item because I am a designer-whore. The thrill of knowing a dress retailed for $1,000 but I got it for $10-$20 never gets old.
>>Does anyone else have family that hates shopping? My mom hates shopping and doesn't care about designers at all. With that said, she'll pay full price for most things just to avoid having to shop around. It's weird to me, because I'm pretty sure 99% of the female population is at least prone to shopping addiction kek
For me, shopping around is half the fun…
Yup, I do this too. I used to do it on eBay, but ever since I discovered a Taobao shopping service I've been buying a of cute fan merch and stationery from there. I spend hours looking through pages and end up with tabs and tabs of stuff I want to buy. For the most part I weed out things I don't "need" (kek), but I still spent $100 this month. It all adds up so fast. The worst part is I got my mom into it too and she's always sending me stuff she wants me to buy.>>56083>But I do love knowing that I have a million packages that'll arrive soon!
Why are packages so addicting? I have a huge one coming and just knowing its out there makes me happy.
>>56280>I'm going to turn into a hoarder
You already are anon, get to Mari Kondo-ing that shit right now>>56277
Do you have any hobbies that don't revolve around buying things or the way you look?
>>55776>The only thing in life that makes me happy is buying stuff.
Same>Anyone here have a shopping addiction?
Me lol>has it effected your life?
Not really>how do you get money to support your habits?
Birthday money, Christmas money, my weekend job as store support. I also save the money that's left when I have to buy shit for university.
I'm really addicted to skincare and makeup. At least I have good skin thanks to those products, so when someone tried to say I have an addition I reply that's because I want good skin.
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I think I have a bit of a shopping addiction.
Especially when I'm feeling sad or stressed out. Getting cute new clothes makes me feel so nice. The problem is I'm trying to save up a lot of money for a few important things so I can't let myself spend too much. Because of a new job I think I've been spending too much lately. On the way back from work I always go straight into the shopping centre just to try on clothes and it's a weird stress relief thing.
Luckily I have the sense not to buy any of the super overpriced clothing here, ( nearly $70 for some basic ass shirt ) but I do often jump on anything that's on sale- and when I'm online shopping I'll collect a BUNCH of on-sale items into the cart and go back and forth between getting them and not getting them, and then the site will tempt me with the whole "free expedited shipping at $100" thing, so I often do that and tell myself it's worth it because I'm getting a lot of things. I suppose it's better than outright buying a lot of expensive stuff, but It doesn't make too much of a difference when I'm doing it so frequently.
I bought $200 worth of stuff from Mixxmix and so much new skincare stuff to try from Ulta. They are all coming tomorrow so Im excited as fuck.
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I'm currently doing a "no-spend challenge" for the rest of the month, because I've been so out of control for the past month or so with my spending and it's actually kind of alarming/worrying me now.
Basically, not going to spend money on anything other than groceries, rent, and other have-to's. I put a block on all the sites I usually waste money on and am only going out for work and groceries and then straight home. I'm even going out of my way to shop at a small grocery store that's in the middle of nowhere, so I can't wander over to other stores to spend money.
I'm hoping this might help with my binge eating too since I spend at least $50-100/mo ordering takeout when I've always got plenty of food at home to eat. Kinda scared, but this thread is a little motivating to work on myself.
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I used to be REALLY bad with this, spending my entire paycheck on ridiculous things I wanted to the point where I went weeks without gas or electricity because I didn't save any money for paying the bills. I realized how ridiculous it was early on, though, thank god.
Now, I take influences from the whole 'minimalist lifestyle' and only buy things I know I'm going to use regularly, only have a few (but all high quality) clothing pieces, etc. I also cook at home all the time and only eat out once a month at most (and always with friends), I don't drink coffee or smoke so that saves a little bit, I cleared up my debt (that was my main priority for a while), I don't use credit cards and avoid ATM's (most charge a convenience fee), as soon as I get my paycheck, I take 100$ from it and put into savings. Also, I follow the general rule that if I can't pay for something in cash, I can't afford it. I learned all these tips and everything from various sources, mainly Youtube though.
Also, pic related is what I did when I started and it helped a lot.
Animu shit mostly, manga, games, blu-rays, figures.
The problem is I buy them to help with depression, then I'm too depressed to play/watch/read them.
Figures are nice, but after awhile I feel guilty for having them. Shopping helps me feel alive though, I love just adding to my Amazon wishlist and Etsy favorites. But on top of weeb shit, I want clothes, makeup, housewares, everything.
Can you buy happiness?
I just get so overwhelmed. I follow some cows and I'm just really into the same aesthetics as they are. Then I get this burning itch like I need to have what they have, or I won't feel as cute or satisfied.. or I'm missing out on something. Whether its clothes, plushies, makeup (cute packaging a must), the best tech, whatever. Its just really satisfying to be like "Oh yeah I have this. I have that. I'm just like them." Then they post something new and the process repeats. I mean I try to stick to things that I find myself liking for a long time. It helps with stress, and it kind of feels like something to be proud of. I don't like to brag about my possessions, its more like, I am excited if other people have the same things to talk about together. Like oh this product is amazing, it makes me feel confident blah blah blah etc etc.
I just feel prettier or whatever. Like maybe people will find me interesting and alluring or it becomes a conversation starter. And materialistic things don't perish. And I do prefer to find things at a good deal if possible, no doubt. It feels more rewarding or exciting getting something seemingly expensive or overpriced for cheap.
I used to be a camgirl so I had clients gift me stuff or I just used that as a side source of income while I go to work. And I have a wonderful fiance who is very generous to me.
I guess I'm just the opposite. I had a stingy father, my mother wasn't stingy but she spent money either on food and then herself. So, I only got money through hard work and I appreciate every last penny. Every time I see something I'd like to buy, I ask myself if I really, really need it. Also, not buying on impulse but waiting a few days and seeing if I still feel the same towards the product or service works wonders. A lot of times I realize that I'm glad that I didn't purchase that.
On the other hand, when I do buy things, I always make sure that they are of good quality and I seldom try to go for the cheapest option, that and informing myself with all the reviews available online.
Maybe some of these methods might help you too? Unfortunately, I wish I could feel not guilty about buying things that aren't a necessity. While, not a shopping addict, now that I have money to spare, it's silly that I forbid myself even a simple pleasure. I'd like to make an appointment for a facial massage, but in my mind, it's pointless so I don't.
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I have a slight addiction. I can control it and am generally a saver when it comes to my money but sometimes I get bouts of just browsing for anything and everything or "upgrading" items I already have. For me, it's about wasting time and escaping reality while I listen to music. I like looking at pretty, cool, or rare items that suit my tastes and I end up getting delusions like "this will make my life better if I buy this" or "I'll seem more appealing if I own this" when in reality no one gives a fuck except me.
When I'm shopping, I spend weeks looking for the perfect item that I want to buy before I just blow my cash and then when I'm choosing between a few similar items that I want (for example similar shades of makeup or perfumes with similar notes), it takes me even more weeks to decide which one I'm going to choose.
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I don't understand why dumbass farmers like you necro a thread without contributing anything to it.
Does anyone buy clothes often then resell them? I always get giddy when I buy new clothes. Sometimes its really hard to part with old clothes (that are still in style). It helps curve my clothing spending habits by selling a few old things to buy new clothes. It feels more refreshing. I'm addicted to looking at clothes on depop. I could spend an hour or two of my day just scrolling. I sell mostly on there too. There's more J-fashion sellers on there now. I like anime merch but it gets expensive. Sometimes I regret buying anime merch since I may outgrow a series and move on to something else. Now that it's Halloween season, I'm trying to fight the urge to buy a bunch of random halloween decor I don't need. Its fun decorating, but all that shit hoards up just for to display two months of the year. Does anyone just have boxes of collectables they don't have space for? I need to stop buying random Disney stuff from Japan. I keep telling myself that if an item is exclusive, I'll never get the chance to have it again. Then they release something cooler, and I hate myself for it lol.
posted yesterday you retard.
I do this too! I find I recycle through clothes less when I buy a more unique piece overseas or have a memory with it. It stops me from impulse buying clothes as well that I wear a few times then get bored of. Love Nikki is really cute. I wish I could easily find some pieces from the game online. >>94553>>94726>>94567
can you all shut the fuck up??? you're all dumb asses and you're spamming the thread. nobody gives a shit.
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Hopefully this is the latest thread on the topic…
I wanted to recommend all anons struggling with the issue book in pic related. You can get it for free on libgen and it's super helpful if you commit to it. It's sort of like going through therapy by yourself. You have to do the exercises and take your time. The book not only helps you stop overshopping, but also find out wtf is wrong with you. I am not finished with it yet (to be honest, I have not even reached the halfway point…) but I am already really glad that I have found it! It's especially great if you like writing, as you will have to write down answers to many questions about your shopping habits.
I thought I would share it since I had issues finding a good self-help book on shopping addiction before someone recommended this one to me. If you are struggling with compulsive shopping, please give it a shot. It costs nothing and might help you a lot.