posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:08 PM
The average American is advertised to 1200 times a day. Hard not to binge under that kind of brain wash.
Shopping addictions develope for a reason, they have a same high reaction like any other addiction.
Usually to get rid of one problem yhou have to develope a better one to replace it.
For me, I have replaced my missionto buy with my mission to be frugal. And it is even more rewarding when you can get away with saving a lot of
For example, I get a lot of pride when I figure out sales and coupons and can save a ton of money on groceries.
IT takes work, hours of work of clipping coupons and pouring over sales, but I try to see what is the best I can do. I live having coupons for
My record so far is saving 65$ on one shopping trip. It set the register alarm off and a manager had to come and reset it.
AS for thrift stores, I dress fabulously shopping at thrift stores. chains like Goodwill or Salvation Armyh take the good stuff and sell it overseas
because they can get more money for it. That is fine, Good will does a lot of good things.
But the private stores, and the church stores don't, which means you can find the brand names clothes and new clothes and the good stuff.
I just did it today. I got a brand new Nine West blouse wtih tags for 2 bucks. A new Liz Claiborne purse for 5, and a pair of brand new heels from a
department store for 2.
So in a nutshell, I get a rush out of the best deal I can get, then out of buying new in itself.
There is a book called the Tightwad Gazette. It is more for families, but there might be some good tips in there. It was written by a mother who
insisted on being able to be a stay at home mom on her husbands meager salary.