5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

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Shop at emotionally “neutral” times

Don’t shop when your emotions are running too high or low. Even though many people who get “caught up” in the holiday season can overspend when they’re feeling festive, it’s also true that for many shopaholics, the act of shopping and spending is a way to escape from unsettling or negative emotions.

A better strategy: Don’t head to the mall as a form of retail therapy. Make the effort to deal with anger, anxiety, stress, boredom or depression in a healthy way so that shopping doesn’t become an emotional outlet. If you’re stressed or anxious, talk to a close friend or family member, enjoy a relaxing bath or just take a “time out” from the world and engage in a hobby. Don’t let your emotions fuel any type of shopping spree because you’ll end up regretting it in the near future.

Shop at emotionally “neutral” times

Don’t shop when your emotions are running too high or low.…

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