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I know that I shouldn't spend recklessly, and should stop buying so much useless things. How do I stop this, if shopping is something that helps me to relieve stress?

I've tried everything from sports to massage. But shopping still gives me the greatest release

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  • Daniel Lee
    Daniel Lee, Growth Marketing Lead at Seedly
    Level 4. Prodigy
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    Answered on 04 Dec 2018

    Haha it happens. Well, much like trying to kick any other habit, don't just stop immediately, take your time and set milestones to achieve, for example, buying a little less things, or only when you really require.

    For me it was designer toys! And oh boy can you imagine how many kinds of designer toys there are out there(they aren't cheap too!)

    But take a step at a time, and see if you can cut down on the purchases. Right now, I only buy the ones I really really like. Or better yet, the ones that I know will rise in value on the resale market in future.

    All the best!

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  • Tiffany SQ
    Tiffany SQ
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    Answered on 04 Dec 2018

    Agree that u can't immediately kick off the habit.. but look on the bright side.. at least u r aware of the problem πŸ˜„ I had such exp before of spending too much in my poly days.. but what I did was.. I gave my mum all my credit cards/debit cards n learn how to live on budgeted cash.. until I learnt how to stop spending on uncessary things..

    Or u can set a weekly target on how much u can spend weekly.. if u overspend this budget.. next week u will get lesser money until u learn how to control to buy what u need n not want which is the key of what u need to learn..

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  • HC Tang
    HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
    Level 8. Wizard
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    Answered on 04 Dec 2018

    There are other reason for so.

    On surface, it seems to be Stress. However, there are other causes and stress could be just one of the reason. Best to see / consult therapist, to find the actual root cause. Once you find out the root cause, then you can really work on it to resolve it.

    Suggest to :

    1. Recognise the problems. - You did! :) Good Job! :)

    2. Be honest and acknowledge the issue. - You have! That's great too ! :)

    3. Find expert / seek help - Go find one :)

    4. With the solutions, keep on it till you're no longer in bondage. - Gambate :)
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  • Serene Toh
    Serene Toh
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    Answered 2w ago

    As they say "prevention is better than cure."

    Instead of finding an alternative "cure" to relieve your stress.

    You should consider what is causing your stress, and find ways to prevent it.

    Because spending recklessly & money issues is the least of your problems if the problem persist.

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  • Jason Sin
    Jason Sin
    Level 5. Genius
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    Answered on 06 Dec 2018

    Differentiate between your needs and wants. Shop for your needs, not your wants. You may want to seek a counsellor to help you change your spending habits. Just my humble opinion.

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  • Jeff Yeo
    Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
    Level 6. Master
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    Answered on 06 Dec 2018

    To Physically prevent this

    • switch to cash only.
    • Spend only what you have in your wallet
    • remove temptation for buying things on credit longer term
    1. find other activities that help you manage stress - sports/games/etc
    2. talk to a professional about your stress related issues
    3. get support from friends and family
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  • Tina Sharon Lee
    Tina Sharon Lee
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    Answered on 06 Dec 2018

    Meditate or Pray instead! Way cheaper and an overall positive! πŸ˜‰

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  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
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    Answered on 04 Dec 2018

    Set milestones, limit your spending. spend on cheaper stuff!

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