On-line Shopping -- a reward for hard work

by Selcem

I work as an engineer and work hard.

After a full working day, I want to reward myself by buying online (mostly) or any thing I saw before.

This has become unproductive -- to work that hard and then spend so much. I’m tired and also feel shame for buying all these things. I really like expensive clothes and really need help at this point.

How can I reward myself with cheaper things?


Shopping on line is convenient and you can often find good buys, but impulsive spending can get you in debt. If your daily shopping has gotten out of control, stop tempting yourself by going to the sites. Give someone your credit cards so you don’t have to be tempted to buy anything unless you need it.

Set a budget that you can afford and allow yourself a ‘gift’ at the end of the month –not daily or weekly.

You also may be working too many hours and this builds anxiety. Surfing the web for deals may be relieving your anxiety, but you have to find other ways to relax – listen to music, exercise, talk or e-mail friends & family etc. You have to find other activities that give you pleasure.

Shopping for cheap or expensive things makes a difference in cost, but not in your behavior. You’re still shopping as a reward for hard work as well as over-spending..

The only way to stop impulsive shopping, on-line or otherwise, is to make a budget and stick to it. Your budget should include your indulgences so it won’t be impulsive. When you shop on a budget you’ll not only be in control ,but you’ll be free of guilt.

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