So I had an epiphany the other day. If you haven't guessed from the title it's about my spending habits. I've read plenty of financial books and I understand how to make a budget and why its important. But I have a heck of a time sticking to them. And in all these books none of the spending excuses really fit me. I would go through phases. Months n months I would be good with my money and then suddenly I would go crazy. It didn't hit me till the other night when I was talking to my friend about how hermity I have become since moving out on my own (I moved to a new area where I know no one). Then BAM it was like lightning struck, I'm a ..... wait for it..... Bored/Lonely Shopper!
Yes a bored shopper is a lot like a bored eater in many ways, although there are differences. An example of my bored/lonely shopping is this. When I was in college, for the most part, I was pretty good about not spending too much money. This is because I constantly had things to do (besides homework). There were always people to hang out with and stuff to do. Now that I've moved out on my own and have no friends that live near me I'm constantly sitting at home alone. That gets quite boring and lonley. So in order to get myself out of the house and relieve my boredom/loneliness I go shopping!. I mean obviously I already like to buy things so thats why I choose shopping but thats not the point at the moment.
I've never heard any financial book that describes this sort of shopping. Now if this symptom was truly like bored eating I would also have a problem with online shopping (which I don't really have a problem with) since I would be online shopping when I'm bored (I'm bored quite often). So this is more bored/lonely shopping problems. I need to get out of my house and do something.
Now that I have realized this I'm going to try really hard when I get back to Wisconsin in May to get out and make friends or volunteer on weekends. Seeing as it will be summer this will hopefully help in making friends (theres always more to do in the summer than winter).
Do any of you also suffer from this problem? How have you resolved this?
Hope you all are having a lovely first weekend of spring (It's still quite cold in New York).
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