Spendaholism resources

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Spendaholism, compulsive buying, compulsive shopping disorder, overspending, overshopping, shopaholism. It's as real as alcoholism and just as destructive. It can contribute to hoarding. And it's winked at, even grossly encouraged, around the world. "Just a girl's night out." "A boy and his toys." Black Friday. Only 30 days 'til Christmas. And, as I've posted elsewhere, it has deep and sinister roots.

There are resources for people who suffer from this  illness. This isn't a comprehensive list, and it's not in any particular order, but it's a good start.

The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding

Behavioral Cents, Carrie Rattle

New Dream.org

Jasmine Harman's Britain's Compulsive Shoppers

National Endowment for Financial Education


Dr. April Lane Benson's books: To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop, and I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self. I also review these books in a post.

The BBC show Spendaholics. This is a humane, careful, thoughtful, even on occasion amusing reality show which leads overshoppers on eye-opening, sometimes painful journeys of self-discovery so they can gain self-awareness and self-control tools to curb their destructive impulses.

Spenders Anonymous - modeled on 12-step programs.

Debtors Anonymous - modeled on 12-step programs.



Comments (4)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - far too real and quite tragic for too many.  

Dec 07, 2021 04:51 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Michael Jacobs Yes, terrifyingly true. Lauren

Dec 22, 2021 03:13 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are useful links for those who need them!

Enjoy your day!

Dec 07, 2021 07:47 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

@Kat Kat Palmiotti Thank you! Lauren

Dec 22, 2021 03:13 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Great post Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO and very timely. My weakness with compulsive shopping is in rummage sales. 

Dec 23, 2021 06:36 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Bob "RealMan" Timm I've got a great fondness for thrift stores and antiques malls. The trick is learning your ways to say "enough." Lauren

Dec 28, 2021 11:06 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It's sad that some people have a hobby of shopping. It's just hard to imagine that.

Nov 13, 2022 09:04 AM