I am not a shopper.......
OK let me qualify that.
I really don't like to shop.
I do NOT like trying on clothes or shoes. . .
Wandering aimlessly through stores is not
my idea of a fun and relaxing day.
I may have mentioned that on here before, but
it bears repeating.
Of course if you look at what I have bought
and what I have spent this past year. . .
you would think I was a shopping machine.
Those of you that have been hanging here for awhile know
that my aging parents moved in with me when my father's cancer
made it hard for him to be by himself.
Since he was my mother's
caretaker, the task for taking care of both of them became my blessing.
Over the next 8 months, both of my parents had passed away and I continued the
"retail therapy" I had started when dad was first diagnosed.
I mean I have just about every electronic gadget and entertaining helper a gal could want.
Now, believe me, I have been working on putting my time and efforts elsewhere lately
which isn't easy for a recovering shopaholic.
Of course someone trying to spend money on my debit card and having it frozen,
has helped curve the spending too.
So what I have I been putting my shopping energy towards?
Painting (which requires $$)
Crafting (which requires $$$)
Photography (which requires $$$$)
THEN, just like that, this weeks sermon at church slapped me right up the side of the head.
The pastor mentioned this shopping addiction, this problem of overspending, this poor way of dealing with grief and stress.
Was she talking about ME?
She said that at different times in her life "it has been my personal challenge to boost the economy".
WOW, that describes me to a tee this past year.
I sure have done what the politicians want.
Spend spend spend!
Stimulate stimulate stimulate!
She then went on to say that the #1 hobby in America is shopping -
a hobby that in the past I had no interest in.
She said that there are 17 million compulsive spenders in the US today.
Can you say GUILTY.
I went searching for more info and below are some statistics I found on my own:
2 in 5 families spend more money than they make.
As of May 2011: The total consumer debt in the US is $2.43 trillion dollars.
That equals about $7800 in debt for each and every person that lives in the US.
The average credit card debt per household (that carries debt that is) is $15,800.
I don't know about you but these are some SCARY statistics.
I would love to say I am a recovering shopaholic but unfortunately that isn't really a 'real' illness from what I read.
One of those things that makes you go HMMMMM
So I will take this addiction in hand and take baby steps toward spending less and saving more.
But of course I have to have something to do to keep myself away from spending
(unless it is business related-cuz that is necessary spending).
HMMM maybe CLEANING would be a good choice.
Not sure THAT will happen but we shall see.
I will be looking for new ideas to peak my interest and occupy my time and
I will keep you posted how my journey back to my "old non-shopping self" goes.
Until next time...
Keep on creating!