Spendying your moneys worth

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Submitted: September 12, 2012

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Submitted: September 12, 2012



English 111

Ms. Garibaldi


Spending Your Money’s worth

There are a lot of addictions in the world, from alcohol to gambling. I will illustrate the causes and effects of a well known addiction we may all have, the spending addiction. It is something that I have a mild case of. I will tell you about what I researched, plus give examples of myself and how I got in trouble with the addiction.

Everyday people go shopping and see something they really like, most people blow it off but, others get a gleam in there eye and two words “Must Buy”. They end up spending more than what they bargain for, either that or they blow it all in one go. I confess I do it all the time. Just recently I had to pay off a debt with the money I barely had.  People like me either have done what I did or asked for loans from others. Though mine is a slight addiction, others suffer more. I have researched this on-line, and found some examples of the signs and the symptoms of the addiction.

According to www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com the signs and symptoms are as follows;

  • Shopping as a result of feeling blue, disappointed, depressed, angry or scared
  • Shopping or spending habits causing emotional distress in one's life
  • Having arguments with others about one's shopping or spending habits
  • Feeling lost without credit cards
  • Feeling on edge, agitated, or irritable when you haven't been able to buy something
  • Spending more than you can afford
  • Buying items on credit that would not be bought with cash
  • Feeling a rush of euphoria and anxiety when spending money
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, embarrassed or confused after shopping or spending money
  • Lying to others about purchases made or how much money was spent
  • Thinking excessively about money
  • Spending a lot of time juggling accounts or bills to accommodate spending
  • Spending more time and/or money buying on the Internet, in catalogues, or on the shopping channels than you want to.

I have some of the symptoms, like feelings depressed or upset. Then there is the feeling ashamed about buying things. Sometimes I think about money and what I would buy. If you have some of these symptoms you might have the addiction too. For more information you can go to the website I posted or look it up for yourself.

Here are some examples of spending too much for a good thing, one time I bought an item I thought I had to have but I ended up using the rest my money and had to pay the debt. Now I learned my lesson and will try to be conservative about my spending. My dad whenever he gets upset about something he ends up going and buying stuff he thinks we need and some things we really don’t need or we do need. But it’s not just people; it’s the government who has a spending addiction. I know most of the time we need things fixed. Spending it on new sports arenas, restaurants, new office building, etc.The spending is just out of hand.  For example, the millions the government is spending to obtain the oil spill, a problem that could have been fixed by simply spending little money on repairs to the oil rig. There are tons of people with different levels of spending addictions but they all have the same addiction. With the economy the way it is and all the other family problems, people think they can make it better by buying something.

Treatment can be easy or it can be hard. It all depends on the person or how bad the addiction is.  According to the website www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com there are many forms of treatment.For example, admitting that you have an addiction, therapy, psychotherapy, self help programs, and some medications like mood stabilizers or antidepressants. I’m not sure which is the best but I’d try self help programs it seems the safest to me. It all depends on what you pick. Certain methods that you use may be better than others. You may want to consult with a professional or your family.  This may help you toward your way to be free from this addiction. Just make sure you follow the methods correctly and don’t give up to easy, because it’s hard when you just begin them.

Dealing with the addiction may be hard, but know that other people are going through what you’re going through everyday. Some cases of the spending addiction maybe severe. But, with the proper help an influence of your peers and family you can over come the addiction. Also it would be cool to learn more about your addiction.  So do your research and stop the habit now.  Helping your self will help others and your future.

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