7 Signs That You Need To Curb Your Shopping Spending

There’s a big difference between loving shopping and forming a dangerous addiction to compulsive buying. It’s all about control – and reports suggest that between 2 and 5 percent of Americans lack that control and can’t stop spending on shopping. That’s just the reported figures, too – I would wager that if you scratch a little further into the minds of the average American that you might find that figure to be even higher.

While the Internet has made it easy to find what we are looking for, it also means we have a lot more temptation to deal with. In days gone by, we would have to walk past a shop window or see an advertisement somewhere to get sucked into the ‘ I want this now’ process. Now, though, all we need to do is fire up our computer and access the Internet, and we are constantly bombarded with targeted ads that compel us to buy more than we might be able to afford.

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And it’s a major issue – make no mistake about it. Shopping addiction can lead to debt, relationship troubles, and is often related to health issues like depression. With this in mind, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reveal ten of the signs that you might need to curb your spending problems, and that you might have a dangerous addiction. Let’s get started with some of the most obvious pointers you need to watch out for.

The sneaky buyer

We all make the occasional ‘naughty’ purchase that we know we can’t afford and try to hide from our loved ones. But, as long as you are only doing this occasionally – once or twice a year – it’s forgivable. Where it becomes a big issue is when you are making sneaky buys on a regular basis. You might be purposefully arranging delivery times when you know there is no one else around. You could be sneaking them into your home, wardrobe, or onto your bookshelf on the sly, hoping that nobody will notice. You could even be hiding away receipts and boxes, or going to great lengths to remove the evidence of a shopping binge. If this sounds familiar, you have a problem, and the sooner you seek out help for your shopping addiction, the better.

The secret shopper

Are you honest with your loved ones about where you are going? We all do this to an extent – at Christmas time or for a family member’s birthday, for example. But if you are lying or being dishonest about where you are going when buying for yourself, it’s a sure sign that you are embarrassed about your activities. The simple truth is that if you aren’t open and honest about your shopping habits, you are trying to hide something – from your family, and maybe even from yourself. You are looking for lack of interference, perhaps even subconsciously. And, you are developing a problem that could cause you a lot of heartaches soon. Again, speak to a shopping addiction service sooner rather than later – and come clean to your family. They will be able to give you the support you need to approach your addiction.

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The non-stop buyer

As I mentioned above, it’s so easy to shop online these days – so much so that it is pretty scary when you stop and think about it for a moment. Take Amazon, for example. You can pay for something with a simple click, and it will be with you the next day – perhaps even the same day. But because you aren’t really thinking about the purchase, it seems like it isn’t a problem. If you are going through that process several times a week, the spending will quickly add up – and you will be in financial trouble sooner rather than later.

The credit buyer

Are you buying everything on credit card? If so, it’s a sure sign you are getting yourself into trouble. Not all debt is bad, of course, and there are even situations where cash loans and payday loans can be useful – if you are struggling to pay your bills at the end of the month and can guarantee you will be able to pay them back quickly, for example. But the truth is if you are using credit for shopping purchases without a plan in place to pay it back, there is danger on the horizon. There are horrible stories of shopaholics spending tens of thousands of dollars on credit, without the financial power to pay it back. The result can often be bankruptcy, court cases, and a whole bunch of trouble from debt collectors. The solution? If you want something, save for it. The time you spend saving will make it a much more worthwhile purchase. And, by the time you have the money to pay for it, perhaps you will realize that you don’t need that investment in your life after all.

The non-useful purchases

Another common trait of shopaholics is that they often have cupboards stuffed full of things they never use. It could be clothes that are left in the wardrobe, unworn. It might be DVDs or CDs that stay in their shrink wrap for eternity. Or, it might be something that you only ever use once, before it gets packed away into the back of the cupboard forever. If you are buying things that you don’t need or use less than planned, you have to question why you have made the purchase in the first place. The chances are it is because you have a shopping problem and need to seek some help.

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The happy shopper

Is shopping the only thing in the world that makes you happy? If so, it’s a big issue and one that needs to be headed off at the pass – sooner rather than later. Buying shiny new things can give your brain a rush of endorphins and make you feel good. And if it’s the only think in your life that does that, it’s no surprise that you might end up as a shopaholic. Like any other addiction, when you aren’t shopping, you might feel grumpy or upset if you can’t buy what you want. And if it’s the only thing in your life that is helping you to relax, it will quickly turn into a very expensive habit. If this sounds familiar, it is advisable to look at the areas of your life that are causing you sadness, and work on them. Go to see a counselor or therapist, rather than turning to Dr. Amazon.

The hobbyist

Is shopping just something you ‘do’? Again, it’s a sure sign you are heading for massive issues in your life. When shopping is a hobby, it’s easier to lose control and more likely to become a habit. You should be looking for other activities to fill up your time, rather than always heading to the mall, or visiting online stores. Think about taking up some gym classes, or start pursuing an arts and crafts interest instead. Even reading can help you curb your spending, as the more time you have your nose in a book, the less it will spend looking for new purchases.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If so, there is a good chance that your shopping habits are a little out of control. The quicker you reign yourself in and seek out help, the better. Many places can give you help with a shopping addiction, so investigate all of them, from online advice to professional services. Good luck – and try to curb your spending before it’s too late!

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Take Inspiration From Some Of The Worlds Most Defended Homes

Everyone wants a well defended home. One in which they feel safe and secure, where no thieves or people who wish us harm can reach us. Here we look at some of the best defended in the world, from which you can glean ideas to make your own home more secure.

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Buckingham Palace

The royal London residence’s first line of defence comes from the troops of soldiers outside. The queen’s guard offer 24/7 protection to the royal family and the building itself. However, deep in the palace are state of the art panic rooms to protect the family during a terrorist attack. The majority of houses can support panic rooms and if you fear for the security of yourself or family you can get one installed, they’re far cheaper than you think too, starting at around 5,000. They can be built into any existing room, or for a larger fee, underneath your actual house. Depending on what you need you can install a bespoke camera system, secure outside line and provisions in case you have to stay in the room for a long period of time. Panic rooms can also be used as a safe place to store valuables.

Al Corbi Household

You would expect the owner of a billionaire security firm to have a secure residence, and Mr Corbi does not disappoint. His home comes complete with two panic rooms, and bedrooms complete with special doors which can effectively seal them off from the rest of the house in the event of an attack, there’s even a helipad for a quick getaway. We all want great homes, but Mr Corbi has taken it to another level in terms of his home security. There are also bespoke alarm systems fitted throughout the property, ones which the owner, understandably, has not spoken much of. However, they likely incorporate the latest in motion and heat sensor technology. We may not need alarms of such caliber in our own homes, but in this day and age it pays to be careful, you should always use an alarm, you should check out some great security alarms and perhaps get Guardian Security for your home.

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The home is known as a place of residence for the wealthy, and was recently purchased for $47 million. There is an isolated generator which powers the alarm systems and panic rooms. This is a great bit of security configuration because if the thieves decide to cut your power lines it means your systems will still be functioning. It also comes with state of the art fingerprint recognition devices,  you could use these, install them to access your home alarm systems or even your front door, meaning no thieves can pick your locks. You could also use fingerprint recognition to lock your safe, when you’re away from home this means thieves can’t manipulate the safe’s locking mechanism and would make it way harder for them to take your valuables. These are probably less costly than you expect.

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Make Your Family’s Year With These Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s pretty much unanimous that everybody enjoys Christmas. It’s an important celebration for many of us as it allows us to take some time of work and reconnect with our families – something we don’t get to do all that often. It is also a time for us to show our appreciation for the ones we love, by giving them gifts. However, after so many years of doing it, a lot of people find that the whole process can become a bit stagnant. Trying to think outside the box for gifts becomes harder and harder each year. Many of us don’t entirely know what will truly make our friends and family happy. This can be a real shame, as it can cause us to become stressed and thus forget about the true meaning of Christmas. So if this sounds like you, and you’re ready to make a change this year, take a look at these ideas for meaningful gifts that will put a smile on your family’s faces.

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Donate to charity

Know someone in your family who doesn’t really care for material things, but who loves making a difference in the lives of others? A charity donation in their name could make an unusual but perfect Christmas gift. Many charities allow you to donate to them as part of a process called Gift Aid, where you donate money under another person’s name. The person you choose will receive a thank you pack from the charity letting them know what you have done for them, and they will continue to receive updates about how their donation is making a difference. You can choose a local or an international charity and the amount is up to you. But you can be sure that it is the kind of gift that will keep on giving.

Look further afield

Only go in the same six stores around Christmas time? Well, that’s probably the reason why you feel as though you are giving the same gifts away every year. There’s only so much you can get on your local high street, after all. If you want to find a gift that you know your loved one will be happy with, you may need to extend your search. Online shopping is a great way to do this, and it’s never been easier. There is plenty of inspiration right at your fingertips, such as luxury gifts and present ideas from Cuckooland.com. Plus, you can do all your shopping from your bed – meaning you avoid those crazy Christmas queues!

Make an effort

Sometimes, the best gift you can give is the opportunity to create a memory, rather than a physical object. If you have a family member you don’t see all that often, arrange to do something with them as part of their Christmas gift. This could be taking them out for dinner, or it could be paying for them to do something they’ve always wanted to do, such as a driving experience or a cookery class. Go along with them and enjoy the experience together – when a gift brings you closer together, it immediately becomes all that more memorable.

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Shopping Online: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Coupons

We all love shopping, isn’t it? Shopping is already part of our daily life, we enjoy it and we feel happy and somehow contented if we bought what we want. Are you feeling tired going to the shopping mall to find what you want and in the end you can’t find something you like? Are you also tired of falling in-line at the cashier’s table while carrying all the stuffs you wish to purchase? Or are you the person who loves to shop but there is no free time to do it because of hectic schedule at work and your boss keep bothering you for a deadline which is needed to be submitted on time.

Maybe you are the boss who is starting to lost patience to your employees who can’t even get what you want, furthermore are you the kind of person who loves to shop when the stores are on sale but you don’t want to shop when there’s a lot of people  shopping. There are times that you’re holding something and someone is also holding that thing in the other end.  With the technology today you don’t need to stress yourself shopping for sale, you don’t need to go out and went to the nearest shopping mall which 5 kilometres from your place. You don’t need to lose your patience for everything else, online shopping is the answer to all your needs.

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No worries and no bluffs just shop online and choose whatever you want without thinking that someone came first. You don’t need to kill your time to falling in line in the cashier’s table where there are times that the cashier is so rude. Yes, you can shop online while your boss is emoting; deadline can wait but not your feeling to shop. If you are the boss don’t pressure your employees and yourself they know what they are doing, they don’t want to lose their job especially this recession time. Why hurry if you can wait, just sit and relax enjoy shopping online especially if there are choices to choose especially there are lot of black Friday coupons and cyber Monday on the net this .

For your information Black Friday is a term for the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November. So what are you waiting for? Get Black Friday Coupons at savings.com. Chose whatever you want and smile for a while.

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Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States between Thanksgiving and Christmas; Cyber Monday also symbolizes a busy day for online retailers. The premise was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores. Although that idea has not survived the test of time, Cyber Monday has evolved into a significant marketing event, sponsored by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division, in which online retailers offer low prices and promotions.

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