canstockphoto1496206Are you addicted to internet shopping? The internet has made it more convenient for consumers to do their shopping. There is no longer a need to take a trip to the mall. All you have to do is point, click and type in your credit or debit card number and the items will arrive at your door before you know it. This is a big time saver. Although there are advantages to shopping on the internet, there are also disadvantages.

The downside to online shopping is that many people become addicted to it. Some people get a rush from spending their money and become addicted for that reason. Shopping for items online make it easier to spend and get that buzz. This addiction is easy to hide from your friends and family since they are not around to see how its gotten out of hand.

When your credit card bill arrive, your heart drop when you find out the amount of the items that you purchased along with the high interest rates that you have to pay. For this reason it is impossible for you to deny that you have a serious problem. Here are 6 Simple Ways to Break Free of Your Internet Shopping Addiction.

 

 

1. Ask Your Friends and Family For Support. If your internet shopping has gotten out of control, sit down and have a talk with your family and friends and ask for their support. Admitting that you have a problem is a big step on your part. Ask them to hold you accountable for your  spending habits.

2. Use Your Credit Cards Only For Emergencies. You should keep your credit cards just for emergengies. It may be time for you to put your credit cards away so you won’t be tempted to make any purchases. You might want to consider cutting them up and cancel the accounts once you pay it off .However, it best to keep one just in case an emergency should pop up.This will force you to pay for all of your purchases in cash.

3.Get a New Hobby to Keep Yourself Busy. Whenever you’re trying to break a habit, it is best for you to replace it with something else. Participating in activities such as taking sewing classes, gardening or going out for a walk will keep you occupied and away from the computer. If there are certain hours that you are tempted to shop online, arrange to keep yourself busy at that time.

4.Set Up a Budget to Prevent Overspending. By planning ahead on how you will spend your money, you will be less likely to spend it frivolously. Refer to your budget before you make any purchases to see if you have enough money left over to pay for it once your household bills and other expenses are paid. If there isn’t don’t spend it.

5. Set  Goals For Your Money. If you are saving cash for a large purchase, this will motivate you not to spend money on items that you don’t need. In case you are thinking of doing a little internet shopping, keep your financial goals in mind. Remember, the purchase you are making now will take you further away from your goal of buying a new home, car or that much needed family vacation.

6. Seek Professional Help. Sometimes it is best to get professional help to deal with problems that’s beyond our control. If you are unable to break free from your addiction on your own, it’s time to see a counselor to help you deal with this issue. This will help you get to the root of the problem and overcome it.

If you are addicted to internet shopping you are not alone. Trying the above strategies will help you to break free of your internet shopping addiction and get your spending under control.

 

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