Who doesn’t love to shop? But when does that love turn from passion to obsession? While most of us aren’t shopping addicts, your shopping behaviors may be harming your bank account and adding to the clutter in your closet. Below are 10 signs that you may have a shopping problem.
You buy garments that have limited wear
When you are shopping for clothing, before buying the item think of three outfits you can wear it with. If you can’t come up with three outfits, than you will not wear the item often enough to make the purchase worth the money. This is especially true of investment pieces. Investment pieces must be versatile enough to warrant the price tag, like a handbag or a piece of jewelry you will wear every day.
Packages arrive you don’t remember ordering
You should be excited about a purchase you make anticipating its arrival and the opportunity to wear it. If packages arrive that you don’t remember purchasing, it may be a sign that you don’t really need what you bought and it would be best to just return it.
You don’t remove an item when you add a new item to your wardrobe
As a rule of thumb, use the one in, one out rule. When you buy something new, you need to remove one thing from your closet. This will make you regularly review your inventory for articles of clothing that you are no longer wearing so that you don’t have to do a huge closet cleaning each year.
You often sleep walk shop in the middle of the night
Insomnia is a problem many face, but when you’re having a sleepless night try reading instead of online shopping. Online shopping at this time of night will only lead to buyer’s remorse because you didn’t read the return policy and are now stuck with an item in the wrong size and color.
You still have tags on more than 5 items in your closet
If you bought something more than a month ago and still haven’t worn it. It’s time to return it. Most return policies are 30 days so you may still have a chance to get your money back. If you haven’t worn it in 30 days than you likely don’t love it as much as you thought you did when you bought it.
You buy pieces of clothing for only one occasion
Very few people have the type of disposable income where they can afford to wear an outfit only once. Weddings and celebrations warrant wearing something you feel fabulous in. However, make sure that the dress you buy is something you can wear again to a future event. By changing up your accessories you can create a new look without buying a whole new outfit.
You buy items you can’t afford
Purchasing items you can’t afford will cause more stress than it’s worth. Instead of splurging on something in the moment, save your money each month so that when you have finally save enough, you can feel good about the purchase.
You buy items that are the wrong size
Never buy items that don’t fit when you try them on in the store. We all would like to lose 10 pounds but buying something that doesn’t fit hoping it will fit once you lose weight is not the way to go.
You shop just to shop
Window shopping can be fun but if you find yourself purchasing items that you really don’t love or need, then it may be time to put down the credit card. It’s best to go shopping when you know you really need something. Maybe your skinny jeans are in desperate need of being replaced, or perhaps you have an event coming up and your black heels have reached their expiration date. You wouldn’t go to the grocery store without a list or at least an idea of what you need so why would you go shopping for clothing without a plan?
You don’t know what you have
Fashionistas know that the more you have, the less you wear. If your closet is so crammed that you don’t even know what you have, than it may be time for a major closet cleaning. Go through your closet and get rid of the items that don’t fit, have holes or stains, and that haven’t been worn in a year. As you get rid of things, make a list of wardrobe staples that need to be replaced. If you consign some of your unwanted clothing, you can use the money you get from selling them to buy the items you need to replace.