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How to Tell If You're a Shopaholic

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A new test determines whether your need to shop makes you a shopaholic. Take a deep breath ... 

woman buying too many shoes
The test makes it clear that there's a significant difference between shopping and the kind of over-the-top purchasing that can wreak havoc on a person's life. People who become preoccupied with buying stuff and repeatedly spend money on items -- regardless of need -- are commonly referred to as shopaholics. Scientists call it compulsive buying.

The new test was administered along with a survey that revealed that nearly 9% of a sample of 550 university staff members, mostly women, would be considered compulsive buyers. Past studies had put the incidence of compulsive buying somewhere between 2% and 8%, and more recently, at nearly 6%. Other research has found men are just as addicted to shopping as women.

The new test includes six statements, which individuals give answers based on a seven-point scale, from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Respondents who score 25 or higher would be considered compulsive buyers:

My closet has unopened shopping bags in it.
Others might consider me a "shopaholic."
Much of my life centers around buying things.
I buy things I don't need.
I buy things I did not plan to buy.
I consider myself an impulse purchaser.

Missing from this list of statements: I had to have it. It made my butt look smaller. 

In our opinion, that's always a reason to shop!

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shanna September 25, 2008, 2:38 PM

There is nothing that gives me a better high in life than getting something awesome for a great price.
(well almost nothing) Does that make me a compulsive shopper? I have a hard time going shopping without buying something. I consider it a successful shopping day when I return with scores of bags filled with purchases.

cheapviagra7562 August 30, 2010, 8:33 AM

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