I have a confession to make. When I was in a job I didn’t love, I shopped for the week. I bought new clothes to make myself feel better. Instead of being honest with myself I used retail therapy to justify my choice to stay. Shopping became my motivation.
A new outfit made me feel good and helped me get through the day. Sounds pathetic right? Seeking pleasure in material things was an unhealthy pattern. I eventually left the job and my shopping addiction subsided.
I thankfully no longer substitute spending money for real happiness.
It’s very easy to use spending as a way to solve personal and/or financial problems. Debt can be used as motivation to keep you stuck in a job you don’t love or a relationship that doesn’t serve you anymore. Debt can help you achieve a certain lifestyle beyond your means and accomplish personal goals. It can also become a bad habit and make you a victim of a vicious cycle.