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Combating Compulsive Spending

No one likes when the time comes to pay back credit card payment obligations since money comes out of our pockets. Additionally, even though credit cards provide you with the opportunity of buying goods on credit, when you see the accumulated debt due to such purchases you often regret of making them at all.

Many of us dream of the possibility of not being pushed by our creditors for debt repayment. Even though credit cards enable us to purchase goods at credit, there are limits to where we can spread our buying, since we should keep in balance our accounts by maintaining a required minimum.

Unfortunately, many of us frequently indulge in excessive purchases and thus accumulate large debts. Their inability to pay back the debt results in hounding by the creditors, which is not a pleasant thing to experience.

In order not to get into such a situation, take an immediate control of your spending. Nothing good will come out of your postponement, but just the opposite. The situation may become so desperate that the available options for resolution may not be that beneficial to you.

Avoid Accumulating Debt

The first step is to avoid accumulating too high debt liabilities. This means that you should stop purchasing items you cannot afford. Try to avoid compulsive purchases of items that are not of high necessity. You should also carefully analyze what exactly has pushed you towards the purchase of needless goods.

Admit the Real Cause for Your Compulsive Spending

It is sometimes difficult to admit in front of yourself the exact causes of your compulsive spending, but this is an obligatory step that should be taken in order to prevent future overspending. Additionally, there is no point in paying off something unnecessary for sometimes years and in this way depriving yourself of the opportunity to spend the money on something you will eventually really need.

Credit cards eliminate the feeling of spending real cash money. Thus, you spend more and more without actually realizing it. Unfortunately, the result of your spending is received at the end of the month with the credit card statement and the unpleasant feelings of striking a balance will inevitably overwhelm you.

Use Cash

It has been proven that the payment with cash often puts you steady on the ground, because you actually feel how much you are giving. Therefore, next time you go shopping, use the conventional types of payment such as checks, debit cards and cash.

How Do You Feel about Money?

You should clarify for yourself what is your perception of money. This will assist you in controlling the flow of money that goes out of your credit card. Additionally, you should clearly identify your interactions with money and your philosophy regarding them. It has been proven that people with less self-confidence, indulge in many compulsive purchases in order to compensate for their low confidence.

Remember that money is not everything and that people interact with you because of your personality. Your unique qualities, not money, distinguish you from the rest. When you start to perceive yourself as an individual independent from his/her money, only then you have done the first step toward money control. Only than you will be able to limit your compulsive purchases which will provide you with extra money that will assist you in making more.

The building up of a positive image of yourself as a valuable person irrespective of how much money you have, and thus thoroughly changing your attitude toward the latter, will help you overcome the inner psychological obstacles that hinder your development as a successful investor.  As a result, you will make less heedless purchases because you will no longer need to balance your self-confidence through the accumulation of different items.

Consider the possibility of browsing through the available literature on the subject in order to get additional discussions about the psychological facet of money. The available books magazines will give you more insight in how to combat your compulsive spending.

Credit reductions programs will do you no good, if you are psychologically influenced in your purchases. They will only temporarily alleviate the debt burden, but the root cause (your psychological inclinations) will turn you to the previous condition of debt. Therefore, a two way strategy of credit reductions programs and psychological readjustment should be undertaken to ensure the combat of debt accumulation.

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