Whenever I’m sad, mad, frustrated or annoyed, I’ve always found exercise to be cathartic. I use all that negativity to harness my energy for the workout. Exercise is great way to let it all out, rather than letting it out through retail therapy.
Mind you, I’m not much of a shopper. If I was to go on a spending spree for no reason because I felt any of the emotions above, I think I would feel all of those emotions EVEN MORE, because I have a hard time spending money (if it was for travel, then well that would be a different story).
Many people do use retail therapy to help themselves feel better, which I guess in a sense can be good if it’s once in a while, you really wanted something for a long time and you had enough money for it. However, many people can use it to the point where they rack up a lot of consumer debt.
It doesn’t help either that stores play with our emotions and give us the FOMO feeling (fear of missing out).Image Courtesy of stockimages/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net
Sales happen several times a year and are on for a limited time only. The sayings on their signs always emphasize an urgency to buy something right now. It’s almost as if the signs are practically yelling out loud to you.
SALE ENDS SOON!
(Your heart’s racing, you’re about to have a panic attack).
OH MY GOD. WHAT DO I DO?!?!
It’s as if you don’t buy something right now, you’ll miss out on the most amazing sale of the year and your life will never be the same. They want you to regret not buying anything that was on sale. The store emails you subscribe to are like a double-edged sword. They notify you of upcoming sales, but at the same time they are constantly notifying you of the sales, eventually making you believe that you have to buy stuff you don’t really need. At first you may think, phew, thank goodness I made it just in time for the sale. However, you may end up with a bit of buyers’ remorse.
You would think that someone with very little patience like myself, would jump on the chance during these sales and go nuts. Surprisingly, I have the discipline to walk away from it.
While stores try to instill the FOMO on sales, my FOMO has been instilled on finances. It’s amazing how the media can scare you when you hear about people not being able to save for retirement or people up to their eyeballs in debt, but not even batting an eye. They’ve certainly managed to scare me! 🙂
Do you go into panic mode when you see those sales? Or do you just walk on by?