For years I was completely addicted to shopping. I would buy new clothes every single pay. When I worked nearby shops, I would go shopping in my break and buy more clothes. Despite having a huge wardrobe, the whole amount of my clothes was probably only worth a few hundred dollars because I would buy the cheapest poorest quality clothes. Then they would fall apart and I would just buy more. What a depressing way to live! I’m not completely sure when the penny dropped that I no longer wanted to live that way, but at some point I realised my values weren’t aligning with how I was living, I was constantly wanting more and overall I was unhappy.
The best way I believe I was able to quit my shopping addiction was to research everything there was to know about fast fashion. Read about who makes your clothes from the farmers who grow the fabric to the workers who sew the clothes. Find out how much they are earning and what the working conditions are like. Think to yourself… would I want to do that for that much money? If the answer is no, then find companies who pay their workers properly and allow them to work in good conditions. I guarantee you’ll be disappointed to learn that the majority of places you probably already shop at do not have good working conditions. However, brands do exist that empower their workers you’ve just got to do the research to find them.
Secondly, I stopped looking at shopping websites. I unsubscribed from the main ones I would browse all the time and that way I was no longer tempted to buy from them when they send me emails to say they have 30% off storewide (or whatever it might be). I also unfollowed them on Instagram and other social media. That way when I was on my laptop or phone, I wasn’t tempted to buy.
Finally, my days off are no longer spent “just going to the shops” for no reason other than to have a browse and buy some things that I like the look of. I honestly hardly ever going to shopping centres anymore. Now when I go I can’t help but think wow I can’t believe I used to buy into all this.
Have you quit your shopping addiction?
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