My Name is Ellen & I Have an Addiction...

Monday, October 27, 2014


I am sure I will always have it.  I have just learned to manage it. 

You may already know that I'm big on budgeting and that's for good reason. I used to be really bad with money.   I don't know exactly when it all started or why, but I do know that once I was about 22 years old and had my own apartment, I became depressed.   In order to cope with my depression I had to go out and shop. 

Not just for clothing, but for anything. It got to the point where I literally could go to a gas station and get stuck buying knick knacks from in the store.  The real problem was that I put everything on my credit cards and I ended up with almost $28k in debt by the age of 23. It was so bad.

Lucky for me, I am a very strong minded person so I educated myself about my problems and researched ways to get myself back on track. Fast forward to now, I only have $9k left in debt which should be gone in a matter of months.

But I wanted to make a point to remind people something about addiction, especially when you say things like "What would make a person want to do drugs, how stupid?!"  It's not that we want to do it, it's that we are sick in the mind and we are making bad decisions.  I knew I was in over my head with debt and I kept spending. I would hide it if I had to. I never bragged about my new goods. 

I bought clothes, accessories, home decor, and more.   

When I finally realized I could no longer live that way, I began to read about different ways to control your spending and practice going to stores and NOT buying anything. 

So I put everything I read into action.  I would go to big stores and grab things I liked, and then as I made my way towards the registers, I put things back as I reasoned with myself about if I really needed them or not.   Eventually, I could go to any store, and leave without purchasing a single thing. 

Then I got my budget situated, and stuck to a cash envelope system.  

And the rest is history....

Have you ever had a spending problem?

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  1. Good for you for paying off your debt and sticking to it, that is awesome! My husband and I went through FPU 4 years ago and became debt free using some of those methods :)

  2. I have had a spending problem and shopping has been something that has made me feel better in the past. I would even buy other people stuff to make me feel good, but that was just an excuse to buy things. At stores, I do the same thing with looking at what I have and deciding whether I really need it or not. I've gotten to the point where I sometimes end up putting everything back. I'm a big online shopper, so I'll look at things and either save them or put them in the shopping cart and wait a few days or weeks. The result is either that the website doesn't save what's in my shopping cart, I forget I've saved links to things I want, they no longer carry my size or the stuff is sold out, or I realize that I don't need all or any of the stuff.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    1. Yep, once you break the habit, you are on a roll! Thanks for sharing your story. makes me feel good to know im not alone!

  3. I used to buy clothes all the time. Do to I thought I had nothing to wear. Once I did my first 30x30 I learned I didn't need new clothes all the time. Now I barely buy new clothes. Congrats on almost being debt free.

    1. I know i used to do that too! And thanks for the congrats girl :) means a lot!

  4. I have a spending problem. I think it's more that I'm in impulse buyer instead of a think things through buyer like my husband. I'm working on becoming debt free. It's a long road but I know we will get there. Congrats on being debt free (well, almost).

    1. Dont give up girl! I used to be an impulse buyer as well! Thanks for stopping by to read!

  5. Great post! I like to spend but i'm also big into saving so I guess it kind of evens out in the long run!


  6. Thanks for sharing your story with us. And, congrats for being out of debt (I'm reading this late and you ARE debt free at this point - awesome for you!)


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