Debt Elimination and Lifestyle Change: A community blog

Linda Chavey writes about how to change your lifestyle habits in order to eliminate debt.

Addiction to "Stuff"

Written by Linda Chavey, Community blogger | Apr 10, 2013 7:47 AM

Do you or someone you know have an addiction to "stuff"? 

If so, what is the purpose of having all this stuff? 

Purposes for buying "stuff" vary. 

Below are some reasons why people buy "stuff": 

  • Addiction to spending 
  • Want to have what everyone else has (or friends have) 
  • Rebellion against spouse or significant other over finances 
  • Emotional reasons such as approval or excitement seeking, feelings of deprivation in childhood, depression, anger, fear, boredom
  • Excuses such as "having a bad day at work" (unnecessary credit card spending just puts a person more in debt and causes more negative feelings)
  • Impulsive or compulsive behavior
  • Drowning in debt and feeling hopeless (the belief that the person will never get out of debt)

Although this is not an inclusive list, this list above may include behaviors that are relatable to a person’s situation 

Dealing with the debt now, taking steps to get out of debt, penning a plan and ACTING on it is the best solution to a debt-free lifestyle.

Just imagine yourself two or three years down the road with NO DEBT. No car payments, no mortgage, no wasteful credit card payments. What would life look like? Imagine how much money you could actually save for yourself. 

No debt situation is hopeless; it is just a problem waiting to be solved. 

The moral to this blog is:

“Stuff” does not define us; our morals and values do. Act on what is important to you in life; not what is important to everyone else.

 

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