How to Help a Shopaholic

Do you know a shopaholic?

Many people today struggle with impulse spending. It’s often an emotional or mental response to the emptiness in their hearts. They may shop with the intent to be accepted, to make themselves happy, or to prove their success to others.  One of the ugly consequences is excessive debt and the accompanying stress. If you want to help someone caught up in this habit, here are some tips:

First, meet face to face and talk as friends about having a relationship with Christ. Explain how much you care and that Jesus cares even more. He loves us, He died for us, and teaches us how to put the things of this world into perspective. Another option is to invite your friend to join a Bible study with you and a few other friends, to examine what God says about money. This can help a small group grow spiritually as they learn what the Bible teaches about stewardship and finances. Lives have been transformed in this kind of setting. Individuals mature spiritually and financially. In fact, God used a Crown Bible Study to completely change my life.

The final option involves a talk about budgeting. Your friend may better understand the bottom line when he or she sees a budget. We have an easy one on our website along with trained budget coaches to help anyone learn to stick with it. Proverbs 25:28 reads, “Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who lacks self control.” Our desire is to see people control their spending so they can enjoy the true riches that only God provides. 

If you or someone you know is trapped in credit card debt, contact Christian Credit Counselors. They can create a debt management plan that works for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at