It’s normal to cave in to the occasional impulse buy - like, snapping up a suddenly irresistible leather jacket in a store window. But about 6% of the population is addicted to shopping and consistently spends more than they can afford.

So, here are the warning signs that you, or someone you love, could be a shopaholic:

You have mountains of unopened packages, and clothing with the tags still on. Experts point out that shopaholics get a rush of excitement simply from the act of BUYING things - not from using them.

 

After every argument, you grab your wallet and head for the mall.  A lot of people get a mood boost from shopping. But shopping every time you have strong negative feelings can be a sign of more-serious emotional problems.

 

You’re hiding your behavior.  Hiding purchases, or juggling accounts to keep your family from finding out what you’re buying – or how much you’re spending - is no different than hiding booze or stashing drugs.

 

If this is hitting close to home, check out the websites ShopaholicNoMore.com, and DebtorsAnonymous.org