I know quite a lot of people who shop when they feel bad. A bad morning can prompt them to skip work and head to the mall instead armed with their credit cards. For some reason, buying something makes them feel “better.” But it’s a vicious cycle, really since the ritual only seems to happen every time they receive their credit card statements.
If money problems make you feel bad, then there’s absolutely no reason for you to dig yourself a deeper hole just to make yourself feel better for just a few hours. On a financial standpoint, it’s just plain suicide. Your finances would be really shot to sh*t all the while the high you get for buying those new shoes will be very very short term.
Avoid going to the mall when you feel down. With all the commerce and merchandise around you, chances are you’d be tempted to “treat” yourself to something just to feel good. Sooner or later, you’d be swiping your credit card all over the place and .
A better alternative to lift your mood up is to exercise. Put on those running shoes and be physically active. Let your body chemistry do the cheering up for you. This way, the only thing you’ll lose is fat and calories.