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I don't have any money or credit cards, or I'd be at the mall right now. Spend, spend, spend, then worry about being a bag lady.

How about you?

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Absolutley.  This is actually the main reason I try to avoid malls vice internet shopping...I dunno, for some reason when I can see each item added up in my "cart" on screen it forces me to delete stuff until the total goes down to a reasonable spend limit.  Once I'm in the store however, you'd be better off trying to train a cat to bark, because I can't be stopped.  Thankfully this usually only happens with clothes and shoes....but let me just say that I do own about 100 pairs easily....

...and yeah I think a lot of BP's do this.  I would say that it's kind of a hypomanic activity, I mean I KNOW I can't afford it but I'm going to buy it anyway because I seriously get a "high" from it. B)

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All credit cards over the limit, bank in overdraft and nothing to show for it except a 40k debt.  And yes, I was the embarrassed user gambling online.  Don't even ask what the grand total was because I didn't stop at 7k. :|

Now I'm applying for debt consolidation loan number 3 and I'm not allowed to have a credit card anymore, except maybe a secured card where you put the money down in advance and it works like debit.

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When I am really on top of it, I can be really good with money. However, there is a whole impulse-control issue, which tends to be characteristic of BP and usually involves money.

See a music video. Really want to listen to some other songs by the group. Want the album to listen to songs. So, of course, have to go drive a half hour and spend fifteen dollars just to listen to the three other songs.

Sometimes it is better or worse, depending on sleep, mood, etc.

But it isn't always a part of manicactivities. I think compulsive behavior like this is one of the reasons that bipolar tends to be associated with poor money management, overspending, though.

But, yeah... the online shopping can be a hard thing because I don't necessarily see how much physical STUFF I am buying, so get surprised when five huge boxes arrive at the house and I had only planned on buying a sweater, even though I prefer shopping from home.  Going to a store might be better because you can only carry so many things.

It used to be a lot worse when i was younger because I didn't think about money and a budget. It is better now, but the little compulsive type things that I give in to sometimes can add up. And that seems to be the bigger problem.

~navy~

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If I ever feel like shopping (manic or not), I always find myself at Arundel Mills outlet mall south of Baltimore.  I can't possibly even carry home what I could get there for $200.

Though, being a gadget freak, I have to avoid online electronics shopping or any electronics/camera store.  Right now my wishlist includes a top of the line Canon photo printer ($199) and a Canon Digital Rebel digital SLR camera with a 25-80mm lens, 70-300mm telephoto lens, wide-angle "fisheye" lens, and close-up macro lens.  Total cost for the camera and lenses is a minimum $1,500, if I'm lucky and can find a really good deal at the right time.  But I am a prolific amateur photographer (samples at http://herrfous.deviantart.com/ ), so that would actually be worth it in the long run.

Oh yeah, and 2GB PC3200 interleaved (1GB + 1GB, cost around $350) memory for my PC wouldn't hurt either ;-)

This is all the worse when you're unemployed.  ;)

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I think about all the money I've spent on things, some practical, but mostly things I don't really need. I wish I had all that money to invest. I have no discipline. My husband is as bad as I am.

I get such a high from buying things, and usually it's in the $300 and up price range. On the positive side, I end up taking a lot of it back for a refund. I realize it's the purchasing it that gives me such a rush.

Definitely a symptom of hypomania. Then again, I've spent money when I'm having typical depression (the milder kind, when overeat carbs, etc.) thinking it will make me feel better, and it does, temporarily.

I even volunteerily surrendered my credit card and debit card to my husband. That didn't last long. Oh well.

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one word.

ebay.

arggghhhhh.

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grouse,

Bingo! I am addicted to eBay. Realizing that I can't return most of the items helps curb my spending, well, a little bit.

Once I didn't show up for college class because I wanted to "snipe" the item, which ended during the class. It was one of those mandatory classes, too. I still pulled an A.

Arrrgggh, indeed.

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My new idea besides SHOPPING is a variation on shopping- investing! I can investigate and select my stocks, buy them, and watch them. At least there is a chance to MAKE money doing that. I'd have wasted the money any other way, so investing is as good as it gets for me, perhaps....

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I'm a compulsive spender, especially when I've had a bad day. It used to be scrapbook supplies. I've managed to curb that one. Right now I'm doing really well. A lot of times I can go to Target, shop for several hours and then leave the store without buying anything. THAT is a successful day. If I buy one thing I don't absolutely need, however, the seal is broken and all bets are off.

A lot of times I'll be out of lightbulbs, soap, milk, etc. but I'll buy $200 in art supplies. I'm still working on spending less on wants and more on needs.

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Oh ebay! My ebay!  ;)

Definitely have probs with the spending...I love to shop. I don't think this is necessarily all about the mania though, at least in my case (though I have indeed spent waaay too much and bought absurd things while manic, don't get me wrong!) I think for me shopping has also become another form of self medication even while depressed. I guess it's a good thing I'm not the one who has to pay the bills, God bless understanding spouses.

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loon-a-tik... Good thing we are not together ;) .

Spending manias??? How about 1000 on a telescope cause I always wanted one? And right before that dropping 5600 on bedroom and dining room furniture at the local Eathan Allen store? Last year over 2500 in guns and pistols. Then turning around and buying a Mercedes Benz, trading a perfectly good Honda Passport in, justifing it to myself 'because parents could not get into the Passport'.

the only thing saving me is that I make enough money to cover these idiot purchases I make. Well at least I should say that I make enough to pay the charges (minimun +  a few $$). Some months are a challenge financially!

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Books.  Books books books books books new ones old ones the feel the smell must have them books books books books.

Through some miraculous circumstances and  bloody hard work I'm actually debt free for the first time in years and don't owe anything on my credit card.  But now the evil Book Buying monster is working at me and I'm getting really twitchy.  I already own about 1000 books.  I don't need anymore, I could join a library, but well.... you know how it goes.  I want them to be MINE MINE MINE. argh!

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