Help Card for Emotional Shoppers


Do you need to cut down on your shopping?  Do you find yourself shopping to avoid uncomfortable feelings?  Are you in debt over your ears? ugh!!  Here is some help in the form of a card that you can cut out and fold over your debit or credit card to help you when you are having a weak moment over whether you should be purchasing an item or not.

Non-Acquiring Help Card

My goals for reducing acquiring are:

  1. __________________________________________
  2. __________________________________________
  3. __________________________________________

I want to achieve these goals because:

  1.  __________________________________________
  2. __________________________________________
  3. __________________________________________

I cannot get this unless:

  • I plan to use it within the next month.
  • I have enough money right now to pay for it.
  • I have a place to put it so it doesn’t add to the clutter.
  • I am sure I truly want this and will not return it.
  • Acquiring this item is consistent with my goals and values for my life.
  • I have a true NEED, not just a wish, for this item.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I already own something similar?
  • Am I buying this because I feel bad (angry, depressed,
  • etc.) right now?
  • Will I regret getting this in a week?
  • Could I manage without it?
  • Do I have enough time to fix/use this, or do I have more
  •  important priorities?
  • Do I want it just because I’m looking at it now?
  • Will not getting this help me solve my hoarding problem?
  • ______________________________________________
  • ______________________________________________
  • ______________________________________________


  • This card is from “Buried in Treasures” Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee (page 137)

Would this card help you to think twice about your purchases?  I would love to hear from you.   Please add your comments below……


About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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2 Responses to Help Card for Emotional Shoppers

  1. I’m currently reading “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan” and although it’s entertaining, I sometimes get a pit in my stomach when I see Becky’s debt load increasing exponentially. She could definitely use one of these cards!

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