Confessions of a shopaholic

Hi, my name is Awry and I’m a shopaholic.

It’s been 4 days since my last purchase…

Yes, it’s possible to be a shopaholic even if you are male and a bit nerdy.

You don’t need to go to the mall to be a shopaholic, with the internet nowadays all you need to go shopping is a web browser.

My favorite malls are on-line, e.g.,, etc


I would let others tell me what I needed to buy. Women let fashion and other girls tell them what to buy and wear. I let game magazines and websites dictate to me what games to buy and hoard. Top ten lists and Editor Choices dominated my mind.

You might wonder why I said hoard, well that’s because the net result of buying lots of games and not having too much time is having a stack of new or (gasp!) unopened games gathering dust by the wayside.

It’s been hard but I feel that God has been working in my life to curb the urge to accumulate.

First my partner nagged at me to stop buying things.

Then I lost my job.

Then I started to unpack my boxes (our family tended to move a lot) and came across games from 2005 which were unopened much less played. Games like FFVIII, Freespace 2, etc.

I realized that my spreadsheet of games and weekly visits to malls (virtual and real) was unhealthy.

Instead of being a joy, gaming started to become an obligation (to finish the backlog of games).

So I made a commitment to myself not to purchase any new games until I finish off my backlog. It’s been pretty good so far. There have been lapses, e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum. But I console myself with the fact that I have either traded in my old games for the new ones, or completed these new purchases with haste (as opposed to letting it gather dust).

This has also applied to other purchases in my life. I’m adopting a “good enough” policy, ie unless there’s a compelling reason, I’ll wait as long as I can before replacing or upgrading the gadgets in my life.

I hope that those of you who are buying more than you need ask yourselves whether you’re purchasing because you want to or because you are compelled to. Because once it becomes an addiction, it’s no longer healthy… it’s not so bad so long as you can afford it but if you hit financial difficulties…

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