From Overspent to Under Control: Ways to Stop Compulsive Spending

Join our #CreditChat on Periscope, YouTube Live, Twitter, and Snapchat  every Wednesday at 3 p.m ET. In this week’s chat, we discussed emotional triggers that lead to compulsive spending and ways to maintain control of your finances.

The panel included: Neal Stern: CPA and member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission; Shannon McNay: Writer for Student Loan Hero; Rod Griffin: Director of Public Education at Experian; and Christina Roman: Social Media Specialist at Experian.

We’re also featuring financial tips all week on Snapchat.

Questions We Discussed:

  • Q1: What is compulsive spending?
  • Q2: What are common compulsive spending triggers?
  • Q3: How can you tell if you are a compulsive spender?
  • Q4: What are some of the consequences of compulsive spending?
  • Q5: What positive financial habits can help curb compulsive spending?
  • Q6: What free activities can you do to boost your mood?
  • Q7: What tips do you have to help someone shop smart?
  • Q8: What advice do you have for someone whose significant other is a compulsive spender?
  • Q9: What resources are available to help those trying to get a handle on their compulsive spending?
  • Q10: Any final tips you can share to help an emotional spender?


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