01-18-2012, 06:19 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
| | Re: Shopping Addiction?
Your wife is going to need serious therapy in order to get over her addiction. I grew up where my parents were the ones who both had their spending addictions. My father was a gambler and my mother had and still has a spending problem. My dad was laid off a few times from missed work due to gambling. He was doing well for himself, but between the both of them they went in heaps of debt. A few years ago my father lost his job due to the economy. Luckily they were able to sell their house(lake home) for a very good price. They moved into our home until they were back up on their feet. They paid for their built home in cash and debt free for the first time in 35 years. 3 years later they are in heaps of debt due to my mothers spending habits. They now have a mortgage on their house that was paid in cash. It's a severe problem. My parents have zero retirement saved and they are near 70 in age. My dad should be retired, but will be working until the day he dies.
My brother and I actually learned from their mistakes. Neither one of us are spenders, but my brother did marry a woman with a spending addiction. I personally think its as bad as being a drug addict, alcoholic, or gambler. This would be a deal breaker for me big time.
Good luck. This is a serious problem. If I were you, I'd be taking control of the finances completely and not have access to any credit cards, checkbook, cash/debit card. Give her an allowance of what you can afford.
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