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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments...............................x
About the Author............................xii
Preface: Are You A Shopaholic?.............xiii 
Introduction...............................xvii

PART ONE
A Human Face on Compulsive Shopping and Spending

Brad's Story..................................1
Dollie's Story...............................11
Robert's Story...............................16 
Bobbie's Story...............................24
Lynne's Story................................31
Lucy's Story.................................38
Jeremy's Story...............................46
Helena's Story...............................50
Rose's Story.................................57
Mike and Susie's Story.......................67
Joyce's Story................................78

PART TWO  
The Bigger Picture

The Top Ten Reasons People Overshop or
Overspend....................................83
Sub-Categories of Shopaholics................85
Natasha Kendall, PhD Interview...............87
Pamela Landy, JD, CFP Interview..............98
Excerpts of Recent Newspaper Articles of
Interest....................................110
Tying It All Together.......................115

PART THREE
Exercises for Recovering Shopaholics & Spendaholics

Questions for Self-Exploration..............117
Budgeting 101...............................124
A New Budget................................125
My List of Unfair Things....................126
My Lucky Gratitude List.....................128
My Dream Job................................130
Journaling/Practice Journal Page............131
A Visit to a Homeless Shelter/Soup Kitchen..132
Gray Area Behaviors.........................133
Better Ways to Get Freebies & Good Deals....137
Common Triggers & Coping Skills.............138
Common Warning Signs & Coping Skills........141
How My Addiction Served Me..................144
Honesty is Its Own Reward...................148
Losing Your Edge or Gaining Your Edge.......149
Be Assertive! ..............................150
The Importance of Humor.....................151
Someone to Talk To..........................153
What to Do With Your Useless Purchases......154
The Dangers of Transferring Addictions......155
Forgiving Ourselves.........................157
The 12 Steps of Debtors Anonymous...........158 
Using the 12 Steps..........................160
The Serenity Prayer.........................171

PART FOUR
Related Topics

Conducting an Intervention..................173
The Family Needs Help, Too..................182
Help for Those Afraid of Shopping or
Spending....................................183
Starting a Self-Help Group..................184
Epilogue: Where Do We Go From Here?.........185
Resources...................................186
Books/DVDs..................................188

Introduction: Are You Bought Out and $pent?

If you’re reading this book, either you or someone you know may have serious problems with shopping or spending. There are different ways to determine if there’s really a problem. If you think there’s a problem, usually there is. If others think you have a problem, there usually is. Ultimately, each one of us has to decide for him or herself.

Take the following quizzes and take an honest accounting…

20 QUESTIONS: Shulman Center Assessment for Compulsive Shopping/Spending

  1. Have you ever lost time from work or school due to shopping/spending?  
  2. Has shopping/spending ever created problems in your relationships?  
  3. Has shopping/spending ever affected your reputation or people’s opinion of you?   
  4. Have you ever felt guilt, shame, or remorse after shopping/spending?   
  5. Did you ever shoplift or steal from work to get money to pay debts or to solve money issues?  
  6. Did shopping/spending ever cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?  

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Bought Out and $pent, Recovery from Compulsive Shopping and $pending
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Bought Out and Spent by Terrence Daryl Shulman
  The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding
 
Terrence Shulman
JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CPC
Founder/Director of
The Shulman Center
Shopaholics Anonymous

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