I have an extended family member with a shopping addiction. I’m not supposed to know about it, but I feel so helpless and just want to help this family! The wife is the one with the addiction. Yesterday morning she spent over $700 on jewelry, clothing, and storage supplies that she bought online and through the shopping channel on TV–within the time frame of about 20-30 minutes. Earlier in the week she also spent another approximately $450 or so on jewelry, clothing, and beauty supplies, all for herself. This same woman tells her husband and children that they can barely afford to pay the bills. Some months they have about $50 to spend on *food *for the last 2-3 weeks of the month. :eek: It is a 4-member family with the husband and wife both close to retirement age (still working), a 17 year old daughter and a 24 year old son who are in school and staying with them (neither child works). The 17 year old was talking to us about it and told us she feels mad when her mom buys all these unnecessary things ($500 of the $700 was on jewelry for herself), and then stresses about not having money to pay the bills. We have proof that these purchases were made, so it’s not a case of an exaggerating teenager. And once again, these are extended relatives of ours and I really don’t want to see them in financial ruin!
I wish there was something we could do! Does anyone know of resources for shopping addictions for either the family/friends or the person actually doing the spending? Any thoughts would be highly appreciated! Thanks