Shopping helps many people deal with negative emotions and stress, but can often lead to credit card debt which adds even more stress. Replace the endorphin rush received from shopping with natural endorphins from physical exercise and you've not only saved money but replaced a bad habit with a good one.
Image: Amit Chattopadhyay.
Economic weblog Consumer Commentary suggests this replacement because:
While the act of spending money improves the mood of habitual shoppers, physical activity improves anyone's mood.
If you notice yourself falling into retail therapy to deal with a bad day you may want to consider switching to a physical exercise routine to get the same rush, get healthy,and save money.
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