Overspending is no laughing matter. It affects a person in all sorts of ways, not the least of which are gradually going broke and lack of closet space. If your girlfriend is a victim to this, then it is very likely that you may be affected in some way or the other. And if you care for her, then you would endeavour to do everything in your power to help her overcome this habit. But breaking this habit is no mean feat. It requires a great deal of self control, perseverance and fixity of purpose. Your girlfriend may try to rationalise her overspending like any regular shopaholic, which makes it not only harder, but also more critical, that you help her break this compulsive pattern. So here are 8 ways to deal with a shopaholic girlfriend who may slowly be easing into your closet space.
1. Draw attention away from shopping
Whenever your girl begins talking about shopping, subtly change the subject. You could try the age old trick of politely excusing yourself mid conversation saying you need to visit the bathroom. When you come back, it is likely she may forgotten about it, or if not, you could more casually and less awkwardly change the topic. Another thing that works with most people are compliments. If she raises the subject of shopping again, try complimenting her hair, or even her shoes; “Baby, have you done something to your hair?” Ask her about what she has done that has her looking just so. She may launch into a story expounding the finer details of her new hair/shoes/nails/dress and may drop the topic of shopping for the entire length of the conversation.
2. Friendly subterfuge
If your girl asks you to come out shopping with her, endeavour to change her mind. If she still manages to persuade you with those big browns about something she saw earlier in a shop window, then try this manoeuvre in order to evade the experience.
If you are meeting her at seven, then set reservations for eight at a nice cozy place. Or get movie tickets for an 8pm show. As for the shopping expedition, arrive late, say about 7:30 or so. That way you shall have little or no time to indulge in shopping with your girl, and she would be pleased that you made the effort to make reservations/book tickets so that you two could spend quality time together. That, my friends, is how you light two candles with one flame.