I am very excited to announce that my first e-book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” is now available! This book contains the best of my smart shopping solutions from “Recovering Shopaholic,” categorized into logical sections related to various shopping-related situations and challenges. These solutions have all been revised and enhanced from the original versions that appeared on the blog.
How the Book Came to Be
In January 2013, I created “Recovering Shopaholic” in an effort to heal myself from a decades-long compulsive shopping problem. Although I had no idea how many people would read my words, I knew there were many others out there who struggled with shopping too often, buying too much, and trying to fill emotional voids with clothes, shoes, and accessories. I hoped to keep myself accountable and potentially inspire and connect with those other shopaholics who wished to recover and trade their full closets for full lives.
From the beginning, I made an effort to include useful tips and suggestions for my readers in all of my posts. As I progressed with my recovery, I shared my insights gained and tools developed so that others could apply them to their own lives and learn to shop more consciously and wisely.
For a time, I captured many of my strategies on the “Recovery Tips” page of my website as a quick and easy reference resource. However, as the months progressed and I had written over a hundred posts, it became increasingly unwieldy to maintain that page. Hence, the idea for this book – and my second book on the topic of wardrobe management (coming this summer) – was born!
More About the Book
“UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic” contains 48 tips and strategies organized into six sections that address particular facets of the shopping experience. This book may be read cover to cover or used as a reference to address an individual reader’s specific issues and questions.
The book begins with twelve “quick tips” you can use to start shopping smarter right away. From there, I delve into topics related to accountability, general shopping strategies, and tips for before you shop as well as for while you’re in the store. I also include a number of “special topics,” such as resale shopping, shopping with friends, shopping during times of transition, and dealing with holiday shopping challenges.
Table of Contents
Section One – 12 Quick Tips to Start Shopping Smarter
- Set a Clothing Budget and Stick to It!
- Shop With a List and Only Buy What’s on That List
- Never Buy Something on Sale That You Wouldn’t Pay Full Price For
- Always Aim for Quality Over Quantity!
- Wear Your Favorite Clothes When Shopping
- Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired
- Everything You Buy Should Be as Close To a “10” as Possible
- Return Anything You Haven’t Worn Within a Month
- Take a “Power Pause” Before Buying
- Don’t Buy “Wardrobe Orphans”
- Buy For Your Current Body and Lifestyle
- Buy Pieces that Resonate With Your Personal Style Aesthetic
Section Two – Accountability
- Track Your Spending
- Track What You Buy
- Track What You Do and Don’t Wear
- Do a Closet Inventory
- Set a Clothing Budget
- Set Some Goals around Your Shopping and Recovery
- “Cold Turkey” May Not be the Answer
- Consider Setting a “One-In, One-Out” Rule
- Set Limits on How Many Items You Can Buy
- For Your Consideration… A Purchasing Rule Related to Item Categories
Section Three – General Shopping Tips and Strategies
- Sometimes “Cheap” is Really More Expensive
- How to Successfully Shop a Sale
- Why You Might Want to Skip the Next “Big Sale”
- How to Avoid Three Major Shopping Mistakes
- How to Shop Smarter Online
- Avoiding the “Serial Return Phenomenon”
Section Four – Before You Shop
- Shopping Lessons From Your Closet Favorites
- Learn from Your Shopping Mistakes
- Shop for Your Life!
- Why Create a Shopping Priorities List and How to Do It
- Focus on Wardrobe Needs Instead of Wants
- Don’t Neglect Key Areas of Your Wardrobe
Section Five – While You’re in the Store
- Don’t Focus Too Much on Sizes
- Fitting Room Tips
- Aim for “8”s or Higher
- Questions to Ask Before Buying Anything New
- The Wrong Reasons for Buying Something
- Salespeople Are Not Your Friends!
- Try On New Pieces Again at Home
Section Six – Special Topics
- How to Incorporate New Fashion Trends
- The Pros and Cons of Resale Shopping
- Tips for Successful Resale Shopping
- A Tricky Situation… Shopping with Friends
- How to Shop for a Life in Transition
- Dealing with Black Friday and Cyber Monday
- Alternate Ways of Approaching Holiday Gifts
Questions You May Have…
Q. Where can I buy the book?
Q. What if I don’t have a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader?
A. My book can also be read using the Free Kindle Reader App for your Web Browser, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android device.
Q. Is this book available in print format?
A. No, it’s a digital book.
Q. How long is the book?
A. The PDF version of the book is 98 pages long with a total of 33,690 words (the number of pages in e-readers varies based upon font size and other settings). The best part about the book is that you can start anywhere by selecting the particular section or solution that’s most relevant to your individual needs.
Q. Can you really call yourself an “Ex-Shopaholic”?
A. If you read this blog regularly, you may have raised an eyebrow at my referring to myself as an “ex-shopaholic” in the subtitle of the book. I actually struggled a bit with that one myself, but I ultimately decided to go with it, for two reasons.
First, the book title is much stronger with “ex-shopaholic” than “recovering shopaholic” (especially since “recovery solutions” is also in the title). And second, I believe in the power of intention. While I may not be fully recovered from my compulsive shopping problem yet, I’m well on my way and I believe that I will be there before too long. So I decided to declare myself as an ex-shopaholic now, stand in that place of power and intention, and continue working on my recovery each and every day.
A Final Note
I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of my readers, especially those who have been with me for a while. I couldn’t have written my book without your support and encouragement. You’re helped to guide the shape of the blog through your questions and comments – and just knowing you’re out there. Whether or not you ever purchase my book, I am grateful to you for helping me to make it happen. I have now crossed off one of the key items on my “bucket list” and I’m feeling proud and satisfied at my accomplishment.
If you do choose to read the book, I hope you’ll find my solutions helpful in your journey to shop smarter, cultivate a workable wardrobe, and place shopping into its rightful place in your life. If you enjoy the book, I’d love for you to share your thoughts and post a review on Amazon. Your endorsements will help to spread the word about my book and help others who struggle with overshopping.
As I mentioned above, I plan to release a second e-book this summer on the topic of wardrobe management (title TBD). The target publication for that book is early July and the format and length will be similar to “UnShopping.” You’ll be the first to know (besides my husband and a few close friends, of course) when that book is available, so stay tuned…