Charge It! Are you a shopaholic?
by Staff
The first credit card came onto the shopping scene in the late 1950s, and Americans have been living on borrowed money ever since. Do you know what shopping habits might indicate you have a shopping addiction?

It's estimated that how many Americans are shopaholics?

  • one out of five
  • one out of 10
  • one out of 20

True or false: "Shop 'til you drop" is the rally cry of more women than men.

  • true
  • false

Which type of item do male shopaholics tend to purchase?

  • tools
  • books
  • electronics
  • all of the above

What three items are the most popular among female shopaholics?

  • clothes, shoes and jewelry
  • clothes, shoes and books
  • shoes, cosmetics and electronics

How many pairs of shoes were in Imelda Marcos' collection when she was the first lady of the Philippines?

  • 500 to 1,000 pairs
  • 1,000 to 2,000 pairs
  • 2,000 to 3,000 pairs

What is shopoholism also known as?

  • compulsive shopping
  • shopping addiction
  • compulsive buying disorder
  • all of the above

In addition to excessive shopping, which is a sign you may have a compulsive buying disorder?

  • your shopping has racked up large debts
  • you lie about how much you spend
  • you get a "high" from spending but feel guilty or depressed afterwards
  • all of the above

When did debtors' prisons become illegal in the United States?

  • 1733
  • 1833
  • 1933

How many credit cards does the average American have?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

True or false: Debt is the number one cause of conflict in marriage or long-term partnership.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following conditions is not considered an impulse-control disorder?

  • pathological gambling
  • binge eating
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • compulsive buying disorder

What test is used to screen for compulsive buying disorder?

  • Compulsive Buying Scale
  • Compulsive Shopping Scale
  • Compulsive Spending Scale

True or false: Hoarding and compusive buying disorder are the same thing.

  • true
  • false

In addition to compulsive buying disorder, what other condition might cause compulsive shopping?

  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • tardive dyskinesia
  • bipolar disorder

How many shopaholics have had their shopping get in the way of relationships?

  • 24 percent
  • 68 percent
  • 80 percent

When was compulsive shopping first characterized as a disorder?

  • 1885
  • 1915
  • 1985

How are men most likely to describe their compulsive shopping?

  • shopping
  • collecting
  • stockpiling

Which is NOT currently part of standard therapy for treating compulsive buying disorder?

  • credit couseling
  • cognitive-behavior therapy
  • seratonin uptake inhibitors (such as Prozac)

True or false: Compulsive shopping is a problem only for the wealthy.

  • true
  • false

At what age does compulsive shopping usually start?

  • late teens and early 20s
  • in the 30s and 40s
  • after age 55