I watched a programme on TV last night called ‘ Hey Big Spenders -Shopaholics Exposed’. Though it made me rage I endured most of it. I know they find the craziest people for
these things to make them more interesting, but this also frequently means the people featured are the most irritating!
The winner of the ‘throw the remote at the TV’ award was definitely American princess Andrea. She had a series of sugar daddies who gave her their credit cards and the freedom to shop for lots of tight pink clothes for herself and her little fluffy dog. She once had to work as a TV extra for 14 hours ‘for barely anything’ and she didn’t intend to do it again. She lived for shopping. If she couldn’t do that she said she wouldn’t know what to do.
The cameras showed her on an average day: a 7 hour shopping spree where she spent 1100 dollars on what appeared to be just underwear and a couple of tops. Whatever gaping hole she hoped to fill in her life, it didn’t have the desired effect . Her initial pleasure gave way to disappointment as she realised how little the money had got her, or perhaps that what she had got wasn’t what she really needed in her life. With wobbling chin, she said the shops hadn’t had the right things in stock and she would have to go back another day.
Chloe-Jasmine may have been an actual shopaholic but as I spotted her on the X Factor as well the other night I think she is more a ‘please let me be famous, I really don’t care what for’ type of girl. Her best quote: ‘You can eat or you can look fabulous… It’s quite a hard decision to make’. No it’s not, Chloe-Jasmine! Only somebody who has never gone without a meal would say such a stupid and vacuous thing.
The only serious person on this programme was Helen, who became a shopaholic after she lost her job as a city trader. She said, ‘Buying things made me feel as if I was more worthy’. It gave her a temporary boost of self esteem which would inevitably evaporate when she got home and tried to justify her expensive and unnecessary purchases to her husband. Her addiction eventually cost her marriage which forced her to confront her sad reality and get help.
She discovered the hard way that you, ‘Don’t need stuff to fill
this massive void’. What you need is a sense of purpose, good relationships, some fun and enough money to get by. I would rather be a tightwad than a shopaholic!!
Big Spenders was on Channel 5 at 10pm, Thursday 16th October 2014.