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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Date: Apr 08 2009

Themes: Fashion, Hobbies

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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OK, so maybe you don’t need that cute new pair of jeans. And maybe you can’t afford them. But they look so good on you! And they’re on sale! You can cut back on other expenses, right? Who really needs to eat lunch?

Many of us have conversations like this with ourselves all the time. When someone’s spending is really out of control, we say they’re a shopaholic.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is a new romantic comedy about a woman who’s addicted to shopping. Devan hopes the movie will give her some advice on how to control her own spending habits. Listen to her and Ella talk about the movie and shopping.


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Ella:  So I’m not gonna lie. I’m a total shopaholic. And when Confessions of a Shopaholic came out I was completely excited.

Devan:  Did you go see it?

Ella:  I haven’t seen it yet. But I’ve seen a lot of the previews and stuff. So it looks great, and I love Isla Fisher.

Devan:  Yeah, I saw a preview for that too and I don’t know if I’ll be jealous of all the clothes she buys in the movies or if it’ll be helpful ‘cause I have a shopping problem too. I’m drowning in debt from all of my credit cards. I’m just a total compulsive shopper. So maybe I can get some tips from that movie about what to do.

Ella:  Yeah totally. So in the movie it looks like she just shops all the time for no reason. Some people use it for therapy but it seems like she just does it to do it.

Devan:  Yeah. I’m more of a shopper when I’m sad or after I get dumped, you know? And I just go crazy spending money.

Ella:  I’m more of a window-shopper if I don’t have the money, but I like to do it if I need to get something.

Devan:  I definitely need to learn how to prioritize. I’m much more likely to go buy a new shirt than to, you know, buy trash bags.


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Ella loves to shop and is excited to see Confessions of a Shopaholic. Devan is worried that if she sees the movie it will just make her want to shop more. She is in debt from being a compulsive shopper.

People shop for different reasons. Devan shops when she’s feeling depressed. It’s like therapy for her. Ella only shops when she can afford it or when she needs something.

Are you a shopaholic or do you know anyone who is? Why do you think people love to shop so much?



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I´m not a shopaholic, I mean, there are some people who can´t help spending the money they suffers to make, so they buy unecessary clothes and stuffs like a illness or madness to satisfy themselves.

At first, You need to think about lots of issues and the things that You need to put in first place, then, if you get some spare money you can buy that wonderful jacket or that slacks you got obsessed for.

But, In my opinion, I hate to spend my money buying things I´ll regret to have bought after some seconds ehehe.

04:33 PM Apr 08 2009 |

mi young

South Korea

I'm not a compulsive shopper. when I go shopping I always have mind what I need either color or something like that. And I always compare the price at almost store and I buy something that is best price and it make me happy:)

In my case, I don't want to spend a lot of money in shopping. I prefer to spend money to buy another things or learn rather than clothes.

 I don't have friends who shoppaholic around me, so I can't understand people who like shopping but, I think shopping is one of the way of releasing from stress or really into fashion:)


04:29 PM Apr 08 2009 |


Russian Federation

I'm not a shopaholic. I go shopping only if I need something and, it's the main thing, I can afford it. And I get tired of shopping very quickly. So at last time I do my shops in internet more often.

04:23 PM Apr 08 2009 |

Dani Tomeh

Dani Tomeh


It's a wish to have more things, and never be satisfied.

04:04 PM Apr 08 2009 |




I'm not a shopaholic. I usually feel tired soon when shopping.But one of my friend is totally a compulsive shopper whose record is keep shopping over 6 hours! She can't help to own the stuff she likes.

But in my opinion, no necessary to spend money on unusable things. This part of money can be saved and be used to help others.Smile

03:51 PM Apr 08 2009 |



I was used to be crazy about shop on the internet. In that time I was drowning in debt from my credit card. Fortunately, I only have one credit card. It is hard to imagine if I had more than one card!

Now, I can control myself. I know what kind of things is worth to byCool

02:14 PM Apr 08 2009 |




I don't like the shopaholic. Although they are rich,there are other meaningful things  rather than buying useless stuff.Why not donate money to the poor,maybe you will satisfied,when you contribute your strength.Love makes the world  go around.

02:09 PM Apr 08 2009 |

ice cold

ice cold


I am not shopaholic at all!! .Before going to shopping i have the right idea things to be brought I am a little bit of window shopper because i like to spend lot of time updating about latest fashion ,products etc  and very rarely brings home useless thingsCool

01:19 PM Apr 08 2009 |



i am not a shopaholic, but my girlfriend often buys the stuff that she doesn't really want it. like clothes, shoes,accouterments. but now she is better than before. i really appreciate her change now.

01:07 PM Apr 08 2009 |




i am a guy,so i am not a shopahlic.  when i need something to use ,ike clothes,books ,and some food ,i would like to buy in a surpermarket wiht my friends. my female friends some of them are compulsion shopper. i always see them shopping all the weekend.they are not think about money, hehe .i think they take the shopping as a method for release pressure from working ,life .and so on .another reason is they  take their appearence as a important stuff.

12:26 PM Apr 08 2009 |




this lesson is not audible to me. do you have any idea why?


12:18 PM Apr 08 2009 |



Hong Kong

I don't mind i am a shopaholic if i have a lot of money.

11:57 AM Apr 08 2009 |




I have little problem with saving money – I spend often too much, especially on holiday. But in shoping try to buy good stuff with small price.

People love to shop so much, because this is relax for them, and need something new to have. But I prefer spend my money on travel ;)

11:31 AM Apr 08 2009 |




It seems like all the shopaholic are women,maybe it's wrong.but most of them are women.So it's not wrong for a woman to buy beautiful things,like clothes,shoes and all.It's just when you can't control yourself of shopping,it will bring a lot of troubles.Like Devan,you would be drowning in debt too,except you are extremely rich,you can not afford shopping all the time for no reason.Buying is not wrong,it incents the society to create more stuff,but you should buy the stuff that you really need although sometimes it's hard to tell what you need most,it seems like if you buy all of them would be perfect.

11:31 AM Apr 08 2009 |




if you want to be wealthy,we must decrease our desires…because,real rich man not to be wealthy who has lots of money, his needs that is least one…


11:16 AM Apr 08 2009 |



İ hate to shop.İ dont understand all the money spent shopping

10:18 AM Apr 08 2009 |

gembong sukendra



sorry i am indonesian, i know the firt what mean gonna, wanna. I  think this is slank language, is this right?

09:32 AM Apr 08 2009 |



sometimes because pressure with too much works so that someone needs spending a lot.

09:12 AM Apr 08 2009 |



Russian Federation

I am not a shopaholic at all. I am anti-shopaholic (or may be shopaphobic). I hate shopping. It is something tiresome for me. If I need to buy something it will take a lot of time. It is really hard to find something that fits the bill. Especially if your size is XS.

07:53 AM Apr 08 2009 |




my fav movie!!! i think that i still can control my spending habit

but i spend more on shoes :p

07:52 AM Apr 08 2009 |

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