5 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Relationship with Money

1. You spend money every time you feel [insert emotion here]. Just as someone might turn to a pint of Haagen-Dazs every time they feel lonely, bored or even happy, emotional shopping can be an equally destructive behavior when it becomes a habit.

 2. Life isn’t enjoyable because you can’t stop thinking about money. Money becomes equated with their self-worth. Recognizing and getting these feelings of fear and shame off your chest is the first step toward a healthier relationship with money.

 3. You hide purchases from your partner. If you regularly hide purchases from your partner, it’s usually a sign that deep down you know your spending behavior is problematic. It can cause a serious rift in your relationship, and damage your financial health.

 4. There’s a growing stack of unopened bills on your desk. You know they’re there. You know they have to be paid. And yet you continue to ignore them as if they’ll eventually disappear. But the fact of the matter is that just makes problems get worse.

 5. FOMO rules your life (and bank account). Social butterflies tend to suffer from the “fear of missing out,” or FOMO. From expensive vacations, to dining out, they can’t say no. FOMO often starts out as a simple desire to be accepted. But it can easily spiral into a spending problem, especially if you’re too embarrassed to admit you can’t afford to spend the money.