<strong>By Jennifer E. Jones</strong> <br /><br />Feeling stressed and need to hit the mall? Think you need that new car to keep up with the Joneses? Take our quiz to see how spending money and dealing with stress are often linked.<br />

When you're shopping for new clothes, what should be your biggest deciding factor in making a purchase?

Emotional spending includes making purchases based on feeling rather than budget.

You're upset. What's the best thing you can do to make yourself feel better?

Spending money to cheer yourself up can lead to debt. Find ways to cheer yourself up that don't include dipping into your wallet.

When you accomplish something great, how do you reward yourself?

Great accomplishments come with their own reward. Don't get into the habit of believing every achievement must be followed by a monetary prize.

If you are a balanced spender, how should you feel looking at receipts from previous purchases?

Your feeling towards receipts are a good gauge of your relationship with money. If you're ashamed or regretful, you might be an emotional spender.

Christmas is coming, but money is tight. What do you do?

Although it's expected that your spending will increase some during November and December, you don't have to blow your budget just to fit in with the holiday cheer.

How do you feel about infomercials?

Infomercials rely on a lot of excitement and pressure to make their products appear to be things you cannot live without. Don't fall for it.

When do you upgrade your cell phone?

If you take care of your electronics, they can last you a long time. High-turnover and trying to keep up with the latest models of technology will drain your funds.

How do you feel about the quality of your life?

If you're stressed out all the time and consistently unhappy, seek out a professional who can help you before you self-medicate with material things.
Your result is:
You Are an Emotional Spender
Take a good long look at your spending habits and resolve to make some changes in your life that will help you be more balanced -- without breaking your budget.

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You Are Emotional Spender... Some of the Time
A tough day might send you on a shopping spree, but it doesn't happen too often. Learn to relax a little and find new hobbies that don't tap into your cash flow.

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You Are Balanced and Budget-Savvy
You know when to spend and when not to spend. Congrats. Being good with money is its own reward.

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