I have a compulsive spending habit - specifically, I buy games on steam that I never play or never finish. I spent hundreds of dollars last month. I'm working on trying to stay within a budget but the urge to spend is stronger than my willpower.
I've thought about trying to "hire" someone to be my friend on steam. They monitor my steam collection by checking out my profile and charge me a percentage of everything I buy. In addition, I'd owe him a free game regularly for his service. So if I buy a $60 game and I owe say, 15% of everything I purchase on steam, he bills me $9 as a fee for spending money on games. In addition, he get's a free game every week or month.
It would mean basically giving money away as punishment for not sticking to my goals which would, in theory, be a deterrent to spending money on games frivolously.
Would this be something that someone would likely go for if I advertised it on CL or something?
Attack the cause, not the effect
The cause of your problem is that you're a fucking loser who sits at home all day on Steam and you have nothing to do so you buy games
Jist fucking leave the house more. Pick up golf I don't know, go to the store and just eat ice cream all day do something
I'm picky about games so I'll pick one up and if I don't like it, I just move on to the next. I also have a relatively short attention span but always want to be playing one. I don't know if compulsive is the right word but I feel like if someone else saw whenever I bought a new game and they billed me for it it might be embarrassing enough to stop.
>It would mean basically giving money away as punishment for not sticking to my goals which would, in theory, be a deterrent to spending money on games frivolously.
So you're blowing money on nothing and your trick is to punish yourself with blowing money on nothing?
You don't sound like the type to respond well to those type of threats.
I think it more has to do with the fact that I'd owe someone else money for all the money I spend. It's a little embarrassing. Also, I get something out of playing all those games, even if I don't finish them. I just need something to slow me down. I feel it would be good incentive if I were getting charged a hefty interest.
Just stop doing it idiot.
It's that simple.
Identify something is detrimental in some way/you don't wish to spend your time or money on it anymore
Stop doing it, just don't do it anymore.