Bargain hunting may save money, but for some people, looking for the next "great deal" becomes an addiction. The call of the clearance rack wins out over practical matters - like whether you need or want what you found, or even have a place to put it. April Lane Benson is the editor of the book I Shop, Therefore I Am. She says that when it comes to bargain-hunting addictions, what people buy isn't as important as how big the price reduction is. In fact, the bigger the price cut, the more tempting a purchase is. After all, if something's 80% off the original price - you're saving 80 percent! What you may not consider is that by not buying, you'll save 100%. Bargain addicts also make illogical purchases, like grabbing up sale-price auto parts for cars they don't own, or bargain kid's clothes for children they don't have. It's no laughing matter. Studies show that almost 1 in 6 adults have shopping addictions and experts say it's as powerful as a drug or alcohol addiction - and can leave people drowning in debt.So, why is a bargain-hunting addiction so common? Tim Kasser, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois, says it's a way for people to ease insecurities, and feel more competent and in control. In fact, shopping addicts often don't realize they have a problem, even when the bags and bills start stacking up. It usually takes a big event to bring it to their attention, like divorce, a new baby, unemployment, or retirement. Or they simply max out their credit cards, and have no more spending power. So, how can you tell if you're a bargain junky? Here are the five tell-tale signs: You hit sales and clearance racks when you feel angry or blue. Or you feel guilty after shopping and hide your purchases. You spend more money than you can afford. You see sales as opportunities you can't pass up. Another clue you're a bargain addict: You spend so much time tracking down deals that it intrudes on your time with family and friends.* You often forget what you bought, and find things in your closets you've never used.If that sounds like you - and you'd like tools to help stop the over-shopping - check out the website: