The Shopper Stopper was developed by Money and Mental Health and Plexus, to help people to boost their self-control and cut down on online shopping. It’s a tool for everyone who wants help controlling their spending, whether you have a mental health problem or not.
Plexus is a social enterprise that creates digital resources to support wellbeing.
Money and Mental Health is a charity, set up by Martin Lewis, to tackle the links between mental health problems and financial difficulties.
This tool was created to help people control their spending, not to make money. We take protecting your data very seriously, you can read more about that here.
Shopper Stopper lets you control the opening hours of online shopping sites, so that you can keep sites closed at the times when you find shopping hardest to resist.
You can choose which sites you want to control and set your own opening hours to make the tool work best for you.
If you try to access a shopping site outside of your chosen opening hours, a message will pop-up reminding you about the Shopper Stopper. We recommend that you personalise this message, as research has shown that this can make your resolve stronger.
The Shopper Stopper will also suggest other things for you to do instead of shopping, you can customise these when you sign up.
If you need urgent access to a shopping site outside of the opening hours you have set, you can ask a friend to temporarily open it up for you. If you think you’ll want this feature then you can nominate a trusted friend, giving them a virtual set of spare keys to your online shops.
If you’re sure that you want to remove the Shopper Stopper, you can uninstall it through your browser settings.
Before you do that, we’d recommend that you think back to why you signed up in the first place, and whether you could make it work better for you by changing the opening hours of your shopping sites or involving a trusted friend to give you temporary access. You can do this in your settings.
If you do uninstall the Shopper Stopper, you can re-install it for free, at any time.