College student, 20, finances her $ 150-a-week shopping addiction by donating her PLASMA

A self-proclaimed shopaholic has raised more than $ 3,000 to donate her plasma to fund her expensive store therapy practice.

Carisa Barker, 20, visited a clinic twice a week in the past year to donate the protein-rich fluid in blood in exchange for cash to finance her shopping.

The student and part-time babysitter from Salt Lake City, Utah, earns $ 280 a month after donating her plasma, and raises $ 3,360 in one year.

The Weber State University student told DailyMail.com exclusively: & # 39; I would absolutely recommend it to people who have no money and want to go shopping. & # 39;

Carisa Barker, from Salt Lake City, Utah, earns $ 280 a month from donating her plasma, earning $ 3,360 in one year. The 20-year-old student at Weber State University uses the money to finance her store addiction and spends $ 150 a week on clothing, shoes, and beauty products.

Carisa Barker, from Salt Lake City, Utah, earns $ 280 a month from donating her plasma, earning $ 3,360 in one year. The 20-year-old student at Weber State University uses the money to finance her store addiction and spends $ 150 a week on clothing, shoes, and beauty products.

Barker admits that she visits the mall about three times a week. She estimates that she spends around $ 600 a month on clothing, shoes, and beauty products. She said: & I am a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could. I usually go three or four times a week

Barker admits that she visits the mall about three times a week. She estimates that she spends around $ 600 a month on clothing, shoes, and beauty products. She said: & I am a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could. I usually go three or four times a week

Barker admits that she visits the mall about three times a week. She estimates that she spends around $ 600 a month on clothing, shoes, and beauty products. She said: & I am a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could. I usually go three or four times a week

During the donation process, called plasmapheresis, the blood is removed from Baker's body, the plasma is collected and the remaining blood components are returned to her body

During the donation process, called plasmapheresis, the blood is removed from Baker's body, the plasma is collected and the remaining blood components are returned to her body

During the donation process, called plasmapheresis, the blood is removed from Baker's body, the plasma is collected and the remaining blood components are returned to her body

She added: & # 39; I donate plasma twice a week. I get $ 20 the first time and $ 50 the next time.

& # 39; It's just a little extra money that I can spend, where I don't feel like I have worked very hard. & # 39;

Plasma is the yellowish liquid in the blood that remains after the white and red blood cells and platelets have been removed.

The fluid consists of water, salts, proteins and enzymes and is used in medicines that help people suffering from burns, shock, trauma & other medical emergencies.

While blood donors do not receive money in exchange for their donations, plasma collection centers throughout the country offer payment in exchange for plasma.

Barker, who studies communication, is a self-proclaimed shopaholic and admits that she visits the mall about three times a week.

She estimates that she spends around $ 600 a month on clothing, shoes, and beauty products.

She said: & I am a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could. I usually go three or four times a week.

& # 39; Clothing and shoes are my favorite things to buy and I also love beauty products.

& # 39; On each shopping day I only spend around $ 50, but that comes down to $ 150 a week. & # 39;

The Weber State University student told DailyMail.com: & I would absolutely recommend it to people who have no money and want to go shopping & # 39;

The Weber State University student told DailyMail.com: & I would absolutely recommend it to people who have no money and want to go shopping & # 39;

The Weber State University student told DailyMail.com: & I would absolutely recommend it to people who have no money and want to go shopping & # 39;

The college student started donating plasma last summer after a friend suggested it as an easy and quick way to make money. The process takes one and a half hours each time at BioLife Plasma Services in Layton, Utah (photo)

The college student started donating plasma last summer after a friend suggested it as an easy and quick way to make money. The process takes one and a half hours each time at BioLife Plasma Services in Layton, Utah (photo)

The college student started donating plasma last summer after a friend suggested it as an easy and quick way to make money. The process takes one and a half hours each time at BioLife Plasma Services in Layton, Utah (photo)

Barker continued: & # 39; If I see something that I like or if there is a discount or a good deal, I just buy it.

& # 39; I feel strong knowing that I have the money and that I can buy things. & # 39;

She started donating plasma last summer after a friend suggested it as an easy and quick way to make money.

The process takes one and a half hours at BioLife Plasma Services in Layton, Utah.

During the donation process, called plasmapheresis, blood is removed from Baker's body, the plasma is collected and the remaining blood components are returned to her body.

She said: & # 39; One of my friends is doing it and she took me once with her. I just kept doing it. I do it as often as I can, which is usually twice a week.

# It takes about an hour and a half every time I go.

& # 39; I go inside and fill out a questionnaire to make sure that I feel good that day, that I have no tattoos or piercings.

& # 39; They screen you and record your blood pressure and temperature.

& # 39; It takes a while to pump out the blood and insert it through the machine.

Barker added: & # 39; My plasma is used to make medicines for people with rare diseases. & # 39; I feel good to know that I help people. I intend to continue donating & # 39;

Barker added: & # 39; My plasma is used to make medicines for people with rare diseases. & # 39; I feel good to know that I help people. I intend to continue donating & # 39;

Barker added: & # 39; My plasma is used to make medicines for people with rare diseases. & # 39; I feel good to know that I help people. I intend to continue donating & # 39;

& # 39; The machine separates the red blood cells from the plasma. Then they put the blood back into my body.

& # 39; As long as I eat a lot of protein before I go and stay hydrated, I feel fine. There are no health risks I know and my parents are happy that I do it.

& # 39; My plasma is used to make medicines for people with rare diseases.

& # 39; I feel good to know that I help people. I intend to continue donating. & # 39;

Although friends have asked Baker to curb her shopping habits, she admitted that she cannot see a moment when she will not indulge in shop therapy.

She said: “My friends told me to stop shopping, but I can't. I live at home and all my money goes on shopping.

# I would save a lot of money if I quit, but as long as I have money that I can spend, I will continue to do it.

& # 39; If I was ever at a point where I had no money, I would stop.

& # 39; Shopping is my biggest expense, but I also spend a lot on traveling. & # 39;

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