Consumer Watch



Glenda Thompson

The Festive Season has arrived! The Halls have been decked with Boughs of Holly and everyone is getting into the mood, although this is being done a lot more gingerly than in previous years perhaps, considering the fact that the country’s consumer price inflation rose to 5.1 percent year-on-year in September, from 4.8 percent in August, and continues to rise. A lot goes into inflation, including the cost of house rentals, transport costs, fuel costs etc.

The question is, how can we cut down on our own spending – and still have a merry Christmas? Here are a few tips.

  • Christmas gift ideas…. make your own! We all have hidden talents, and whether it be baking, bottling, writing or sewing, we can do it! I had a brainwave a few years ago with regards to grandchildren gifts and every year I write them a personalized hard cover book with photos, and a fun little piece of adventure on the side.  It doesn’t take long to put the whole book together (I use Burble) and the book is sent through to you for collection at the new photo shop in the Mall.  Try it!  So much fun.
  • Monitor supermarket prices for your holiday shop. We are really spoilt for choice when it comes to the number or super supermarkets in the area.  Go online to check prices and find the prices and the supermarket that suits you.
  • Make sure you get your large, expensive presents insured! This is also the time of year that our criminal element is on the lookout for some free gifts for themselves.  Phones especially!  Get them insured right away.
  • Don’t forget your gift vouchers! So many of us have gift vouchers that we forget to use.  This is the time to do so.
  • Have a Secret Santa Christmas. Instead of handing out mediocre gifts to everyone on Christmas Day, have a draw beforehand and buy one great gift for the person who has been selected for you.


Thanks to our Fashion Guru, Daniyel Berry from Style Me –  for giving us this confidence boosting piece prior to the Show It All Christmas season!

Says Daniyel   “Society has brainwashed us into believing that we should be perfect. We need to view social media & magazines as inspiration for fashion trends & beauty tips, not a measuring stick for our self-confidence. Stop taking it personally, we are human, we are real, we are not Barbie dolls. Let’s embrace our perfect imperfections because ultimately that is the true essence of beauty.

I have consulted many clients who do not feel confident in the sexuality. This is because they lack the security & confidence of living in their skin. They believe they are not deserving of pleasure. This certainly affects the way they perform on a personal level and in the work place. A negative body image is sabotaging your femininity as well as your personal growth, development & confidence. Why do this to yourself?

Listen to the words you keep saying to yourself in your head. If this was an external person would you be friends with them? We are constantly beating ourselves up. We criticize ourselves severely from the bags under our eyes to our cellulite. We need to practice authenticity, it is a daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Be the best YOU can be! Be comfortable in your skin. Don’t compare notes.

Keep your coffee in one hand and your confidence in the other.

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