New Zealanders are passionate shoppers. Last year we spent around $6.8 billion in December – that’s online as well as in store – and according to Retail NZ there’s every indication this Christmas we’ll spend even more. So before you set out to shop, make sure you’ve done a little planning.
Once you’ve done the footwork and made a list of possible gift ideas and a spending plan, you’re ready to go shopping.
It’s worth thinking about how your brain responds to the experience of shopping to get a better understanding of why your mood can be affected.
While taking an abstemious approach comes with its own rewards, factoring in some funds to buy yourself a small gift is not only realistic, it also helps to curb the urge to splash out on those bigger ticket items.
Making mindful shopping decisions creates conscious consumers. You can embrace the drive toward more ethical shopping choices by simply buying gifts you know people will appreciate, and love. Given the amount of unwanted presents that surface on Trademe every year – or become landfill down the track – it’s worth shopping with an eye to where your gift could end-up.