Category Archives: consumerism

Retail Therapy

Of all the phrases that have potential to grate on me I think the one that irritates me the most is ‘retail therapy’. ‘Retail therapy’ encapsulates so many of the problems in society at the moment. Do we really  all think that we can … Continue reading

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Together we can…

Psychologists have referred to the idea of learned helplessness when discussing some cases of poverty around the world. Faced unrelentingly with tremendous hardship many people begin to believe that there is nothing that they can do to change their circumstances. But it … Continue reading

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January Madness

I’m not sure if it’s because of my growing awareness of consumerism, or my growing number of grey hairs (or both!), but more and more I’m appalled by the absolute craziness that seems to possess people around December and January. … Continue reading

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Buy me, buy me, buy me…

My kids have only just started to watch commercial TV this year. They look forward to watching Dora the Explorer and Diego bright and (too) early on a Saturday morning. My oldest son actually loves watching the ads and gets annoyed … Continue reading

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Delayed Gratification

I’m willing to accept that I’m a bit of a miser. I don’t think I’ve ever once paid for my kids to ride on one of those $2 rides in shopping centres (if you can call bobbing up and down … Continue reading

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Secret Santa?

With Christmas decorations once again beginning to appear in the shops (yes it is September!) I’ve been thinking a bit about Christmas gift giving. In my last post ‘Let’s have a party’, I wrote a bit about the merits of giving … Continue reading

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Let’s have a party…

This month we had a birthday party for my son who was turning 6. I’d been knocked pretty flat with a virus the week leading up to his party and was still crook on the day. So I knew that by … Continue reading

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