Tender Infographic: Limpopo

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The Real Truth about Retail Therapy

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The Real Truth about Retail Therapy

 

What we’re doing with retail therapy is we’re desperately trying to regulate our emotions. We don’t like distressing or uncomfortable emotions. So we’ll do short-lived things that make us feel good in the moment” … Joanne Corrigan – Psychologist.

Retail therapy … is it really therapy or is it as Joanne suggests above a “quick fix” for when we are feeling down and need a quick boost or lift? I mean, who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes or a new handbag, or the latest perfume, right? And most of the time when you buy something new, you do feel good, great even. You can imagine how awesome you will look in your outfit with your new shoes or new handbag and the compliments you will get. BUT it is short-lived, because at some point, the indulgence is going to cost you, especially if it something you haven’t budgeted for and it’s a spur of the moment splurge. Once you realised you have overspent, then the depression sets in and so it becomes a vicious circle, of feeling down and depressed, indulging in some retail therapy, feeling good immediately after the purchase, but some time later feeling down once more when you realised you have overspent, yet AGAIN.

If you have clothes or shoes in your cupboard that you have never worn or items in your house that you have never used (we all are guilty of this, although some more than others … just think of the TV show “Hoarders”), then it is time to rethink your retail therapy.

Although retail therapy might work in the short term, it can never cure what’s driving us to shop in the first place, it just temporarily numbs the pain. So … is there a way of achieving a balance?

 

I have come up with a few tips on how to make the best use of retail therapy without blowing your budget every time you feel down.

  1. Always have a monthly budget. (Very Important!) and not just in your head. Write all your expenses down. Every month so you can see exactly where your money is going and then stick to it.
  2. When you feel down, instead of going out and just aimlessly buying, how about window shopping instead? You can look, wish for it, but just don’t buy it. The same goes for shopping online – the wish list is there for a reason. Use it.
  3. Instead of buying those expensive shoes or outfit outright, put them on lay-by or hold for a few days while you think seriously about how much you really need/want them. Maybe after a day or two you will realise that you don’t actually really need them, yes, you may always want them, but the question to ask is, “Do I really need them?”
  4.  Look for alternative things to do when feeling down – phone or talk to a friend, get outside into the fresh air for some exercise, take your dog (or a friend or neighbour’s dog) for a walk, read a book or magazine. The options are endless and sometimes making someone else happy, ends up making you feel happy too. That’s a win/win situation.
  5. Take time to laugh. Laughter IS the best medicine.

 

 

Life is short, yes, but if buying the shoes means you have to live off bread and water for the rest of the month, then the answer is No. Don’t buy the shoes!

So, what is the real truth about Retail Therapy? It is necessary in our lives, we all need it, but the key is not to let it rule our lives and take over our lives, by buying stuff we don’t really need, but want in an effort to make us feel (temporarily) good about ourselves and our lives. What we need to remember with retail therapy, like most things in life, is Moderation. Find a balance. Find an alternative to shopping/buying when feeling down or depressed.

 

Sources:

Vendhq
Fitsmallbusiness.com
Wordstream
Shopify
CampaignMonitor
Pixabay


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Projects Infographic: East Africa

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Tender Infographic: Mpumalanga

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Projects Infographic: KZN

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Tender Infographic: Gauteng

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Leads 2 Business – Year End Function Awards Evening 2018

The much-anticipated and Auspicious Leads 2 Business Awards Evening was recently held at the tranquil Tala Game Reserve.

Highlights of the evening was the presentation of several Awards to personalities who excelled commendably. The winners were presented with a commendation certificate, a stunning photo book and a floating trophy. In addition, awards for 5 years and 10 years long service were also presented.

 

The CEO's Customer Relations Award
Winner: Christine Brooks
The Top Sales Award
Winner, Michelle Engelbrecht
The Top Tele-Sales Award
Winner : Jackie van Zyl
The Top Account Co-ordinator Award
Winner : Candice van Aswegan
The Top Retention Admin Award
Winner : Cecile van Deventer
The Top Retention Award
Winner : Wendy De Wet
The Voice of the Company Award
Winner : Tara Hutton
The Top Content Researcher Award
Winner : Michelle Hosford
The Most Improved Employee Award
Winner : Connie Flinders
The Most Valued Employee Award
Winner : Sasha Anderson
The Platinum Quill Blog Award
Winner : Lauren Davids
5 Year Long Service Awards
Winners : Bianca Horne and Shanna Knezovich
10 Year Long Service Awards
Winners : Barry West, Debbie Wessels, Antonette Claassens, Lola Govender & Jackie van Zyl

 

Congratulations and Well Done to all the Award Winners!

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Featured Project: Bella Riva Lifestyle & Golf Estate – Residential

Bella Riva Lifestyle & Golf Estate – Residential

Kathu Solar Park

Description:

Construction of the residential component for the Bella Riva Lifestyle and Golf Estate. Situated at the Fisantekraal Urban edge north east of Durbanville, in the Western Cape. The development will consist of a golf course, residential components, retirement village component, a plastic surgery facility supported by a hotel and spa facilities. A retail component and various recreational facilities such as children’s play areas, BMX circuit, gym trim trail, indoor climbing wall, skate park, jogging trails, fishing and canoeing.

Status:

Design

Category:

Building

Industry:

Residential

Sector:

Private

Region:

Western Cape

Value:

R100 Million+

Timing:

2018 onwards

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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Featured Project: Giyani Regional Mall

Giyani Regional Mall

Description:

Construction of a 36 000m² extension to the existing 12 000m² Masingita Mall, located on Malamulele Road in Giyani, Limpopo, resulting in a total GLA of 48 000m². This will then be the biggest shopping centre in the Mopani District. The mall opens up to the riverine that runs from the north eastern side through to the south western side of the site. This is where the hub of the centre is and where the entertainment and food court is situated. In addition to the anchors, there will be a number of fashion outlets, including but not limited to the Foschini Group, the Pepkor Group, the Edcon Group, Truworths and the first Woolworths to enter the rural market. Value R328 million

 Giyani Regional Mall

Status Region
 Underway  Limpopo
Category Value
 Building  R328 million
Industry Timing
 Retail October 2017 to October 2018

(12 months)

Sector Class
 Private   Invited / Negotiated

 

 

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