By Denisia Adams
WORD OF THE DAY
adj. (of words, expressions, etc.) having an unpleasant or disparaging undertone
Eg. Mark's pejorative remark about his girlfriend's weight caused her to become bulimic.
SA TRIVIA QUESTION
When was Sun City officially opened?
A – December 1979 B – December 2000 C – 1994
Answer: A – December 1979
Sun City was developed by the hotel magnate Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties. It was officially opened on 7 December 1979.
At the time it was located in Bophuthatswana. As Bophuthatswana had been declared an independent state by South Africa's apartheid government (although unrecognized as such by any other country), it was allowed to provide 'immoral' entertainment (in the eyes of the South African government) such as gambling and topless revue shows, which were banned in South Africa.
DID YOU KNOW (www.didyouknow.org)
The tallest waterfalls in the world are Angel Falls in Venezuela. At 979 m (3,212 ft), they are 19 times taller than the Niagara Falls, or 3 times taller than the Empire State Building. DID YOU KNOW Earth is the densest planet in the solar system and the only one not named after a god.
TIP OF THE DAY
How to Control Compulsive Spending
To some, being a shopaholic is a joke. Movies like "Confessions of a Shopaholic" display the problem in a lovable and curable way. However, being a compulsive spender is not a joke. Compulsive spending is a bad habit that needs to be controlled. As such, there are a few steps that can help compulsive shoppers take a step back before picking up the credit card.
The first step in controlling compulsive spending is accepting the fact that you overspend. Until the knowledge that your spending is out of hand kicks in, there's not much you can do. You have to be ready to change if you are going to stop your compulsive spending. Take a deep breath, accept the fact that you're a compulsive spender, and get ready to change.
Hide your credit cards, except for one card with a very low spending limit. Carry only that credit card around. After all, you will need to shop for necessities, so carrying no cards at all isn't really an option. If you only have credit cards with high spending limits, see if you can get the limit lowered on one of your cards. Carrying only one card with a low limit will force you to limit your purchases. After all, if you try to overspend, your card will get declined - and no shopper wants to deal with that!
Check your credit card balance online daily. Seeing a daily reminder of the money that you owe should keep you on track and away from the mall. It gets depressing to see your balance grow, so looking your debt in the face is a great way to keep yourself away from spending more money.
Limit the time that you spend alone on the internet. The internet is a wonderful place for shopping, as any compulsive spender knows. So, make sure to have someone check out your internet activity every so often, or just stay off the internet as much as possible. Being left alone with the giant mall known as the internet makes shopping easy, so don't let that happen.
Clean out your closets. It will be a sobering reality to see how many things you've purchased and never used. Set aside everything that you've never used and don't want, as well as gently used items that you no longer want to keep. Then, sell these items. Have a garage sale, give them to a consignment store, or donate them. You can also sell them on eBay, but being on eBay at all may be too much temptation for a compulsive spender.
Keep yourself busy. If you have other activities, you won't feel the need to fill a void with shopping. Plus, if you find a hobby that you really like (and is healthy), it may take the place of shopping altogether. Compulsive shopping may be caused by the need to fill a void in your life. If you fill that void with something positive, you may be able to naturally move away from your shopping addiction.
Share your successes with friends and family members. Tell your friends and family members that you are going to cut back on your spending, and let them help you through your journey. Each time you go a week without buying anything unnecessary, tell someone! The praise will help you get through the tough times, and the encouragement to do better will be great when you lapse. When you do need to shop, take a shopping buddy. A shopping buddy will help you to determine what you need versus what you want.
Allow yourself to shop, but in moderation. If you see an item that you really want, stop and think before you buy it. If you can wait to buy it later, do so, because waiting a day or two will help you decide if you really want that particular thing. Also, when you shop, make a habit of only purchasing one thing. Do you really need to go out and buy five pairs of pants? Of course not. However, would one new, unique dress add a nice touch to your wardrobe? Absolutely. Shop, but shop wisely and moderately.
WE ALSO FEATURED:
An interview about Depression as a genetic disease as well as an interview about the Jumpstart programme. The Jumpstart programme creates a platform for the youth to gain skills which would prepare for the job market.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
The strongest among the weak is the one who doesn't forget his weaknesses.
That’s it for the Morning Cruise, where we cruise through your weekday here on BushRadio 89.5fm live on your stereo between 9am – 12pm with me Denisia Adams. Take Care ... make the best of your day and Keep the Faith. Stay Real!!!!!!!!!!