Victim of Super Insects by Angela Caldin

I’ve been the victim of a complex marketing ploy and I may take some time to recover. Back in early September, as I was paying for my shopping in Countdown, the cashier asked me if I was collecting Super Insect cards. Not wanting to miss out on anything, I said yes, and she handed me three packs. Thinking that they might be educational, I gave them to one of my granddaughters. She was fairly enthusiastic and persuaded her mother to buy the $6 album designed to house all the cards. Complexity It… Read More

I’m a Pak’nSlave to Supermarket Shopping by Emily Smart

Cutting our Cloth and Tightening our Belts The boss has issued a new dictate, citing that due to budgetary constraints, I can no longer do the grocery shop at New World. This was spurred on by a TV ad for a downmarket competitor offering conclusive proof of a $34 saving. I have been told in no uncertain terms that Pak’nSave (the aforementioned downmarket competitor) will be my supermarket of choice (or should that be coercion?). For those of you that don’t live in New Zealand, let me explain a little about the… Read More