Tough times change habits

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DID you make any changes to your annual Christmas shopping this year, amid dark financial times tightening people’s purse strings?

It would appear that the recent economic doom and gloom has affected our Christmas shopping habits.

With less money to spend on presents for loved ones, people are turning to charity shops to save a few pennies.

Jason Elder, general manager at Age Scotland on Dalkeith High Street, said he had seen a real change in shopping habits during this festive period: “More and more people are realising that in this type of environment you can get something that is good quality and good value.

“Now people are coming here to get clothes for a night out instead of fancy dress.”

And with many people living busier lives, not only are people looking for bargains, they are doing their Christmas shopping on their phone while on the move.

Internet shopping is more popular in the UK than in any other major country, a survey from regulator Ofcom suggests. Consumers in the UK spend an average of £1,083 a year on internet shopping, compared with Australia which spends the second highest at £842, it said. The country’s fondness for net shopping is, in part, driven by mobile devices.

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