By Glory Msowoya
Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has urged consumers in the country to be cautious when spending during this year’s festive season to avoid facing hardships in January.
In a statement, Cama Executive Director John Kapito said consumers need to prepare budgets.
“We have an obligation to ourselves and families and demand that all consumers be prudent during this festive season by cutting down on buying products and services that are of no value to our well-being.
“Consumers are advised to cut down on any unnecessary spending during this Christmas and consumers must remember that they have bills to settle,” Kapito said.
Blantyre-based consumer Alice Banda said there is a need for caution in spending.
“We should not get carried away with buying anything that we see on the market in the name of Christmas and New Year. After the festive season, there is life again, where a number of important issues like paying of school fees, buying of fertilisers, among others, need money,” Banda said
Cama has also asked consumers to plan all expenses with family, avoid buying unnecessary goods and services, avoid impulse buying or any influence through promotions and advertisements and reduce unnecessary travel.