Learn to be a dis­cern­ing shop­per

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food as they can get con­tam­i­nated.

“When you mar­i­nate poul­try, fish and other types of meat and then freeze them, it will lock in the nu­tri­ents and keep the food fresh longer,” she sug­gests.

ac­cord­ing to her, this also works for onions and gar­lic as the shelf life for these items are short.

“if you chop onions and gar­lic and keep them in the fridge, they last longer.”

These days, Bavani com­pares the price of the house­hold goods she buys. she even shops at whole­salers to take ad­van­tage of the lower prices.

But Bavani also cau­tions against be­ing penny wise and pound fool­ish, point­ing out that some­times it’s bet­ter to pay more for prod­ucts that are bet­ter in qual­ity.

“a bot­tle of liq­uid de­ter­gent may be cheaper by rM1 but if you need to use a lot more to clean your dishes, then it’s bet­ter to opt for one that costs more but is of a bet­ter qual­ity. in the long run, you’re ac­tu­ally save money,” says the thrifty Bavani.

Bavani and her hus­band have also cut down on other ex­penses.

“in the past few months, i have shopped in phar­ma­cies for my make-up sup­plies. While i don’t look like a mil­lion bucks, i’d sooner save a mil­lion bucks if i con­tinue shop­ping wisely,” she says.

The cou­ple have also started to do with­out lux­ury hol­i­days and over­seas trips.

“it has not been easy for us. But to sur­vive and be able to pay our monthly bills, we have learned to limit our usual luxuries.

“My hus­band and i have de­cided to eat out only on spe­cial oc­ca­sions, or go for a movie once a month,” she ex­plains.

But not all is doom and gloom. since they are now shop­ping and eat­ing out less, Bavani is now spend­ing more time out­doors.

“i have two dogs and they are more than happy to go for a run in the park ev­ery day. it’s not just cheaper but also health­ier. i guess i have to weigh be­tween my wants and needs these days,” Bavani con­cludes on a pos­i­tive note.

bavani Kr­ish­nan saves on her food bill by shop­ping at the whole­sale mar­ket.

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