Learn to be a discerning shopper
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.