Hari Raya Aidilfitri – the festival that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner. The festive mood has already set in with President Halimah Yaacob launching a new note at the Istana Hari Raya open house, commemorating Singapore’s bicentennial.
Under the glitz and glam spell of Hari Raya, many are tempted to loosen their purse strings – but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank for it! Take a moment and think about it – do you really need that new set of clothes?
There has to be a way to spend Hari Raya without setting your pockets on fire. With that said, here’s a quick guide on how to save during Hari Raya during your last-minute shopping.
1. Plan Your Spending
An essential step for not burning your pocket during festivities is to set a budget – even if it is for last minute shopping.
2. Stick to The Budget
A smart tip when you’re trying not to overspend is to use cash or debit cards, rather than credit cards. This compels you to use only what you have – and not a dollar more.
3. Hari Raya Bazaar Sale
Prices are usually significantly reduced at the Hari Raya Bazaar as sellers try to clear the stock. While the slashed prices might be calling out your name, do remember to ask yourself three important questions:
- What do I need?
- Do I really need it?
- Is there an alternative to it?
Hari Raya Shopping Checklist
To help you stay focused, here is a printable guide on how you can save during the last-minute Hari Raya shopping.
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Duit Raya (Green Packets)
Enhance the happiness of the young receiving money. Split the money by giving some at your grandparent’s house and the rest can be in the form of creative inexpensive items or gift coupons.
Adding a twist is the new mantra. Mix and match your old Baju Kurung and add different accessories to make your outfit brand new. By sifting through your wardrobe you will have an idea of what you “need” and can avoid overspending.
Additionally, you can also thrift shop aside from sifting. The apparel in a thrift shop are wide-ranging due to donations made. It is a unique experience and an interesting alternative to get your hands on one-of-a-kind outfits that stand out— and for a good price. Take this opportunity to create a stunning outfit for a fraction of the price.
Yes, we understand it can be daunting to cook a whole feast but catering might be detrimental for your wallet (it can cost more than $500 for just a day!).
Instead, revive your grandma’s much-loved recipes and get family members to join in preparing delicious home-cooked food. Otherwise, encourage community bonding through an open house potluck. This way, you can cut costs, split food bills, and preserve the old essence of true bonding with family and friends.
A smart way to impress your guests is simply to move things around the house to give it a new feel. Another great decoration idea is to change the covers of your cushions, instead of splurging on a new sofa set. Alternatively, add a splash of greens by re-purposing plants from your balcony and put them into decorative jars or teacups instead of buying expensive flowers.