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Mr. D'Souza Jan 21, 2009 01:04 am
Money Saving Tips:-
Food is one of the most important things in our day to day life. Do your grocery shopping in bulk. Buy items that don't really have an expiry date in bulk (eg: - rice, washing powder, tissues and so on). For other items like milk, juice, purchase it only if you need it or if you are having guests over. I need to credit other people, who said "shop at Carrefour, Lulu", that's an excellent suggestion. Always shop at the supermarket/hypermarket closest to you, there are plenty of Carrefour & lulu hypermarkets. F&B prices have increased, it is best to buy your items from the big hypermarkets as mentioned earlier rather than small corner grocery stores because their rate is relatively higher at times. Only shop at small supermarkets in an emergency. By buying in reasonable bulk and shopping less frequently folks you save on petrol, which in turn is a stepping stone to saving the environment.
Clothing & General Shopping:-
Children are the ones who outgrow clothes the quickest, I suggest shopping for their clothing in any departmental outlets (eg:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-: Carrefour, Mona Lisa & if your really in dire straits you can opt for discount stores). For everyone else, buy your clothes, shoes, accessories during sale, especially now that there is shopping festival; almost everywhere in Dubai malls have stores with 50% off signage). Signup for airmiles program, they have discounts at times. If it is affordable, apply for a credit card that has interesting benefits and use it the special offers wisely and sparingly. Don't worry, apart from DSF there are sales in malls at least once in 6 months because of seasonal clearance. Most important, people don't rely on "expensive brands", I don't mean to criticize but if you can't afford those expensive brands even though they look better on you than anyone else, try to take a step back and opt for a less expensive brand. If you have relatives who visit Dubai every year, probably from the U.S. ask them to buy a pair of clothes, because clothes in U.S. go on sale at the end of the year, so apart from clothes in Dubai, some lucky people can benefit from this as a backup plan.
Credit Card holders, introduce a pay as you go system. If you hold a credit card, it means you are a salaried individual/family. Everytime you make a purchase on your credit card, at the end of the day or week, make a full or reasonable payment so that when your credit card statement arrives, there's no need to panic because you are on time with your bills. This is way it also helps when banks have holidays, ATM machines don't work and other unseen issues.
Mohamad B Jan 20, 2009 01:45 pm
Shobhra- Sale for footware is worth it. Abu Dhabi is over Sharjah sale is still on. (Credit for this tip goes to my niece Miss Samina Khan-AUH)
If your feet are of odd size head to Shaoemart and you may find very cheap ones but good quality there.
neelam Jan 20, 2009 10:22 am
To save money do not go for labels which are on offer ,they might be cheap when you buy in Bulk but by the time you will consume that it will be expired
Do not take exams of your children by taking them High profile Malls , try to go Picnics on Park,Beaches , Al Ain zoo,
For Grocery do not prefer Spinnys , opt for Carefour or LULU ,Spinnys is good for the unconventional foos Items
Reduce the Visits to Cinema Halls , the Budget for 2 persons will be 120 with Popcorns and Coke ,opt for Home Movies or Evision Pay per view
Stop using Credit Cards at alll , the interest you will pay counts
If you are a Book Freak please visit the OLD books stores like in Karama and Satwa , you can find the same book ( Old ) but in Cheap price