The prices of things are going up beyond our control, and although many of us can go without luxuries, there are many necessities we cannot do without. These include groceries for the kitchen, clothes, toiletries, household items and more. There are many ways you can cut down your monthly spending on these essentials.
One of the ways you can try to save is to choose the right places to shop. You may notice that items are only 10 to 30 cents cheaper at these budget shopping places. Here are affordable shopping destinations you can try out.
For Fresh Vegetables, Meats and Seafood:
Nothing beats the prices at your local morning markets and these are the best places to get your money’s worth in terms of freshness and variety. Meat is often freshly slaughtered and fish shipped in straight from the coasts. The veggies you find here are often larger and much more blemish free compared to those you find elsewhere. The only downside would perhaps be the timing of the markets since it only opens in the morning when most office workers are rushing off to work. You can wake up earlier, or do your shopping on the weekends and stock up on raw ingredients.
Some places may have fresh markets running on at night together with other cooked food and non-food vendors at your local ‘Pasar Malam’. Their prices are pretty much the same as the morning markets and they offer an equally good array of fresh ingredients.
For items like salted fish, belacan, noodles, preserved vegetables and the like, you can explore the morning markets too. But if you’re looking for canned food, snacks, frozen cooked food, instant noodles and the like, a Hypermarket will have a wider variety of brands which you can compare prices.
Hardware and DIY items:
It’s always good to tackle small issues in the home by yourself, like leaky taps, damaged light bulbs, spoiled door knobs and the like. This is one strategy to cut down on your monthly expenditures. One place you can find the tools and components you need is at DIY shops like MR. DIY. They offer very affordable options for components and tools, almost half the price of foreign hardware chains that have been appearing in recent years.
Miscellaneous Household Products:
Japanese dollar stores like Daiso offers cleaning, craft, gardening, stationary, crockery, cutlery and more for about RM6 per item, which is a real bargain. Many of their products undergo stringent quality checks so you don’t have to worry about value for money. There are also many Korean dollar stores like Yubiso and KIODA selling toiletries, skin care and cosmetics for relatively affordable prices but with high quality, so you may want to check those out.
Clothing and Fabrics:
If you want casual clothing, the most affordable place is, of course, the bundle store near you. Those living in the Klang Valley may want to check out a Japanese secondhand item and clothing store called Jalan-Jalan Japan in One City, Subang, which has plenty of items for less than RM10 per piece. One option for affordable formal and work clothing would be to shop online, as it affords you the luxury of comparing prices before making a decision. Many online boutiques offer sales and promotions from time to time, so that’s worth a look-see, check out our article on ways you can spend smartly and stay stylish.
For fabric that you need to turn into curtains, table cloths or to tailor into an outfit, head over to Nilai Square and Nilai 3 as they have the most varied selections. You’ll find the most competitive prices there as well as store upon store of any and every type of fabrics you need. Another area to explore for fabric is Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman near the SOGO shopping center.
With some discipline and self-control, you can always bring down your expenditures and still live comfortably within your means. For those times when you need some financial help, you can always reach out to us and we’ll be there to support and assist you.