KUALA LUMPUR: Parents and bargain hunters are making full use of the year end and Christmas sales to stretch the ringgit further.
Top of the list will be to get school necessities and Christmas presents.
Isaac, 40, an IT consultant, has set a lower Christmas present budget for his children this year.
“My budget for gifts usually ranges from RM40 to RM200, but it is lower this year because the prices for gifts have increased.
“We are only buying what is necessary and will also be taking advantage of the Chinese New Year promotions to buy more extravagant items,” he said when met at a shopping mall here.
Housewife Ng Swee Fung, 49, was also on the hunt for Christmas presents.
“We have exceeded our budget on most items.
“Some of our relatives have decided not to celebrate Christmas to avoid wasting money.”
Public relations manager Charmaine Goh Soke Mieng, 29, said if one looked hard enough, there were still good bargains to be scored.
“I managed to buy a Christmas tree at half price,” said Goh, who wanted to buy a sweater for a friend.
Student Nadiah Yasmin, 16, has been looking around for school shoes and necessities for herself and her two younger siblings to fit their budget of RM300.
“We heard about the Back-To-School promotions happening in Aeon and decided to shop here,” said Nadiah.
Aeon assistant general manager Lim Bee Hoon said sales were picking up as there is not much time left before school starts.
Other than back-to-school promotions, there are also deals for items such as food and beverages for Christmas parties.
“This year for Christmas, we also have Yukee the snowman and his frosty magic at Aeon Mall Shah Alam.
“This is Malaysia’s first outdoor snow experience with a snow playground for kids, happening from Dec 16 to Jan 1 next year,” she added.