Celebrating Hari Raya without breaking the bank

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  • Sunday, 12 May 2019

The festive bazaars in Jalan Masjid India are usually held leading up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Deepavali.

JOHOR BARU: Families are spending wisely for Hari Raya to avoid busting their budget.

Housewife Siti Noor Sepee, 36, said she started shopping in December last year, looking for bargains and discounted items during sales.

“We are allocating about RM1,500 this year for new clothes and shoes for my three children,’’ she said.

Siti Noor said she and her husband would wear last year’s baju kurung and baju Melayu as they still look “good and new”.

She said the family would go back to her in-law’s house in Felda Tenggaroh, Mersing and her parents’ home in Simpang Renggam.

Another housewife, Ma’safurah Hussein, 54, said they would gather at her late grandmother’s house in Larkin near here.

She said that with over 50 family members, the first day of Hari Raya would be potluck with everyone bringing their own dish.

“We spent about RM1,000 for the four of us to tailor our Raya outfits.

“The fabric was bought last year during a sale,” said Ma’safurah.

Hamedah Mokhtar, 55, from Simpang Renggam said she would allocate about RM7,000 for this year’s Hari Raya, up from RM5,000 in 2018.

“I’m setting aside about RM4,000 as duit Raya,’’ she added.

Self-employed Norizan Nasiman, 38, said one should celebrate Hari Raya according to one’s financial ability.

The father of two from Taman Perling said that last year, he spent about RM4,000 on new clothes, food and duit raya for children visiting his house.

Norizan said he would probably allocate the same amount of money this year, adding that he was lucky he did not have to spend on petrol and tolls.

“My wife’s family lives in Ulu Choh, Gelang Patah, just a few kilometres away from Taman Perling,’’ he said.

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