KUCHING: Due to the inevitable rising costs of living, many people here are not only tightening their wallet but have also come up with different ways to save money, especially in view of the coming Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya festivities.
Housewife Selia Jugas, 53, from Kanowit, said living in a longhouse since young had taught her how to be thrifty.
She said she must manage her spending well since she had to travel to town by boat.
“Normally, I plan my household budget by allocating RM400 to buy canned and preserved food like salted fish, which will last for one month, and another RM150 for a week’s supply of fresh meat,” she told Bernama.
The mother of five also saved money by growing her own vegetables in her backyard, which she said provided her family with fresh produce free from pesticides.
Syariah law student Jah Adibah Jamain, 24, said her golden rule was to avoid spending beyond her means.
She would be meticulous by comparing prices since there were countless promotions and discounts in most stores during Ramadan.
The International Islamic University College Selangor student said she also spent less on food by sharing meals for the breaking-of-fast with her university mates.
Entrepreneur Isabella Abdul Razak, 27, who runs a bakery from home, said she separated her daily business expenditure and household spending.
The mother of two would evaluate her business and personal cash flow every day.
Another housewife, Lina Eyak, 40, from Sibu, said that with her two children studying in university, she began to control her shopping habits and made a list of things to buy to monitor her budget.
“My husband and I set aside funds for our children’s education and do several jobs like selling sea products at Sibu central market to cover some expenses,” she said. — Bernama