Ramadan is the month of blessings. In this month, we make special arrangements on many levels among which is the economic level.
Here we provide every house wife with practical tips that would help her control her budget and reduce spending during the holy month of Ramadan.
1. Rationalize your shopping lest
Buy only what you need for the holy month. And bear in mind that we always tend to buy more than our actual needs.
2. Set a budget, exclude extras and make shopping gradually
Prepare your shopping list according to the budget you have set for Ramadan. Stick to your list and don’t add any extra items. Do your shopping gradually, for instance; products that can be stored for a long time can be bought first, such as spices, dried fruits, etc. As for products that perish more quickly, you will need to buy these on a weekly basis as there is no point in buying them in large quantities.
3. Don’t get tempted by discount
Generally, supermarkets are competing to give the best special deals so that we are tempted to buy more, but it is better to buy only what we need. Avoid bringing home large quantities that you may not use in the end.
4. What is in the stock?
It is not only a question of shopping in advance, so that when we come to prepare our Ramadan meals none of the ingredients are missing, but we also have to store things carefully at home, keeping an eye on the “use by” dates in order to ensure that the food we have bought is still in good condition when we come to eat it.
5. Don’t add, just replace
Replace your regular grocery items with Ramadan-related items. It is common for many people to use certain kinds of food in Ramadan that are not usually used throughout the rest of the year. So, everyone will relate to this according to their culture and traditions.
6. Home-made items
Don’t go for street food or restaurants as this will badly affect your budget. Home-made meals are way better in terms of health issues and money saving.
7. Richness in food
Instead of quantity, you need to focus on quality while maintaining your Ramadan budget. You need to check richness of the food to consume less quantity with more calories. This way, you won’t feel undue burden on your belly and would remain active after eating iftar meal.
8. Never forget the needy
Regardless of your income level, you should manage your Ramadan budget in a way that you can dole out as much as you can afford to needy people. Remember your poor relatives first and invite them for iftar at least once. Don’t forget that Ramadan is high time for giving and charity.