Hari Raya is just round the corner, less than a week to go! And with the country still under conditional Movement Control Order, going out may be somewhat inconvenient. So don’t panic if you haven’t completed your Raya shopping, here are some tips that may help you deal with last-minute Raya shopping.
Make a list
Take a deep breath, and make a list of the items that you need. Whether it’s ingredients for your popular Ayam Masak Merah, cleaning supplies and equipments, Raya decorations, baju Raya and others, try to jot it down as organised as you can. If possible, list down the locations to get these items so you can schedule your travel beforehand.
Prioritise the essentials
If you are really short on time, prioritise on getting the most essential items first, for example food items and necessary groceries. Tackle the less essentials such as decorations only if you have extra time to spare.
Look out for deals or discounts
As the festive season approaches, many retailers will definitely offer deals or discounts on Raya-related items. Raya clothes, kuih raya, new kitchen appliances, you name it. Peruse these deals as you see fit, as with smart spending, you may be able to save even as you purchase.
While you may be convinced that a new set of sofa going on sale at 50% discount is super worth it, make decision on rational grounds, and rethink if you really need a new sofa at home. Weigh your options and spend wisely, instead of compulsively. For some, coming up with a Raya budget may be a smart way to curb unnecessary spending during the festive season.
Undoubtedly, the most anticipated element of every Ramadan and Hari Raya is the food. If you’re not able to dine in at your favourite restaurant for jamuan Raya, you may consider ordering delivery or take-away. Remember to plan ahead, and check for the businesses that cater to delivery or take-away during Raya period, and if you would need to pre-order earlier to avoid disappointment.
With the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, Raya this year will definitely be a little different. Yet, we should always look on the bright side and make the most out of this situation. Learn to adapt and explore new ways to celebrate a unique Raya, who knows, this might even be the most memorable one! Wishing all a Selamat Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri!
Disclaimer: This article is intended to convey general information only, and does not constitute professional advice for your specific needs. This article cannot disclose all of the risks or factors necessary to evaluate a particular situation. You should seek and obtain relevant professional advice for your specific needs and situation.