The holy month of Ramadan is the most vital and most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. This is why it is refer as Ramadan Kareem. Muslims firmly believe that the Holy Gabriel descended from heaven during this month and sent a message to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims raise their level of spiritual and physical submission to God through fasting. This means that Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and intimacy between husband and wife from sunrise to sunset. In the Gregorian calendar, the date of Ramadan extends by about 11 days each year due to the different lengths of the Islamic and Gregorian years.
Ramadan 2021 started on April 13th in Saudi Arabia. Saudi citizens and expatriates buy plenty of supplies to prepare for Ramadan Iftar and Sehri. In the meanwhile, there is a race to decorate all kinds of food on the table. Fifteen days a month are not enough to meet the budget of most families.
In the cycle of wasteful spending and unnecessary purchases, the rest of the day’s essentials are also left out. Here in this article, we will show you how you can save money while shopping for essential food items.
How to buy Ramadan Kareem Essentials while you save money
According to a prominent newspaper, most people buy meat, drinks, and sweets in excess. They don’t care what their body needs or how much. What to eat and what not to eat for good health.
(1)- Set a budget for Ramadan needs. This budget should be prepared to keep in view the financial situation. One element of the budget should not be given undue priority over the other.
(2)- Set aside one shopping day per week. Make a weekly list of needs. Only then go shopping.
(3)- Don’t go to the shopping center during the day as your stomach will be empty at that time. It will persuade you to buy various food items unnecessarily.
(4)- Buy as much as the family needs. Don’t go for less than your full potential. Doing so will also waste your money and waste excessive amounts of goods.
(5)- During Ramadan, malls and food outlets are announcing various schemes. Please take advantage of them, but buy as little as you need, not too much.
(6)- When buying goods, compare the prices of different commercial establishments where the goods are cheap and standard.
How to take care of your health during Ramadan
(1)- Minimize the purchase of canned foods such as tomato paste, potatoes and samosas, and other similar items used for heating.
(2)- When choosing an edible oil, keep in mind that it is suitable for your health. Such as olive oil, canola, and sunflower oil.
(3)- Add fine foods such as lentils, fowl, and hummus to your diet.
(4)- Choose protein foods such as eggs, lean meats, fish, and skinless chicken breasts.
(5)- Choose oil-free dairy products – use fruits, fresh vegetables as much as possible.
(6)- Before buying food and drink, be sure to consider their nutritional value.
(7)- The Saudi FDA recommends that you should have checked your food expiry before purchasing a food item