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Couples Urged To Draw Their Shopping List Together

Couples Urged To Draw Their Shopping List Together
Xu Qinduo, a political analyst and senior fellow at the Pangoal Institution
August 22
12:53 2014

Tomi Finau believes couples should always sit together to discuss about their shopping list. He said this is important because the family’s well-being is at stake. The Yatu Lau Company Limited’s corporate relationship services manager said, by planning their shopping together they are able to address important issues like health, areas they need to focus on and always how to reduce their spending in buying unnecessary items.

When preparing your shopping list, what are three (3) things you always look out for? Please explain why?

My wife and I discuss our shopping list once a month. We always plan out our daily menu first before writing down our shopping list. This way, we know what exactly to buy and in what quantity. We always look for quality like:

• Freshness of vegetables (native local vegetables are best),

• Brand of food items

• But importantly preference for Fiji made products.

What are three (3) MUST items in your shopping list?

Fish, ota and fruits like bananas, pineapple and watermelon. My two sons love their fruits.

Some people are willing to spend more when it comes to buying healthy foods. What’s your view on that?

We totally agree. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle bears a lot of cost if one shopping weekly. Spending a little more on healthy foods each time is better than getting sick from eating low quality food. Different people react differently to food. Maintaining a regular standard of eating habit is important.

Shopping tips?

• Always look for quality when shopping in supermarkets.

• Buy direct from farmers if you can. I buy fresh agro-produce (fish, dalo, coconut, chillies, rourou (taro leaves) and so on) direct from my village, my mother’s village or my wife’s village whenever possible.

When it comes to choosing which supermarket to go too? How do you make your choice?

We have shopped from every supermarket and know our preference for any item we need to buy at home. We regularly shop around supermarkets at Valelevu.

Your thoughts on backyard gardening?

My dogs keep digging up the vegetable garden. Backyard gardening helps one exercise and eat healthy fresh (guaranteed chemical free) vegetables. Have to re-start another garden.

When it comes to health: How does it influence your shopping?

Money is never an issue when it comes to health. Starting right with what you select to buy is an important step.

Do you cook at home?

Always! Boil food and raw vegetable (cucumber, capsicum, lettuce, tomato) salad in every meal is important.

Mind sharing with us your favourite dish?

Boiled coral trout fish with ginger + dhania and with dalo and miti and ota. Nothing beats having a Sunday lunch with the family with fish, dalo and coconut from my (Malaka) village in Vanua Balavu.

10.   Any other words of wisdom?

• Look after your health….my mother’s advice.

• Live long enough to experience your children attend high school, graduate from University, get married and have grand children. First step is your shopping.

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