Shop And Enjoy
At the age of 61, Mili Rasiga still loves shopping. In fact shopping is part of her weekly routine and it is something she always looks forward too.
“I love shopping and it goes back to my early 20s when I first started working and was looking after my family,” she said.
“Shopping is something you enjoy with whatever money you got. It could either be more or less but still you can enjoy spending it.”
Now a grandmother of three, Ms Rasiga said she is grateful that when it comes to shopping her children are also assisting her financially.
Residing in Wakanisila in Kalabu for the past 60 years of her life, she said visiting the market is what she enjoys the most when out shopping.
She makes sure to visit the market on a weekly basis although she does her grocery shopping fortnightly. And why does she visit the market weekly?
Simple, she said, providing her family with the freshest supply of vegetables is the reason.
“My family lives on a healthy diet. About 80 per cent of the food we eat in a week is made up of vegetables,” Ms Rasiga said.
“I make sure to go to the market every Saturday to load up with our vegetable supplies and root crops.”
She said the ideal time to visit the market for her is usually after lunch.
Although she lives closer to the Laqere market, Ms Rasiga however, chooses to visit the Suva Market.
“I usually go to the market after lunch at around 2pm because this is usually when the prices of the produce is a bit lower,” she said.
“Suva Market is always the place to be because you have a wide range of produce to choose from. You have the middle men and then you have the ones with good quantity from the farmers.”
When it comes to grocery shopping, Ms Rasiga goes to Rajendra
Foodtown Supermarket, which is closer to the market.
She said they have the best prices ever when it comes to grocery.
“The location makes it easier for you to carry your shopping over to the bus stand if you are not a high income earner like me. But for others, she said taxis are always available outside and you don’t have to worry about standing in a queue to get one.”
“Rajendra is the place to be. I always walk past a number of supermarkets in order to get there because I know it is always worth the money I spend there,” Ms Rasiga said.
“I think it is better for you to go and shop there to see for yourself the lower prices it offers on its products.”
Ms Rasiga said her first priority when it comes to shopping is her grandchildren’s school lunches and their toiletries.
Her advice to shoppers is to always draw up a shopping list before going out shopping and to check the prices of goods first and compare them with other supermarkets.
She added that in order to get everything you want, you must enjoy shopping and don’t rush..