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Canteen Owner Does Not Take Shopping List Lightly

Canteen Owner Does Not Take Shopping List Lightly
Seruwaia Tinai at Tara’s Supermarket in Nausori on June 4, 2018. Photos: Taraivini Seru
June 08
11:00 2018

The importance of a shopping list can­not be underestimated by customers because it brings the venture into a con­trolled exercise.

Fiji Sun’s shopper of the week, 44-year-old Seruwaia Tinai found shopping at Tara’s Supermarket in Nausori on Monday talked about how vital a list was.

The Cautata Village native of Tailevu was shopping for supplies for her village canteen which she opened five years ago through a grant from the Fiji Development Bank.

The quietly spoken mother of three, Mrs Tinai stocks up for her canteen on a weekly basis.

She said the traditional shopping list pro­vided many benefits.

“We buy in bulk and it lasts us for a week, we estimate the cost of the groceries we buy and note it on our shopping list when we come down to buy. Our budget to spend for new stock is $350,” she said.

“Chances of forgetting a few essentials are high when you strike the market for bulk pur­chases without having a shopping list on hand.

“A traditional shopping list provides the vari­ety of benefits to a user and also makes you an organised shopper who is aware of what to buy or what not.

“It is also a disciplined focus for the buyer who is in the market to purchase household purchases or otherwise.”

She said the grocery list provided a disci­plined approach to the shopping spree.

“It is an awful situation when you came back home without some essentials in your bag and it also hurts you and other people in your house like a cook who was waiting for you to start the cooking properly with essential in­gredients,” she said.

“When someone leaves the house for shop­ping with a detailed shopping list, chances of wasted time is diminished. It keeps the consumer focused on purchasing the required items and cuts out the unnecessary items from the market.

“A shopping list lets you purchase all the es­sentials in a single visit to the supermarket without wasting your precious time.”

She said a shopping list helps in budgeting and was beneficial for her business in the long run.

“When it comes to planning your business and household shopping, having a shopping list creates a favourable plan in purchasing the necessary items,” she said.

“You have a shopping list in your hand and it shows that what you need to purchase and what not.

“An organised shopper always purchase things listed on the shopping list because he or she knows that there is no need to buy anything that consumes money that could be utilised elsewhere.”

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