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Shopping List, A Golden Rule: Mavis

You may have heard her voice on the radio. For years, her voice is the choice of many on the airwaves. Her late father, also a well known radio personality,
12 Nov 2014 17:32
Shopping List, A Golden Rule: Mavis

You may have heard her voice on the radio.

For years, her voice is the choice of many on the airwaves.

Her late father, also a well known radio personality, was dubbed the golden voice of Fiji.

Finally, people get to put a face to this voice when Mavis Gaunavou-Koroiuli, the daughter of the late YG (Yaminiasi Gaunavou) became the host of Fiji and the Pacific’s first ever local morning show called, Breakfast at Fiji One.

A multi-media journalist with the Fiji Television, Mrs Koroiuli kindly accepted to feature in this week’s Sun Shopper.

Here, she shares her experience on how she juggles work, motherhood and finding time to do her family shopping.

This beautiful lady from Vanuavatu in the Lau Group is not a maths wizard, but she carries her calculator (form of mobile phone) with her during shopping errands in order to meet her budget.

Happily married to Sitiveni Koroiuli from Lasakau, Bau Island in Tailevu, the couple have four children – two girls and two boys (twins) and they live outside Nausori Town.

Mrs Koroiuli said because of her busy work schedule, the only meal she does prepare for her family is dinner. For this, when she goes out shopping for the family meals, Mrs Koroiuli always consider each family member’s choice.

Because she has the weekends off, Mrs Koroiuli makes the most of being a devoted mum and wife – preparing all three meals on time.

“My work requires me to leave home when everyone is still in bed at around 2.45am so I’m up by 2am and I’m back at home by 2 to 3pm, so the only meal I can get my hands on during the week days is to cook is dinner,” she said.

 

Family Budget

Mrs Koroiuli revealed that her shopping budget is set at $200 a month.

Some may find it very unrealistic with the cost of goods nowadays, but according to her, this can only be achieved if one prioritises the needs before the wants.

“My grocery shopping budget is set at $200 a month, breaking it down to $50 a week. At times, I may go over but that’s mainly the budget set for grocery shopping for a month,” she shared.

 

Marketing and Grocery Shopping

Mrs Koroiuli, who listed singing and travelling as her hobbies, usually visits the market every Saturday to replenish on vegetables, cassava and fruits.

And what would be the best time to visit the market? She said the good time for her is either very early in the morning at 6am or late in the afternoon around 6pm when things are usually cheap.

But for the vegetables and fruits, going at 6am works well because that is when they are the freshest with a wide range of choice, she added.

“When I grocery shop, I often write down a list and this helps a lot with the budgeting,” Mrs Koroiuli said.

“The shopping list is the golden rule, and it’s so very important to always think about what you NEED, against what you WANT when shopping at the supermarket or the market.”

“My suggestions would be to always carry a calculator with you, not everyone is a math wizard. I’m certainly not so, my mobile phone calculator is what I have in my hand when in them market or supermarket, as well as my shopping list.”

 

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