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Life is not the same as five years ago for former national volleyball representative, Mereoni Lewesi-Raivalita. Back then, she was at the peak of her sporting career, single and dependent
12 Dec 2014 17:58
Shop For priorities First

Life is not the same as five years ago for former national volleyball representative, Mereoni Lewesi-Raivalita.

Back then, she was at the peak of her sporting career, single and dependent on her parents.

However, things have changed for this Cakaudrove native when she got married recently and with a baby.

Apart from the change in lifestyle, her priorities have also changed.

She has become a dedicated wife, mother and she tries to balance her multiple roles.

Mrs Raivalita has settled in well on her duties and one such duty at home which she never did before is shopping.

Now she ensures that there is always food on the table, in the fridge and cupboard to last them until her next pay day.

 

SHOPPING, BUDGET AND ADVICE

According to her, she usually does her shopping fortnightly – either on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons at Shop n Save Supermarket in Nabua after work.

She lives with her family in Vatuwaqa, which explains why she shops at Nabua.

Mrs Raivalita said her choice of supermarket is because of the range of products, presentation and affordability.

And what makes her shopping enjoyable is being in the company of her husband.

“My first priority now is my daughter, diaper and milk formula. The rest goes out to the necessities of the family,” Mrs Raivalita said.

Marketing for her is usually done over the weekend because according to her, it is the best time for her because she gets to have her seafood fresh.

“I visit the market on Saturday mornings to get vegetables and root crops. This is also the time to get sea food.”

She always makes sure that she gets her stock of vegetables like carrots, cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, etc, along with dalo and cassava.

“I always buy my vegetables and crops from the market because it is cheaper and fresh and we have a lot of vendors to choose from.”

To her, a family budget is simply the wise planning and division of money for shopping.

Mrs Raivalita has encouraged all women out there to always have a budget before going out shopping.

“Working within one’s budget is also important and the only way to achieve this is to do away with the wants but focus on the needs of the family.”

“Once I’ve done all my bills, I usually put aside $150-200 for shopping.”

Mrs Raivalita said it is always important to keep a shopping list and a budget that will help you do your shopping wisely.

That applies both to grocery and marketing.

 

ON THE LIGHTER NOTE

Her high school years were spent at Adi Cakobau School where she excelled in netball. But it was on her getting into the University of the South Pacific that kicked off her volleyball sporting career.

She has been playing volleyball locally since 2003 and then she moved up to the national level in 2004.

By 2008, she was part of the non-travelling reserves for the national women’s volleyball team that went for the Oceania Games.

Like many Fijian athletes, Lewesi found her love for volleyball when she was at her village in Natewa, Cakaudrove.

She graduated with Bachelor of Arts – Majoring in Tourism Studies and Management.

She has a five month old daughter.

She represented Fiji in indoor and beach volleyball. She is now working as a Programme Officer at Fiji Media Watch.

Her mother is from Natogadravu in Tailevu.

Feedback: losalinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

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