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Father Of Six Sticks To Budget While Shopping

Father of six Temaiana Ieita, 39, sticks to his budget when it is his turn to do the shopping for his family. He is so good at it that his
29 Dec 2017 10:00
Father Of Six Sticks To Budget While Shopping
Temaiana Ieita (right) sticks to his budget while shopping. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Father of six Temaiana Ieita, 39, sticks to his budget when it is his turn to do the shopping for his family.
He is so good at it that his wife prefers he shops as he is able to save as much as $15 when he shops.
Originally from Uma on Rabi Island, Mr Ieita is a builder with Team Daniel Construction at Vatuwaqa. His wife is from Tabwewa.
Yesterday he was shopping at Shop and Save at Nabua with his shopping list on hand.
“I keep to the budget and only buy what my wife has listed for us for the week,” Mr Ieita said.
“Today I am shopping for our church function – I shop here because of their selection of items,” he said.
“My wife is our cell pastor; she knows I have the patience to shop for the best.
“Yesterday (Wednesday) I was here buying our chicken because the price was good.
Mr Ieita who resides in Vatuwaqa has six daughters which also include a set of twins. They go to the Church of Jesus Christ where he and his wife are also actively involved in church activities.
“We are doing a lovo tomorrow (Friday) at the St John Bosco School for our church function,” he said.
“Shop and Save have varieties like foil and it is cheap, including soy sauce and other items. Mr Ieita has been living in Suva since 1995 as a 17-year-old.”
“I left Rabi to come and look for employment in Suva. I am now married with six daughters who are in Years Two to 13,” he said.
His wife sets aside $60 for groceries every week.
“My wife does not work; the advantage of her being at home is she keeps an eye of how we utilize our groceries. That also includes homemade lunches for the girls and me.”
“We do not buy lunch, everything is prepared by my wife.”
Then there will always be a slice of Rabi in Mr Ieita’s life regardless. There is always fish on his weekly shopping list.
For fish it must be either skipjack or yellow fin tuna for the ika oraora dish (Rabi version of kokoda).
“I buy my tuna at the Bailey Bridge Fish Market – we love our raw fish.
“We prepare it the Rabi way – just fish, lemons and chillies and it goes with rice, tavioka. No coconut lolo, just lemons.
“We have this dish twice a week at the least.”

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