The price of goods and services seems to be increasing year by
year. Nevertheless, there is much that we consumers can do to fight this
seemingly unending inflation. How do we go about it ?
First and foremost, we can start at our very home. Eat more often at home and
cut down on eating out. After all, own cooked food is tastier, cleaner, and
healthier with less oil and additives. If hawkers have fewer customers, they are
sure to think twice when they want to increase the price of food. They may even
reduce the price to attract customers.
Next, encourage school-going children to bring home-cooked food to school. In
doing so, children will avoid eating junk food or unwholesome food sold in
school canteens. It is good for their health. Working adults can also bring own
food to work although this may not be a popular practice.
Now let's tackle your shopping spree. Buy in bulk at a lower price. If possible,
share with the others when buying in bulk. It would be a good idea to set up
cooperatives to cater to consumers' needs. Members have a lot to gain in terms
of cheaper and quality goods and services.
Of course, consumers should avoid compulsive spending, especially when the
hypermarkets offer cheap sales and contests. Before you go shopping, it would be
advisable to prepare a shopping list so that you will not buy unnecessary items.
In fact we should spend less in times of inflation.
It would be a good idea to grow own vegetables at our backyard. After all, it is
a good pastime and you will enjoy the very vegetables that you grow, knowing
that they are fresh and free of pesticide or herbicide. Plants like chillies,
brinjals, okra Mid others are easy to grow.
When coming to fruits, preference should be given to our local fruits. Perhaps
you can even grow your own fruit trees, like guava, papaya. and mango. Eating
more local fruits instead of imported ones will help in foreign exchange.
Last but not least, we should not waste. This is especially ii) when we organise
parties or even wedding dinners. We often loud that there is plenty of food left
and all this will go to waste. I lit% c, ills for a better planning and
If we are serious in fighting inflation, and meticulously carry out some of the
ways suggested above, we will certainly
help stabilise the price of goods and services.