DON'T bust your budget this Diwali.
That is the message from the Consumer Council of Fiji as the country gears towards celebrating this festival of lights on Sunday.
Council CEO Premila Kumar said Diwali was that time of the year when festive fever took the entire family in its grips.
"The consumer watchdog of Fiji is calling on consumers to act wisely and avoid any overspending when doing Diwali shopping," Mrs Kumar said.
"Besides spreading joy and peace, this period also gives people a chance to renovate and refurbish their houses and also make purchases that give a consumer more value for their money."
Mrs Kumar said the joy of Diwali could still be kept alight, if families spend their hard-earned cash prudently.
"Like any other important occasion, Diwali is an expensive affair but proper planning would help the consumers.
"People should concentrate more on the true meaning of the festival; enjoy its values and virtues."
Mrs Kumar said based on observation and market surveillance in the past, the council noted that consumers became impulsive buyers during such festivals, spending more than planned.
"Families need to prepare an in-house budget and stick to it. Firecrackers, kitchenware, clothes and sweets are some items purchased most by consumers during this season. So, the council reiterates that shoppers should indulge in comparative shopping so they get a better deal and they are also able to save some money."