Fiji Time: 4:29 PM on Monday 5 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Focus on budget

Dawn Gibson
Monday, January 13, 2014

AS you have most probably heard by now, education this year will be free of charge, at least for primary and secondary school students, so this automatically marks 2014 as a very different year.

With the removal of school fee charges for all schools around the country, parents and guardians now have the luxury of focusing their spending efforts on stationery, bags and maybe even a new pair of sandals.

While you will have one less thing to pay for, you should still consider approaching shopping this year the same way you would any other year — with frugality and sharpness.

And Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar says budgeting is an important part of the process.

"What most parents would be spending on are uniforms, bags, school shoes, stationery and exercise books, but this does not mean that parents should switch to a loose shopping mode," Mrs Kumar said.

"Parents should remain prudent in their spending, for instance, before purchasing new items, run a check with the items bought in the current school year and what all can be reused or repaired in the new year."

She said preparing a school list of all the needs of the child was a good place to start as it allowed for an organised approach to shopping.

"Avoid purchasing stylish or trendy school supplies which serve the same purpose as the simple and cheaper items. Always go for good and affordable quality that lasts long.

"Supplies should consist of necessary and useful items rather than fancy and fun items."

She said the purchasing of uniforms, if necessary, should be done in a comparative way which did not force the parent to buy from the most expensive stores.

"Only buy school uniforms or exercise books from school recommended stores if the prices of the items in these stores are lower than any other store.

"Avoid purchasing all items under one roof."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64410.6251
JPY 55.581352.5813
GBP 0.37970.3717
EUR 0.45440.4424
NZD 0.68650.6535
AUD 0.65390.6289
USD 0.48650.4695

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th December, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Salary review plan for teachers, says Reddy
  2. Best friends drown
  3. A-G clears the air
  4. Tough start
  5. Man lives in fear
  6. Seasonal workers still on the run in Australia
  7. Police yet to charge alleged drug suspect
  8. Dunn is new ambassador
  9. $20m for second phase
  10. Villagers raise $39k

Top Stories this Week

  1. Superstition or fact Sunday (04 Dec)
  2. Shes Dunn it again! Friday (02 Dec)
  3. Call to be prepared for cyclone season Friday (02 Dec)
  4. Report on Rosi Thursday (01 Dec)
  5. Black magic claim Saturday (03 Dec)
  6. Man gets 13 years for raping child Tuesday (29 Nov)
  7. Teachers raise concerns Thursday (01 Dec)
  8. Rotuma Bill opposed Thursday (01 Dec)
  9. Ryan: I do miss Fiji Tuesday (29 Nov)
  10. Website probe Wednesday (30 Nov)