Save Money Shopping in Dubai: The Best Weeks to Buy Poultry, Meat, Seafood, Fruit & Veg!
Dubai: When studying prices over the past 16 months, Your Money has found that the cost of food has remained largely under control. When analyzing the cost of poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, here are some useful models that can help a buyer save money both in the short term and even more in the long term.
What days are ideal for grocery discounts?
During these months it has been observed that it pays to buy fresh chicken at the start of the week, especially most Mondays. On the flip side, the cost of seafood and vegetables was significantly cheaper mid-week, and profitable fruit could ideally be picked up towards the end of the week.
Should I be worried about food price inflation?
As corn, wheat, soybeans and vegetable oils – which form the backbone of much of the world’s diet – become considerably more expensive, red flags have sounded for global purchasing budgets .
With global food prices already at their highest since mid-2014, this latest jump is being watched closely as staple crops have a pervasive influence on grocery store shelves – from bread and pizza dough to meat and even with soda.
Soaring commodity prices are having a large impact on households and threatening a global economy that is trying to recover from the damage of the coronavirus pandemic. They help fuel food inflation, causing more suffering to families who are already struggling with financial pressures from loss of jobs or income.
Emerging markets, in some cases already under pressure from weaker currencies, are particularly vulnerable as food costs represent a larger share of their spending. For the poorest and often politically unstable countries, the influx of raw materials threatens to further fuel hunger in the world.
Will Food Prices in UAE Rise Due to Inflation?
As soaring crop prices affect countries around the world, the UAE is considering controlling the prices of some foods. The move by the United Arab Emirates, which imports 90% of its food and allows its economy ministry to control prices, comes as several other countries around the world are under inflationary pressure.
Although we are at the end of the summer season, no noticeable change in prices has been observed, due to inflation or otherwise. However, prices don’t differ much during most months of the year as the government controls costs and prevents any major price spikes.
Pick up seafood every Wednesday!
If you were wondering which part of the week would be ideal for shopping for seafood at a lower cost than normal, the answer is always midweek. A study of prices over the past 16 months has shown that the cost of fish and shrimp mostly drops on Wednesdays, while prices are higher at the start of the week.
The price of all seafood variations, whether sea bass, love, king mackerel, salmon, sea bream or small prawns, dropped mid-week, over the course of the week. of the past 64 weeks. So that would be good news for seafood lovers who were looking for profitable days to shop!
Moreover, when analyzing the prices of these species of fish, it was also observed that the days when the prices remained largely constantly high were at the beginning of the week, especially Monday and sometimes Sunday – so it would be prudent to avoid stocking up on seafood soon after the weekend, to take care of your pocket and finances.
Fruits become more profitable on weekends
If you were wondering which day of the week would be best to pick up fruit at a cheaper rate than usual, looking at prices over the past 16 months has also shown that the cost of all fruit has become less. pricey towards the end of the week, making the weekend a great time for fruit shopping!
A weekly trend was also seen in which the price of bananas started to drop around the middle of the week and cheapest during the weekend, just like oranges. The cost per kilogram of lemons has remained largely under control in recent months.
This would be considered good news for those looking for profitable days to buy citrus fruits! A similar trend emerged when analyzing the cost of apples and lime, which declined slightly towards the end of the week and became comparatively more expensive at the start of the week, particularly on Sundays and Mondays.
For fruits that fluctuated, namely bananas, oranges and apples, prices increased early in the week on Sunday, and they became cheaper towards the end of the week. Once again, proof that the weekend is the perfect time to buy fruit!
Most vegetables are inexpensive midweek!
When it comes to vegetables, prices for items like tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and lettuce have mostly fallen mid-week over the past 64 weeks, just over 16 months.
The cost of onions, another household staple, which has remained largely the same over the past few months at around Dh 2.6 per kilogram, saw prices rise momentarily before leveling off, which would be perceived good news for people looking to plan their groceries. fees to come.
Cost of fresh chicken drops most Mondays
When analyzing the cost of poultry, beef and lamb over the past 64 weeks, it has been observed that it pays to buy fresh chicken largely at the start of the week, while that the cost of other poultry items like chicken and frozen eggs has stayed the same over the past 16 months.
The price of fresh chicken was found to continue to drop at the start of the week, mainly every Monday, making it a great time to buy and stock up. However, there were a few instances where prices also fell just before the weekend.
So, be careful while shopping this weekend, keeping in mind that a kilogram of meat is currently at a fairly expensive price point of 13.5 Dh..
In contrast, the price of beef and lamb, be it variants from Australia, India, Pakistan or the United Arab Emirates, has remained the same, as was the trend, and has not experienced any price fluctuation in the past 16 months.
Latest prices per kilo of each variant of fish available on the market:
On October 12, among the fish variants, the seabass costs 39.9 Dh per kilogram and the Hamour was priced at 42.9 Dh. On the other hand, Kingfish was priced at Dh29.9 and the salmon at Dh32.5. A kilo of sea bream costs 36.9 Dh, while small prawns were currently cheap at 29 Dh.
Latest prices per kilo of all beef and lamb variants available on the market:
The price of beef and lamb, both variants from Australia, India and Pakistan, was set as follows on Tuesday.
Among the different varieties of beef, the Australian variant cost 29 Dh per kilogram, the Indian type was priced at 28.3 Dh and the locally produced one was 49 Dh. In contrast, when it comes to lamb, the Australian variant now costs 42.9 Dh, the Indian breed was priced at 35 Dh, the Pakistani variety costs 37.7 Dh, while a kilogram of the regional variety cost 45.2 Dh.
Latest prices per kilo of all varieties of fruits and vegetables available on the market:
Regarding fruit, the starting price per kilo of bananas is currently 4.7 Dh, oranges 3.5 Dh and apples 3.5 Dh. On the other hand, the prices relating to vegetables include – potatoes at Dh2 and lettuce at Dh3.5. In addition, the price of a kilogram of lemon is 5 Dh, while a lime costs 5.5 Dh.