Dubai: When studying prices over the last three years, Your Money has found that the cost of food items stayed largely in check. When analysing the cost of poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, here are a few useful patterns that can assist a shopper in saving money in both the short run and even more so in the longer term.
Which days are ideal for grocery discounts?
During the course of these months, it was observed to be cost effective to buy fresh chicken during the start of the week, especially most Mondays. On the other hand the cost of seafood and vegetables were seen to be largely cheaper halfway through the week, and cost effective fruits could be ideally picked up towards the end of the week.
Pick up seafood every Wednesday!
If you were wondering about which part of the week would be ideal to pick up seafood at a lesser-than-usual cost, the answer is still mid-week. A study of prices over the last 36 months proved that the cost of fish and shrimp dropped mostly on Wednesdays, while prices were seen higher during the start of the week.
The price of all seafood variants, be it Seabass, Hamour, Kingfish, Salmon, Sea Bream or small-sized shrimp, was seen dropping halfway through the week, over the past 144 weeks. So, that would be good news for those seafood-lovers who were looking for cost-effective days to shop!
Moreover, when analysing prices of these fish species, it was also observed that the days prices largely stayed consistantly high was at the start of the week, particularly Monday and sometimes on Sunday - so it would be safe to avoid stocking up on seafood soon after the weekend, to take it easy on your pocket and your finances.
Fruits get more cost-effective on weekends
If you were wondering which day of the week would be best to pick up fruits at a cheaper-than-usual rate, the study of prices over the last 36 months also showed that the cost of all fruits got cheaper towards the end of the week, making the weekend an ideal time to go shopping for fruits!
A weekly trend was also observed wherein the price of bananas started getting cheaper around mid-week and the cheapest during the weekend, so did oranges. The per-kilogram cost of lemons stayed largely in check the past few months.
This would be considered good news for those who are looking for cost-effective days to shop for citric fruits! A similar pattern arose when analysing the cost of apples and lime, which fell slightly towards the end of the week and got comparatively pricier at the start of the week, particularly on Sunday and Monday.
For those fruits that fluctuated, namely bananas, oranges and apples, prices were seen higher at the start of the week on Sunday, and it got cheaper towards the end of the week. Again, proving that the weekend is a great time to shop for fruits!
Most veggies get cheap mid-week!
When it comes to vegetables, prices of items like tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce were mostly seen dropping mid-week in the last 144 weeks, or 36 months.
The cost of onions, another common household staple, which largely stayed the same all through the past months, saw prices low at Dh1 per kilogram. For people looking to plan their grocery costs ahead, it would be cost-effective to make use of these prices.
Cost of fresh chicken drops most Mondays
When analysing the cost of poultry, beef, and lamb over the past 144 weeks, it was observed to be cost-effective to buy fresh chicken largely during the start of the week, whereas the cost of other poultry items like frozen chicken and eggs stayed the same in the past 36 months.
The price of fresh chicken was seen to continue to dip at the start of the week, mostly every Monday - making it an ideal time to buy and stock up on it. However, there were a few instances wherein prices dropped just ahead of the weekend as well.
So, be on a lookout when you go shopping this weekend, keeping in mind that a kilogram of the meat is currently at a price level of Dh14.60.
On the other hand, the price of beef and lamb, be it variants from Australia, India, Pakistan or the UAE, have stayed the same, as it has been the trend, and did not witness any fluctuation in prices, over the course of the past 36 months.
Latest per-kilogram prices of every fish variant available in the market:
As of October, among fish variants, Seabass costs Dh41.8 per kilogram and Hamour was priced at Dh49.90. On the other hand, Kingfish was priced at Dh36.90, and Salmon was priced at Dh46.90. A kilo of SeaBream costs Dh28.40, while small-sized shrimp was currently cheaply priced at Dh20.0.
Latest per-kilogram prices of every variant of beef and lamb available in the market:
The price of beef and lamb, be it variants from Australia, India, Pakistan were priced as follows, as of October.
Among different varieties of beef, the variant from Australia cost Dh39.50 per kilogram, the type from India was priced at Dh28.30 and the kind that was locally produced was Dh53.0. On the other hand, when it came to lamb, the Australian variant now costs Dh39, the breed from India was priced at Dh36.70, the Pakistani variety costs Dh37.70, while a kilogram of the regional variety was Dh45.20.
Latest per-kilogram prices of every variant of fruits and vegetables available in the market:
When it comes to fruits the per kilo starting price of bananas is currently priced at Dh2.90 oranges are Dh4.50 and apples cost Dh2.90. On the other hand, prices pertaining to vegetables include - potatoes costing Dh1 and lettuce at Dh5. Also, the price of a kilogram of lemon is Dh6, while lime costs Dh3.50 - a citrus fruit that has become comparatively cheaper given that it is a favourite among residents.