The Cheapest Chinese New Year Essentials In Klang Valley
The Lunar New Year is baaaa-ck! Despite ushering in the Year of the Goat with a significant dip in petrol prices, people are still wary of their spendings due to the plunging value of Ringgit Malaysia (RM), which is at its five-year low.
Malaysians are trying to cut down on their expenses (expect much thinner ang pow!) this year. It’s possible if you know where to get the cheapest Chinese New Year (CNY) essentials. Here are our top picks in Klang Valley.
Most people shop for groceries at hypermarkets due to the long opening hours and often cheaper prices. This CNY, hypermarkets in town are going all out with their promotions.
Hypermarkets are seen as a shopping paradise every CNY, especially for people who love the convenience and value these places offer.
Due to the strong competition, every hypermarket tries to outdo one another by giving attractive prices for CNY goods. Spoilt for choice, where should you buy from?
Here we compare promotion prices of CNY goods from three major hypermarkets in Malaysia:
2. Morning market, farmers market and flea market
Chinese tradition places great importance on symbolic values — especially symbols of wealth and luck. Some of the common things that we need for CNY are decorative items like lanterns, chrysanthemum flowers and kumquat plants, and raw ingredients like Chinese leeks, mushrooms, Chinese sausages and arrowheads.
All these things can be found for cheap at morning markets, such as the one in SS2. The best thing about shopping in the markets is the ability to bargain for a great price.
Jalan SS2/60, SS2, Petaling Jaya, 47300
Daily, from 6am
The more red and gold you can shower on your home the better. It adds to the festive feeling of your home. Some of the usual decorative items people use to decorate their homes are pussywillows, bamboo dragon plant, and chrysanthemum plant.
Sometimes these items can be found at the least unexpected places. If you are working a 9-to-5 job, it can be quite impossible to buy all these things at the markets.
With Ikea providing all these things, you can get them after work, without spending a fortune:
4. Fun N Cheer Sdn. Bhd.
Located right opposite Kelana Jaya LRT station, Fun N Cheer is the go-to place for CNY decorations. Want to plaster your walls with Chinese well wishes? How about the red lanterns? Adorn your house with ornaments – the more the better.
This multi-purpose gift shop is a great place to shop for cheap CNY decorative items. You can find anything you need here, such as LED-lighted crystal lanterns to and pows this festive season. There are several branches of Fun N Cheer in Klang Valley, but the two most popular ones are in Kelana Jaya and Kepong.
47, Jalan SS 25/2,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
37636, Jalan 6/37A,
Taman Bukit Maluri,
11:00 am – 10:30 pm
(Everyday except Public Holidays)
These are the writer’s picks for the best places to buy your Chinese New Year essentials. Where else can you find such good deals that are convenient yet affordable?