Whether you are celebrating Eid with your family and friends or you are taking a holiday out of the country, the next week will be pretty busy for most of us as we either prepare for the holy occasion or get ready for our trip.  Either way – early preparation is key.

How to avoid breaking the bank this Eid

So, how do we go through the next week without breaking the bank?

Get shopping for Eid gifts early

We all love gifts and Eid is a time of giving and celebration.  Quite often however, many of us wait for last minute to do our Eid shopping and this leaves us with little time to look and consider all the options we have.  Where we could have got some great deals, we are tied to the fact that we do not have enough time.  So rule number 1 – start your shopping early to enjoy the Ramadan offers.

Emirates NBD credit card gives you 10 percent discount on the purchase of chocolates and dates at Bateel. Al Rajhi Credit card and Bank Al Jazira offers discounts of up to 50 percent on selected outlets for your gift shopping.

There is nothing better than great home cooked meal for Eid

This is the time when the whole family and close friends get together to celebrate this holy occasion and we do not shy away from food.   Catering out can be costly especially if you wait till the end of Ramadan to decide on your caterer.  Why not try some new recipes or some of the old traditional recipes and make the occasion even more special? By cooking at home, you can save up to 50 percent of cost of catering out for the same number of people.

Buying new clothes or jewelery for Eid?

This is the time where both you and your kids expect new clothes so make sure you hit the shops on the first day of sale. All shops usually go on sale during Ramadan so make sure you but you ask when the sale starts and be there on time to pick what you liked before it runs out.

If you are a customer of SABB, their credit cards are offering up to 37 percent discount on jewelry outlets.

Planning a holiday?

Whether you plan to go back home or going on a vacation trip, make sure you plan the holidays early – Eid is currently right in the middle of school holidays which means flights can be doubly busier.   Try and organize the flights early and it is not a bad idea to check what Emirates or Etihad has on offer for the Eid weekend.

To view all the offers that the banks are giving on their credit cards, you can visit the Souqalmal.com offers page and look up any offer you can make use of.

Most important of all, enjoy the time off, make the use of family time to reconnect after a long six months of hard work!