Grocery Experiment 7: How Many Fresh Fruits Can You Buy with RM50?

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Grocery Experiment 7: How Many Fresh Fruits Can You Buy with RM50?

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With a total of 5,443 consumer items being exempted from the new sales tax, according to The Star, grocery shopping is now less of a financial burden.

Fresh foods, including fruits, are still exempted from the tax, while the processed ones, like fruit juices or canned fruits, come with a tax of 5% or 10%.

If you’d like to see a complete list of SST-taxed and tax-free consumer products and services, visit the Custom’s Department’s Sales and Services Tax page.

Previously, we’ve done several grocery experiments for different categories like fresh vegetables, seafood, bakery ingredients, frozen items, etc. This time, let’s see how many fresh fruits can we get with a RM50 budget.

My shopping mission

Grocery Experiment 7: How Many Fresh Fruits Can You Buy with RM50?

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Besides being curious about how many fresh fruits a RM50 can get me, I wanted to make some fruit-based desserts. I also wanted to start eating healthily and incorporate more fruits in my daily meal and was looking to buy fruits that I actually like to eat.

Is it possible to get everything I want with RM50? Let’s see.

This is my shopping list:

My Shopping List
Banana
Watermelon
Sweet potatoes
Yam
Apples
Grapes
Papaya
Strawberry
Blueberries
Mango
Kiwi
Longan


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List of fresh fruits purchased with RM50

Grocery Experiment 7: How Many Fresh Fruits Can You Buy with RM50?

Screenshot of my online purchases

With RM50, I was able to get 8 items in the ‘fresh fruits’ category and had to give up four items to stick to my budget. These are the list of items purchased at Tesco Online:

Items Quantity Price
Cavendish Banana 2.42kg RM8.93
Watermelon 1kg RM1.59
Sweet Potato 1kg RM6.53
Yam Bean 1.33kg RM4.64
Tesco Eat Fresh Seedless Green Grapes 450g RM13.99
Tesco Eat Fresh Strawberry Cameron 200g RM6.99
Papaya 1kg RM4.99
Mango 1 RM1.75
Subtotal RM49.41
Service Charge RM5.00
TOTAL RM54.41

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What I made with the fresh fruits bought

Grocery Experiment 7: How Many Fresh Fruits Can You Buy with RM50?

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These are some of the fruit-based desserts that I made:

  • Banana fritters
  • Bubur cha cha
  • Banana pancake
  • Strawberry cake

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The average shelf life of fruits and how to store them right

Fresh fruits are perishable items; some could only last a few days, some may last for about a week or two, while a few could last up to 2-6 months. Storing them the right way might help extend their shelf life for a few more days, which allows you to save money.

The following table shows the average shelf life of some common fruits and storage tips:

Fruits Average Shelf Life Storage Tips
Bananas 5 days Keep at room temperature.
Lemons 2-4 weeks (on the counter)
1-2 months (in the fridge)
Keep fresh lemons at room temp (on the counter) or in the fridge.
Limes 3-5 days (cut)
1-2 weeks (whole)
Wrap them tightly in a plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Oranges 1 week (whole, on the counter)
3-4 weeks (sliced, in the fridge)
Keep sliced oranges tightly in plastic wrap or aluminium foil, or place in a covered container or resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.
Sweet potatoes 3-5 weeks (on the counter)
2-3 months (in the fridge)
Keep the sliced ones in a covered container or resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.
Watermelon 7-10 days (uncut, on the counter)
2-3 weeks (cut, in the fridge)
Keep the cut ones in a covered container or resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.
Mangoes 5 days (whole, on the counter)
1 week (peeled, in the fridge)
6 months (peeled, in the freezer)
You can keep peeled or cubed mangoes in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days, and up to 6 months in the freezer.
Melon 2-4 days (whole, on the counter)
1 week (cut, in the fridge)
Keep the cut ones in a covered container or resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.
Papayas 2-3 days (whole, on the counter)
1 week (cut, in the fridge)
Keep the cut ones in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
Pears 2-3 days (whole, on the counter)
1 week (cut, in the fridge)
Keep the cut ones in a covered container or resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.
Pineapple 1-2 days (whole, on the counter)
3-5 days (sliced, in the fridge)
Store sliced pineapples in an airtight container in the fridge.
Apples 1-2 weeks (on the counter)
6-8 weeks (in the fridge)
Keep uncut apples in a plastic bag with holes in it. Keep cut apples in a covered container or resealable plastic bag and refrigerate.
Blueberries 1-2 weeks in the fridge Keep blueberries in a container or plastic bag in the fridge.
Grapes 2 weeks in the fridge Refrigerate grapes in a perforated plastic bag.
Strawberries 5-7 days (whole, in the fridge)
1-3 days (cut, in the fridge)
Keep strawberries in the coldest part of the fridge, inside a covered container or plastic bag.

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Shop for groceries and save more with the right credit card

Grocery Experiment 7: How Many Fresh Fruits Can You Buy with RM50?

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