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Discounter’s ‘Day of Service to Society’

Every year, as the month of Ramadan draws to a close, we look back and reflect on the spirit of the holy month and all that it embodies. And one of the primary values that we try and live by is giving back to society and indulging in charitable causes.

And in the spirit of Ramadan, Discounter announced earlier in the month that for every redemption on our app, we are donating AED 1 towards a charitable cause. And we owe you a BIG thank you for your overwhelming response.

So, here’s what we did with your donations along with our own contributions.

Our ‘100 meal’ charity programme was aimed at the blue-collar community in the UAE and saw our team members joining hands and putting together over 100 Iftar meal boxes packed with dates, dry fruits, juice, croissants, and chocolates. This was distributed to workers and laborers across the Al Qouz area.

And the response was heartwarming. There is no greater reward to one’s good deeds than smiles of joy and satisfaction! We are grateful to be in a position to be able to take up initiatives of this kind and will continue to create a change with every action.

The initiative reflects the incredible volunteering spirit of Discounter employees who want to give back to the society we reside in and operate from. This also ultimately encourages them to create a positive impact on the community in their own personal capacity.

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The Ultimate Ramadan 2022 Guide to Dubai

Don’t fret that you don’t have much to do now that temperatures are rising and the greatest show of all time – Expo 2020 has drawn to a close. This magical city keeps on giving! 

The glamorous side of Dubai is the one we usually see but the city truly transforms into the mecca of culture during the holy month of Ramadan and we urge all our readers to check out all of these places and indulge in the rich culture, history, and tradition that UAE offers! 

1. Revel in the beauty of the Grand Mosque 

It features 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold plated chandeliers, and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. The main prayer hall also boasts one of the world’s largest chandeliers. 

So this is one you certainly don’t want to miss when exploring Dubai’s cultural assets. 

So this is one you certainly don’t want to miss when exploring Dubai’s cultural assets. 

2. Explore the Old Markets of Dubai

‘Souk’ or ‘Souq’ is an Arabic word that literally translates to ‘market’ in English.  They are traditionally open-air outdoor markets with a maze of alleys, enticing you with fragrant spices, exotic teas, shiny luxurious silks, and the finest carpets. 

The first souks of Dubai are as old as the 1850’s thanks to the port city’s accessibility. Goods arrived via the trade routes from Africa, South East Asia, and beyond, hence the markets of Dubai have always been a grand display of cultures and traditions from all over the world. 

Some of the popular markets you should visit are – Deira Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and Souk Madinat. But the one we highly recommend you don’t miss is the Ramadan Night Market at Za’abeel Hall World Trade Centre Dubai. The market has over 400 outlets for shopping. They also have a host of interactive workshops, special areas designated for kids, henna counters, and more!

3. Celebrate Ramadan with scrumptious Iftar meals

Iftar is the traditional meal that is eaten when Muslims breakfast as the sunsets. And you too can relish these meals while in Dubai! There is a slew of restaurants around the city offering delicious spreads of lavish 3-course meals, frequented and loved by locals and tourists alike and we highly recommend you to indulge in the same! 

But, if you would really like to taste the authentic Middle-Eastern Iftar, check out the tent style camps set up in the middle of the desert. It is truly surreal to enjoy and partake in an Iftar meal amongst the sand dunes with the local Emiratis just like their forefathers did! 

There is also a great pick of restaurants on the Discounter app where you can save up to 50% off on dine-in for all your friends and family! Here are a couple of our favourites: Broccoli Pizza, Shawarma Hut, Shah Ghouse Restaurant, The Hub 7 and so many more. Download The Discounter app, check them out and save $$$ with our special code! 

4. Shop till you drop with a lesser crowd

Ramadan also translates to a quieter time during the day. This means you have all day to shop in malls without the hassle of jostling your way through throngs of people. Our favourite haunts are Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, and Deira City Centre. And if you want to experience the lively side, then just wait until the clock turns 9 and watch the mall come alive. You will experience a full mall at 2 am!

Also, head on to City Walk and take a stroll around the high-end boutiques – the gorgeous designer stores dotting this beautiful shopping destination. And if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and architecture, don’t miss walking around the Al Fahidi area and then taking an abra ride to get across the canal during sunset. 

5. Marvel at Franco Dragone’s Masterpiece

The impressive La Perle is an aqua theatre located in the heart of Dubai and is a celebration of the city. It tells the story of its origins and journey through a spectacular show of dance, music, and jaw-dropping acrobatics. La Perle is the brainchild of the legendary Art Director Franco Dragone, renowned for his past roles as creative director for Cirque du Soleil and A New Day in Las Vegas with Celine Dion.

The atmosphere that engulfs the audience at La Perle Dubai is one of intense drama and action and is likely to transport you away from the dunes of Dubai into a world of magic and wonder. So be sure to take your family out to see this, because this show is bound to captivate children and adults alike! 

Most of all, Ramadan is about giving and you too can partake in this generous gesture. There are multiple organizations donating to charitable causes across the UAE and we are proud to say Discounter is also one among them. For every redemption on our app, we donate AED 1 towards multiple charitable causes. So go on now, download the app and redeem any one of our 1000s of offers for FREE! 

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5 Places You Must Visit in Dubai This Summer

Can you feel the temperature rise, one degree at a time, every day? Yes, that’s the summer calling! It’s almost upon us and with the COVID restrictions officially being lifted off, all public places have returned to normal capacity. So, are you ready to celebrate the shift from ‘pandemic to endemic’ this summer? We sure are.

So here are the top 5 places to visit in Dubai this Summer 2022!

1. Museum of the Future:


This is Dubai’s newest attraction and is already being touted as the ‘World’s most beautiful building’! The oval-shaped building features an incredible silver exterior facade with quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reflecting his vision for the city’s future. And the Arabic calligraphy has been designed by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej.

Inside the mammoth structure, you will forget reality and feel like you have stepped into a sci-fi movie. There is even a NASA-approved space station where you can step inside and go on a simulated journey into space from earth! Are you ready to step into the future?


2. Wild Wadi Waterpark:

Escape the heat with one of the most visited waterparks in the world! The Wild Wadi waterpark is located in front of the picturesque Burj Al Arab and offers plenty of adventure for thrill-seekers. It houses one of the tallest and fastest free-fall water slides in the world, outside the American continents. So whether it’s spiraling spins, gravity-defying aquatic roller coasters, or long lazy rivers, this aquapark is bound to pump up the adrenaline levels for folks of all ages!

3. IMG World of Adventure:

Are Aquaparks not your style? Then head on over to IMG World of Adventure, the world’s largest air-conditioned indoor theme park, spanning 1.5 million square feet.

The massive amusement park has four different zones – Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure, and IMG Boulevard, each of their rides reflecting their themes to perfection! Don’t miss ‘The Velociraptor’, ‘Hulk Epsilon Base 3D’, ‘Amazing Ride of Gumball’ when you visit the park!


4. Green Planet:

Want to explore an oasis of greenery in the heart of Dubai? The Green Planet bio-dome is home to more than 3000 different species of plants, birds and animals. There are about four levels to this man-made wonder and they are namely – The Flooded Rainforest, The Midstory, The Forest Floor and The Canopy. The highest level is certainly one of the most stunning ones as you can see all kinds of birds flying in colorful flocks together. You will be able to find exotic breeds of birds like the colorful Toucans and Macaws and it’s truly a sight for sore eyes.

5. Deep Dive Dubai:

Along with the tallest man-made building in the world, Dubai is now also home to the world’s deepest pool at 60 meters! Sure, diving pools might be old news with multiple diving pools across Europe. But the adventure of exploring an underwater sunken city is just surreal and we are so excited for you to try this activity out!

The facility is equipped with all the diving gear, so all you really need is to get a pair of flip-flops and swimwear. And to ensure maximum safety and vigilance for the divers, there are 56 underwater cameras across the gigantic pool.

So now that you have our top recommendations, are you ready to begin your adventure around Dubai? Download the Discounter app and avail deals on activities, restaurants, salons, and spas across all the Emirates! Happy Saving!

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New Year’s Resolutions AND How to Keep Them

A few days separate us from 2022 and many of us haven’t yet set our resolutions in stone. So, we thought we could help you prepare yourself for an awesome year! Let’s dive in right away.

There are the usual and common resolutions of getting fit, starting to save money, or reading more than the previous year. These are all fine resolutions, but let’s be honest, how many times did you make them, then lost track and/or motivation and ended the year without actually achieving them? This year should be different; after all, it is 2022 and that only can make it unique and memorable.

We have a plan for you to stay on track 😉 

Step One: create a list of all the things you wish to do this year. 

Step two: prioritize them. 

Step Three: divide each one into smaller goals or tasks, so that they become more achievable.

Step Four: set a time frame for each of the smaller goals. 

Step Five (and our favorite): be kind to yourself about the plan and as flexible as you can. This does not mean that you get to slack or that you stop being critical of yourself. On the contrary, it means that while criticizing yourself; you shouldn’t be too aggressive, you should take into account the circumstances you passed through, and you should allow space for your mental health. Also, it is good to keep in mind that perfection is an illusion and that even if you fall off track, you can always jump right back up.

Step Six: document your progress and every little achievement. This helps your motivation more than you could imagine. 

Step Seven: reap the fruits of all your hard work. 

Now that you know all the steps to keep your resolutions intact, we thought we could offer some suggestions as well.

  • Fitness Goals: whether you need to lose weight, get into shape, build muscles, or eat healthier; don’t forget to check The Discounter app for all the offers you might need.
  • Gratitude or Memory Journal/Jar: This is also a favorite because it is easy to achieve and its effects are long-lasting. Keep a notebook, journal, or even jar where you write at the end of every day or the important, memorable days. Jot down any important events that happened during the day, your feelings, things you are grateful for, etc., and watch how this betters your overall appreciation of life. At the end of the year, open up the jar or the notebook and look back at how much stuff you managed to survive and accomplish this year. Thank us later 😊 
  • Mental Health and Self-Care: Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish.
  • Wardrobe Change: We can’t say no to a resolution that involves shopping 😊
  • Keep Track of Your Health: The coronavirus is sadly still around, which makes this resolution more vital than ever. Go to your regular checkups, eat healthy foods (especially immune-boosting foods), take your vitamins, and don’t forget to check The Discounter for offers related to all of these.
  • Make More Memories, Visit More Places, and Take More Photos: you don’t even have to travel to do this, so it shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish. The Discounter also boasts a large portfolio of offers on all types of activities.
  • Start Budgeting & Saving: Important tip: always check The Discounter before going out. Our deals are all year-long and unbelievable helpful to stay on budget.
  • Declutter: your home, your wardrobe, your office. Whatever you don’t need could be given to charity; which helps you with the next couple of goals.
  • Give More to Charity and/or Support a Good Cause: a little goes a long way when it comes to charity.
  • Be Less Wasteful and More Sustainable: help yourself, your community, your country, and our planet.
  • Read More and Listen to More Music: don’t forget to feed your soul while hustling around during the year. Also, try what works best for you, there are no rules: read hardcovers, PDFs, online blogs (like this one 😉), or even listen to audiobooks… just don’t slack on this
  • Learn a New Skill: it could be anything: cooking, playing music, a new language, sewing, decorating, etc. 

The Final Step (Step Eight): don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself. What good is all this if it only makes you miserable? 😊

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The Discounter’s 2nd Anniversary

Celebrating milestones is a crucial part of moving forward. On an anniversary, we get to celebrate our achievements and look at how far we have come. We also get a chance to rectify mistakes and plan for future ventures. But most importantly, we get to express our gratitude to all the people who helped us be here today. 

The Discounter came into existence two years ago in November with a mission and a dream in mind to give our users the best deals with the least hassle. With diligent hard work and dedication, we have managed to achieve this goal on a large scale. However, the driving force motivating us to work with all the energy and love we can muster is our main goal. We aim at being the go-to app for offers and deals in the MENA region. This would never be possible without the exceptional support of both our partners and our customers and their constant belief in us. 

After more than 700 days, The Discounter team has proudly presented our customers with offers worth thousands of dirhams on a wide variety of activities and purchases. Our application has grown significantly during the past two years. Today, The Discounter includes offers on all types of entertainment pastimes, healthcare services, fitness needs and venues, groceries and restaurants, fashion and cosmetics, salons and spas, home appliances and electronics, and even car rentals and car care services. Our vendor portfolio is ever-expanding which enables us to offer more and help make life easier on all our users. This was only made possible with our dear partners and their faith and trust in us and our mission. They are an essential part of our journey and of our success and for that, we are eternally grateful. 

The Discounter owes a big part of its success in such a short period to the fact that it stands out among its peers. Many of the other applications offering deals either have numerous steps to get to the deal, or they have a multitude of conditions, terms, and restrictions. This transforms the offers from an enjoyable experience of saving money to a whole new ordeal, which as a result, might drive users away. With this in mind, The Discounter set out to change the scene and present the easiest way of getting offers through an application. No fine print, no tricks, no hassles, and definitely no drama… The Discounter presented the most straightforward application there could’ve been to our customers. In return, our customers gifted us with their permanent confidence and loyalty. This is our utmost pride and joy and we thank each of them for joining us on this journey and for the honor of serving them.

The Discounter’s birthday celebrations this year are month-long and are just starting! Don’t miss out & check out our social media channels and the application to find out the magnificent surprises we have for our users all during November!

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Expo 2020

All the Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Expo 2020 Dubai!

For over a century, World Expos have been an exceptional stage where the world shared its inventions, groundbreaking ideas, and newest structures. The world has gathered to uncover a whole lot of innovations: from Heinz Ketchup & HDTVs to the Eiffel Tower & Al Wasl Plaza; the history of World Expos is filled with technology, culture, architecture, art, and much more.

Expo 2020 Dubai is a marvelous continuation of this international tradition as it brings the world together in the Middle East for the first time in history. With more than 190 country pavilions, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and experience a multitude of different nations and cultures in one place. The main themes of the Expo are: Sustainability, Mobility & Opportunity and each of them has its own district. Make no mistake, you DO NOT want to miss them! 

Starting with the Sustainability District, you can walk through a waterfall in the Brazil Pavilion, explore the rainforest and a Hanging Garden in the Singapore Pavilion, check out the coral reefs in the Hammour House, or visit the labs and experience the German technological innovations at the Germany Pavilion. 

Then, move on towards the Mobility District and witness the meeting between the physical and digital worlds. There is a lot to experience in this District! Start by taking a ride on the world’s largest passenger lift that can transport 160+ people at a time. Then, maybe try to build your own robot or design a spaceship. Don’t miss out on learning more about the UAE Space Programme and the Emirates Mars Mission. Also, remember to visit the 330-metre track that showcases cutting-edge vehicles and mobility devices.

The Opportunity District is a whole other story where each Pavilion offers a new experience. For example, the UK Pavilion brings us all together to create a collective message that continuously changes and is shown on the building’s exterior through an AI sculpture that was inspired by the great Stephen Hawking. Whereas the Switzerland Pavilion offers you the opportunity to take a hike through Switzerland to the top of an Alp and emerge through the fog. The “Garden of Opportunities” in the Monaco Pavilion is a kaleidoscopic fantasy garden that offers you a new way to view life. If you visit the Ukraine Pavilion, you will get a chance to discover how future technologies shape the world and you will also see a revolutionary e-bike that can go up to 380 km on a single charge. 

That’s not all you get to experience! Expo 2020 Dubai has a lot more to offer and its calendar is PACKED! You can find live concerts of pop artists and singers, classical music concerts, cultural performances of different nations, folk music shows, dance shows, sculpture shows, poetry nights, operas, theatrical performances, and even fashion shows. The Expo also offers a wide variety of options for food with more than 80 restaurants presenting dishes from all around the world and an assortment of experiences that include street foods, sustainable dining, and world cuisines. Not to mention the ultimate culinary experience: “The Future of Food: Epochal Banquet”: a 2-hour, 3-course innovative dining journey across the history of food and into the future of humans, food, and artificial intelligence. 

Now, you have no excuse to miss out on such a rare and remarkable experience like Expo 2020 Dubai! See you there! 😀 

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TOP 5 PLACES IN DUBAI TO HAVE IFTAR THIS RAMADAN!

Does Ramadan have you craving something delicious for Iftar? Don’t Worry, Dubai is home to some of the best dining options imaginable, and the offerings only get better and better during Ramadan. Grab your wallet, download the Discounter App on your phone and bring your appetite. Here’s a guide to restaurants in Dubai offering great food!

1. Beirut Bites – JLT

Beirut Bites is all about bringing people together with great food. The restaurant offers a casual, warm and cosy ambience preparing food with love that for sure will make you fall in love with your first bite. They provide traditional manakeesh, healthy salads, lovely board bites, mouthwatering sandwiches, Lebanese teasers, unique pizzas and childhood desserts. Experience authentic flavours, healthy eating, fresh and highquality food in a modern and creative presentation. Download the Discounter App and enjoy our Buy One Get One Offers from Beirut Bites.

2. Il Forno – Downtown Dubai

Love Artisan Authentic Italian Pizza & Pasta? Then you will definitely love this fine Italian restaurant where diners will find the meaning of comfort food – simple, hearty food prepared simply in generous portions. Feel the flavours of Italy in every bite you take! Now isn’t that an exciting choice for Iftar? Download the Discounter App and get a 20% discount on your total order.

3. CASA DEL BENE Restaurant & Cafe – Dubai Marina

One of the most favourite place of many families in Dubai! They mainly cater to Italian flavours with pizza, pasta and grill dishes ruling their menu. This place is also great for its seafood options. The most important things about any restaurant are its food and service. Casa Del Bene is on the highest levels for its food, service and ambience. The very delicious food and friendly, attentive, hospitable staff make this place a reason to keep coming! Download the Discounter App and enjoy the experience more by getting a 25% Discount on the total bill.

4. Dine Nest Restaurant – Palm Jumeirah

Experience the juiciest food, freshest drinks and the most incredible atmosphere all in one place! Try their secret recipes of fresh, organic, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free meals and beverages. Wash it down with one of more than 35 food and drink items made fresh to meet everyone’s taste. Dinenest will be your new favourite hot spot for good food, good vibes, and good times. The restaurant is vegan-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, organic friendly and lactose-intolerant friendly. The perfect destination for all food lovers! Download the Discounter App and get exclusive offers!

5. Khao Siam 45 – Al Barsha

Craving for Authentic Thai Food? Khao Siam is as authentic as it can get. Khao Siam 45 Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in UAE. All fresh and prepared products are served daily by the best chefs. They use the finest ingredients only to provide the best tasty meals to you. Their menu is varied to meet everyone’s needs. Khao Siam 45 is the taste of authentic Thai cuisine in Dubai. Download the Discounter App and get exclusive offers!

So which one are you going for?

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4 ways to make your Valentine Happy as well as Save Money!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it is high time to plan something special for your special one!

If you feel planning something special for Valentine’s Day is way out of your budget then you have reached the right place. The discounter app helps you to plan your budgets as well as make your valentine’s day special and memorable. Now isn’t that what exactly you wanted to hear?

Here’s a list of 5 fun and romantic things you can do this Valentine’s Day and create memories with your valentine.

1. Ride and See Dubai’s Iconic Landmarks

Witness the beauty of Dubai’s iconic landmarks and experience a helicopter ride with your valentine. We guarantee you that you will have a Valentine’s Day experience worth remembering for a lifetime. Embarking on a memorable aerial tour of Dubai is everybody’s dream. We make this dream come true with an exclusive discount. Be ready to soar over Dubai and admire the panorama from above.

2.  Speed Boat Sightseeing

Do you and your valentine love the waters and watersports? Then speed boat sightseeing is definitely something that will WOW you. If you’re looking for the ideal combination of fewer crowds and pleasant weather to have some fun experience with your special one, then this is the best time for speed boating. Sounds like a perfect valentine day celebration with lots of fun, right?

3. Desert Safari

Dubai is filled with thousands of possibilities that you can explore with your partner. Take your partner for a Desert Safari and create memories that will be with you for a lifetime! Dubai desert safari has it all that you’re looking for starting from breathtaking sunsets to splendid food enjoying the perfect weather.  Escape to the desert with your partner and spend the day in the middle of the desert. Watch the sky get painted with different hues during the sunset and gaze at the thousands of stars lighting up the sky at night time. Also, relish the scrumptious spread laid out for you in the desert. You can also add thrill to your day with the dune-bashing and camel ride.

4. Diving In the Deep Waters

If you both love water then you can spend your Valentine’s Day and make everlasting memories you can venture into the depths of the sea and explore the marine life by taking a day trip to the Gulf of Oman. Explore the captivating seascape and the vast marine life at the underwater kingdom will leave you mesmerized beyond words.    

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3 Exciting things to do with your friends without spending a lot!

Spending time with friends is a great way to relax, refresh and create great memories! But if you and your friends are used to going out to restaurants, gaming and other fun adventure together as your way of hanging out, then you can change it up a bit and save some money too.

Now isn’t that exciting? Here’s a list of exciting you can do with your friends spending minimum money and enjoying maximum!

1. Desert Safari & Desert Fun Adventures

The biggest attraction of Dubai is the close proximity to the Arabian Desert. With the Discounter app you and your friends can indulge in the rich culture, amazing food, overnight stays and some other exciting desert activities like desert safaris, Arabian buffet dinners, camel rides, sheesha and an array of adventure activities. You can explore the deserts of DUBAI through thrilling and adventurous activities like Dune Bashing, Dune Buggy Riding, Quad Biking and Sand Boarding.

It becomes even more exciting and enjoyable when you can do it all but with a great discount and that’s what the Discounter App offers.

2. Restaurants & Gaming

A heavy gaming session with friends along with mouthwatering food is definitely the definition of a perfect day for many out there. If you and your friends love gaming then here’s a good news for you!

Get your hands on our amazing offers and enjoy a great game with great food from the best gaming café’s in Dubai. This will help you to not just to chill and relax, but also to cut down on your expenses.

3. Yacht Party

Partying with friends always creates great and crazy memories but partying with friends on a yacht is even more fun.

Yachting can be a fun activity for many reasons. There is a lot you can do while yachting. Almost all of the yacht parties are even more fun filled when you have perfect music that will make you whirl and twirl. Moreover cruising with your loved ones while enjoying delicious food and taking in stunning views of Dubai’s exceptional sights like Burj Al Arab, The Atlantis, Blue waters etc, will surely make up a lifetime experience. This lifetime experience can be even more enjoyable with great discounts. The Discounter App is definitely your perfect mate to get the best deals and enjoy the best moments with your mates!

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How to plan your week right on a budget

How to plan your week right on a budget

 

Keep it real 

 

Have you ever made a goal that was set up for failure? Like saying you will read 10 books a month when you barely have any free time or promising to run ten miles all year when you can barely run a meter.

The same is true with your budget. Push yourself to spend in a smart way and save more – but be realistic when you set up your budget. Saying you won’t buy new clothes all year round might not be realistic but you can shop for clothes online via the Discounter app by taking advantage of the amazing deals and offers on the app.

When you keep it real, you can really win.

 

Plan your meals

 

Get your hands on the amazing BOGO deals that the Discounter app has to offer or get 20-50% off on other offers on food and beverage. You can also consider taking a friend along and splitting the bill in half.

 

This will help you to not over-spend all week on food. Reward yourself at least once a week. Be it shopping or pampering yourself to a spa session. The discounter offers it all so you don’t have to break your bank account and feel guilty of overspending. Rewarding yourself once in a while will help you to stay motivated to your goals.

 

Make smart choices 

 

Life is all about making choices. When we make the right choices, we end up happier and content. Instead of going on an expensive holiday abroad, you could go on weekly adventures or plan staycations with your family or friends. The Discounter app has a variety of options for your weekend entertainment, all on discounts. Like desert safari, Jetski, Hydro water sports and many more.

 

Listen. You’ve got big hopes and dreams- places to go and goals to reach. And you can do it all but it all starts with good financial planning. Always remember if you make a financial plan and stick to it. Your goals aren’t a slow cooker, and your budget isn’t either. You don’t dump in numbers, click a button, and walk away. You’ve got to keep at it and keep with it. Budgeting is telling your money you’re in charge, sticking to the budget is showing your money you’re in charge.

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