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Prosperity & Excitement: Here Are 5 Fun Ways to Prepare For CNY While Saving Money!


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Get ready, Malaysians; the Year of the Rabbit is almost here and we hope you’re as excited as we are! But in our anticipation of another ong-some lunar new year, we mustn’t neglect the necessary preparations needed to celebrate CNY! But don’t worry, the excitement doesn’t have to wait until D-day itself. Here are some fun (and money-saving) ways we can suggest for you and your family to prepare yourselves for Chinese New Year in 2023!


1. Challenge your family members on who can save more from CNY shopping!

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This season, start your CNY shopping with fewer expenses and more excitement! You can do this by challenging your other family members to see who can save more money from their shopping sprees! Decide on a set amount of money for shopping and once your shopping sessions are done, compare receipts to see who saved the highest percentage of their budget!

This will encourage your family members to hunt for the best shopping deals such as through banking apps and e-wallets, plus they can better evaluate their wants and needs for CNY celebrations!


2. Gamify your pre-CNY house cleaning!

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Just the thought of having to tidy up the house for CNY can drain anyone’s enthusiasm, betul tak? Then try adding a fun element to it! One simple way to do it is by setting a timer to see which family member can finish their chores the fastest. Another is to use a point system where members can obtain points depending on each cleaning task to get ang pows. And to keep track of which chores are done and dusted, you can use house cleaning apps to find out the outcome of your pre-CNY cleaning game! Here are some cleaning apps we can recommend!:


3. Need decor? Then go DIY for this CNY!

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Dread the onslaught of other shoppers fighting over the last piece of CNY decor at malls and stores? Then spare yourself the trouble (and expenses) by making your own! In addition to saving money, making your own decor also gets your creative juices flowing and doubles as bonding time with your loved ones! Here are some decor ideas we found on YouTube for your consideration!:

  • Ang pow rabbits: Try making these with old ang pow packets instead of throwing them away! These would make for pretty adornments on your walls, doors or house plants!

  • Cherry blossom lantern: Add a bit more colour and patterns to your old decor by painting some flowers on upcycled lanterns!

  • Cardstock firecrackers: Make replica firecrackers by cutting up red cardstock paper, rolling them up and tying them up together with a few ribbons!

  • CNY wreath: Got a Christmas wreath lying around somewhere in your storage? Then swap some of the flowers and colours on the wreath and you’ll be able to reuse it to celebrate another most wonderful time of the year!


4. Organise a potluck for your reunion dinner

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When it comes to CNY gatherings, nothing is more important than the reunion dinner! But in the same vein, nothing is more headache-inducing than said dinner too. So what’s the best course of action that doesn’t break your bank OR your sanity? A potluck, of course! Potlucks are a great solution to forego daunting costs and preparation for cooking, plus the variety of dishes will surely allow you and your guests to try some new delicious food! Just make sure to inform your guests beforehand that your gathering is on a BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) basis!


5. Document your preparations through a video!

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To add some more excitement to your CNY preparations, document them in short yet entertaining videos! By recording your preparation process via short-form videos such as through TikTok, Instagram Reels and the like, you get to let viewers in on your prepping experiences, anecdotes, learnings and the like! The videos can be of you talking about your prepping experience, your CNY shopping haul, cooking tutorials and other countless ideas to choose from! It’ll be a win-win for both you and the audience because everyone will learn something new from your videos and stay entertained in preparation for CNY!


But before you carry out these fun CNY prep activities, you’ll need a steady internet connection to research for preparations, contact others, do online banking and the like, kan? And needless to say, staying on the grid DURING the upcoming celebrations is also important to stay in touch with your loved ones!

So, if you’re looking for a mobile plan that lets you stay connected for both preparations AND celebrations, then Celcom’s Chinese New Year deal is just for you!

To commemorate Chinese New Year this 2023, Celcom has a bunch of ‘Ong Mari Deals’ to help Malaysians stay connected with their loved ones!

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Because what better way to have a fun and huat-filled CNY celebration than by staying in touch with your loved ones? Have a look at the awesome offerings Celcom has through their Ong Mari Deals below!:

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With this Device Offer plan, take your pick from one of Celcom MEGA™’s wide selection of FREE 5G smartphones and get the following benefits!:

  • FREE 1-month subscription to TVBAnywhere+
  • FREE Blacknut Cloud Gaming


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Can get unlimited internet and calls, plus 5GB high-speed internet; all at just RM38 per month?! Now that’s what I call an Ong Mari Deal!


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Snag yourself a FREE smartphone under a 12-month contract and enjoy the below perks!:

  • 40GB high-speed internet
  • Unlimited YouTube, Facebook and Instagram
  • FREE 3 months of phone care (existing offer)
  • FREE 1-month TVBAnywhere+


just4ME™ (Postpaid)

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Get up to RM40 rebate on Internet add-ons with selected just4ME™ deals! (Rebate will be credited in the next bill.)


Celcom Home Fibre™

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At just RM100/month, you can have ultra-fast 300Mbps UNLIMITED Home Fibre Internet! Oh, and did we mention that you can get a FREE WiFi 6 Router too with Celcom Home Fibre?!


This Chinese New Year, blue is the new red with these spectacular Ong Mari Deals, courtesy of Malaysia’s No. 1 network provider: Celcom! So sign up for these awesome deals now to get the most ong and huat for the upcoming Year of the Rabbit!

For more info on the Ong Mari Deals, visit Celcom’s website or follow them on their social media pages:


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