Whether you are saving up for a new purse, treating your family to a sumptuous feast, or simply preparing for rainy days, there are many clever ways to do so. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goals while keeping life enjoyable at the same time.
1. Pack your own lunch
If you are working in/around the Central Business District where a sandwich could easily cost $8, bringing your own lunch to work is one of the best ways to save up on some cash. Homemade meals such as pasta, rice, vegetables and meat allow you to adjust your budget and diet according to your needs. A $20 grocery budget could easily give you four days’ worth of lunches, and overnight dinners can also be repacked and reheated as next day’s lunch (but make sure it is still in a good condition).
Thermos® Lunch Tote comes with separate tubs for rice, soup and side dishes, as well as a set of handy chopsticks. Easily microwavable and dishwasher-friendly, homemade lunches in this lunch tote are stylish, convenient and hassle-free.
2. Drink green tea instead of $5 coffee
Hipster coffee is delicious, no doubt, but also expensive. $5 for a cappuccino is a good treat once a week, but for everyday consumption, that is a luxury. Take that off the equation, replace it with green tea, and you will get to save up a lot more every week. A box of green tea would only cost $4-$5 (with about 20-50 tea bags; that is around $0.10-$0.20 a cup), and it also boasts a number of benefits such as improving our brain function, fat loss, and lowering risk of cancer.
Enjoy up to 5 hours of hot/cold beverage with our Disney inspired Thermos® One-Push tumbler, thanks to its vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention. Furthermore, it is chic and comes with an auto-lock button, so you won’t have to worry about spilling drinks in your bag.
3. Take free fitness classes or at introductory rates
Staying fit without forking out that extra cash is possible (and no, we are not talking about the fitness corners beside the HDB blocks). Sign up for free trial at gyms or look out for outdoor workout events at venues near your home. Check out this website for more updates. Alternatively, workout videos on YouTube are great and easily available for you to exercise at home.
4. Go for weekday movies or share media streaming accounts
Watching a movie in the cinemas during the weekdays can save you a couple of dollars each time. Get discounts using selected credit cards, or sign up as a member to get a few dollars off. Alternatively, watch a movie at the comfort of your own home using media streaming service, where you will get countless televised content from movies, drama series to documentaries. Share the account with your family members or friends, so you can pay less and watch more.
5. Go grocery shopping on a full stomach
Behavioural scientists have reported that people make more purchases when they are hungry. Consumers grocery shopping on an empty stomach might end up spending more than they intend to, and that also applies to online shopping. Know how Gordon Ramsay determines if a chef cooks really well? He eats something before such tastings so hunger would not falter his judgement. Similarly, fill your stomach before you head out for grocery shopping, in such a way you’ll just get what you need, and not the entire supermarket.