Enough with making resolutions every New Year only to have your enthusiasm last as short as a lousy battery. You are an energizer battery, so stick with your plans! Swallow your pride. Cast your inhibitions aside. It’s tough at first, embarrassing even. But with patience and commitment you’ll achieve your goals. It’s the littlest things that make the biggest difference. Here are simple solutions that would help you save more money.
(All figures are only an approximation)
Make your sandwiches
Cheap food can be equally tasty. But the cheapest would be making your own.
Why pay $2 — $3 for something that costs less than $1?
10 eggs (a tray) = $2.50
1 egg = $0.25
Egg mayo = ($0.25 x 2) + 2 tbs of mayo
A slice of bread: $2/22 = $0.10
Total cost = approx. $0.60
Click the link for crazy and creative sandwich recipes.
Bring your own fruits
A stick of 3 slices of apple from a fruit kiosk that costs about $1.80, when you can have a China Fuji Apple from NTUC only costs $0.79? (Bonus: You get a full apple)
Drink work coffee instead of fancy coffee
Coffee that costs more doesn’t always work better. Most kopitiams use Robusta beans, which is more powerful than Arabica variants. If you’re trying to stay awake drink kopi. (Try the Tit Lo or Kopi O Kosong, packs a lethal punch!)
Coffee shop kopi: $1.20 VS Fancy café coffee: $3.40
Here’s an ad from Toast Inn SG that puts things in perspective. (Read our review of Toast Inn SG Here)
Stop buying bottled green tea
If saving money is what you want, buy a box of green tea sachets. Not only will you get your money’s worth, you’ll enjoy the full health benefits of green tea without loads of sugar.
Let’s say, a bottle of green tea contains two sachets of green tea.
2 green tea sachets: (3.95/20)2 = $0.40
Choose affordable indulgence
TOTTS offers good quality Belgian chocolate sticks and a pack of 600g costs about $6.20.
Mustafa Centre is a must-go for chocoholics. Feast on cocoa goodness imported from chocolate producing countries like Germany, Switzerland and more. You’d find Lindt chocolate bars for only $1.90 each and Reese’s peanut butter cups at a pack of 4 for $6.00.
Savings for Lindt: $3.00
The Cocoa Tree: $15.60 for 6
Mustafa Centre: $6.00 for 4
Savings for Reese’s: $1.10
Go nuts for snacks
If you’re looking for something to munch, grab a handful of almonds. Packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. This healthy snack also reduces risks of heart diseases.
1kg of almonds from Mustafa costs $14.90 vs 400g of almonds from NTUC at $9.90
Eat smart. Shop smart. Save smart. And remember, dedication always pays.
If you have more ways to save money, please share it with us so we can all huat together!
Story by Edric ‘Thrifty” Cheong