Imagine a 4-box 200 piece 2-ply tissue paper (Premier brand) cost about RM8 in 2010. Now its more than RM12. So, shift to in-house brand like Tesco tissue paper which is still less than RM7 for the same specification (of course the quality is different). This is what we mean by tightening our belts? Our economy is booming and increasing, but I still think can’t afford the same brand of tissue paper now as compared to 3-4 years ago. Same goes to Dutch Lady 6-in-pack chocolate drink. I think its about RM8, whereas it was in the RM6 range few years back. So, no more chocolate drink. And the list goes on. And yet, I notice we are driving quite expensive cars – Mazdas, Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Peugeot, etc and houses costing hundreds of thousands of ringgits are sold out fast. Maybe we have to cut down our other expenses because transportation and housing costs a lot. So our purchasing power increased, decreased or still the same?
Foodstuff and groceries is eating big chunk of our expenses (Other than transportation and housing), even if we reduce quantity or choose alternative brands/products. So, have to reduce expenses in other areas or look for bargains. For example, when I want to dine out, I see if there’s any offers, either online or in newspaper. Also there are some sites like Restaurants KL which offers good deals for eating out.
I even bought photoalbum from the Groupon services vouchers offer for RM53 only which can easily cost more than hundred ringgit. And even have the freedom to design our own pages! Anyway, still working on creating the album. Got lots of photos and designs to choose from…
So, look out for deals from such websites and also other sources like newspaper. It can help to save substantial amount of $$$ for those extra things you want to purchase.