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  • <$500

    14 14.14%
  • between $500 and $1000

    24 24.24%
  • between $1000 and $2000

    28 28.28%
  • between $2000 and $3000

    10 10.10%
  • between $3000 and $4000

    10 10.10%
  • between $4000 and $5000

    3 3.03%
  • between $5000 and $10000

    8 8.08%
  • >$10000

    2 2.02%
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Thread: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

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    Default What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    Was just reviewing my own finances around the time when the economy got really exciting

    One of the basic things financial planning books, blogs, websites, experts etc encourage anybody to do is to set aside three to six months of living expenses.

    So that got me to review my monthly living expenses. I guess I am fortunate in that I don't have to pay mortgage, maintain a car, get a maid to look after kids, pay for childcare etc. (But in the near future I'd like to own a home)

    Anyway, just curious about what are the living expenses of other clubsnappers?

    You can just vote in the poll of course, for anonymity.

    But do share some tips how you are cutting expenses in these times.

    For myself I have cut down on dining out, refrain from buying on impulse, and downgraded my broadband subscription.
    Last edited by f1to128; 18th November 2008 at 02:55 AM.

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    Please poll the expenses you incur individually - ie not combined household expenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f1to128 View Post
    Was just reviewing my own finances around the time when the economy got really exciting

    One of the basic things financial planning books, blogs, websites, experts etc encourage anybody to do is to set aside three to six months of living expenses.

    So that got me to review my monthly living expenses. I guess I am fortunate in that I don't have to pay mortgage, maintain a car, get a maid to look after kids, pay for childcare etc. (But in the near future I'd like to own a home)

    Anyway, just curious about what are the living expenses of other clubsnappers?

    You can just vote in the poll of course, for anonymity.

    But do share some tips how you are cutting expenses in these times.

    For myself I have cut down on dining out, refrain from buying on impulse, and downgraded my broadband subscription.
    My expenses are more on photoshoots. Of course we should always weigh before hiring a model.

    You can still dine out, but stay around the hawker centres or food courts. Breakfast, for example, can be taken at home. Dinner can also be taken at home if you are not working late. Cut down or totally avoid snacks. Don't anyhow buy new gadgets from Sim Lim if you don't really need them. Cut down on movie. I think these will save you a lot of money.

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    1) now must think before buying, esp when the bill would come up to more than a few hundreds.

    2) Restrict to 5 dollars a day for meals. No more fancy lunches and dinners.

    sian.... some of us save... some of us waste.

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    what i've been doing to save up.. *but i spend on my gf, that one cannot stingy de*
    crunchyroll instead of movies
    gardenia rasin bread 2.80 can last me 3 days of breakfast, *if not is everyday breakfast 2 tau sa pao $1 only* i used to buy mac's $2 meal breakfast, total a month saved is around 20 bucks
    calculate your SBS bus expenses, above 100? apply for seasonpass, 98 a month only, card starting is 3 bucks.. i save 30+ a month from that
    skipped newspaper, go channelnewsasia.com, CNN.com, i save 27 bucks a month
    lunch time stopped ordering kopi, go back office buy my own instant kopi packet make.. 80cent per cup and i have to drink at least 3 a day.. aga aga save 30
    using callback card, save my handphone outgoing by abt 20 bucks
    changed from my linksys modem/router thingy to USB powered modem, reduced my coolermaster's 5 cooling fans to low instead of high.. difference in chip temperature only 10 degrees..
    lunch time limit myself to 4 bucks instead of 5, another 30

    saved abt 200 that way.. but now that i got gf.. you know where those savings go to la.. ;o)

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    Default Re: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    what i've been doing to save up..
    gardenia rasin bread 2.80 can last me 3 days of breakfast, *if not is everyday breakfast 2 tau sa pao $1 only* i used to buy mac's $2 meal breakfast, total a month saved is around 20 bucks


    Buy FairPrice Wholemeal bread (420g+80g for less than $2, you saved another 80 cents.

    calculate your SBS bus expenses, above 100? apply for seasonpass, 98 a month only, card starting is 3 bucks.. i save 30+ a month

    You saved almost $960 a year assuming you spent about $80 on SBS bus expenses by going to work on a bicycle. Just get a low-end market bike for around $250 or less for regular commuting to the office and back.

    skipped newspaper, go channelnewsasia.com, CNN.com, i save 27 bucks a month.


    If you want to further save on electricity, get a Sony walkman to listen to the news and BBC. The Sony radio costs less than $40.

    lunch time stopped ordering kopi, go back office buy my own instant kopi packet make.. 80cent per cup and i have to drink at least 3 a day.. aga aga save 30

    Drink Chinese tea instead of 3-in-1 coffee. A packet of Liu Pao Tea cost about $9 and it last you more than a month drinking six to seven cups a day.

    For further saving, switch off all air-cons if you are using them, get a table fan.

    For bath, don't use the heater, just use cold water from the shower instead.

    Would like to know if there is any other ways of saving on our daily expenses.

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    getting money from SAF by going Silver....Gold is too far currently.
    I photograph the dead.

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    Buy FairPrice Wholemeal bread (420g+80g for less than $2, you saved another 80 cents.
    you eat plain for 1 year like me u'll go crazy -_-

    You saved almost $960 a year assuming you spent about $80 on SBS bus expenses by going to work on a bicycle. Just get a low-end market bike for around $250 or less for regular commuting to the office and back.
    siao ah.. i cycle by the time reach office die le.. full suit all sweat =.=

    If you want to further save on electricity, get a Sony walkman to listen to the news and BBC. The Sony radio costs less than $40.
    get a refurbish zen plus from creative at 45 bucks and charge in office :P

    Drink Chinese tea instead of 3-in-1 coffee. A packet of Liu Pao Tea cost about $9 and it last you more than a month drinking six to seven cups a day.
    drink plain water, kope water back from your office if possible, 1 litre a day can le

    For further saving, switch off all air-cons if you are using them, get a table fan.
    given the weather nowadays, dont need la, just open all the windows

    For bath, don't use the heater, just use cold water from the shower instead.

    agreed

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    Default Re: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by forward View Post
    Would like to know if there is any other ways of saving on our daily expenses.
    I'm down to my bare basic of expenses.

    1. As I work from home I only have a pair of old jeans which I wear when I go to town and hang it up behind the door after use. I hardly go out so I only need to wash it once every 4-5 months.

    2. I only shoot the neighbourhood aunties to cut down model fees. The aunties often express their appreciation by giving me a bowl of red bean or a plate of fried Mee Hon that save me some money on food.

    3. For exercise I go out for long walks as fresh air and sunshine are free and non-taxable in this country.

    4. As I like to work till 3am so I wake up late and able to combine breakfast and lunch into one.

    5. To save gas and electricity I try to eat vegetables and meat raw. And I have been noticing that my teetch and nails are getting longer and sharper and there are hairs growing out of my face:

    Last edited by Sion; 18th November 2008 at 11:56 AM.

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    Default Re: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    I use this to power up my ipod touch and run on threadmill to create extra electricity in the house. Give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazmee View Post
    I use this to power up my ipod touch and run on threadmill to create extra electricity in the house. Give it a try.
    Nice one la bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    I'm down to my bare basic of expenses.

    1. As I work from home I only have a pair of old jeans which I wear when I go to town and hang it up behind the door after use. I hardly go out so I only need to wash it once every 4-5 months.

    2. I only shoot the neighbourhood aunties to cut down model fees. The aunties often express their appreciation by giving me a bowl of red bean or a plate of fried Mee Hon that save me some money on food.

    3. For exercise I go out for long walks as fresh air and sunshine are free and non-taxable in this country.

    4. As I like to work till 3am so I wake up late and able to combine breakfast and lunch into one.

    5. To save gas and electricity I try to eat vegetables and meat raw. And I have been noticing that my teetch and nails are getting longer and sharper and there are hairs growing out of my face:

    OMG. We have got a monster in the forum!!!

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    Here's a toilet in Japan with a bike. Ride the bike to operate a composting machine - turns waste into fertiliser.

    But I don't think the persons living in my house will agree to installing such a device

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    Default Re: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    Off my head:

    House Installment ~1000
    Car installment + maintenance ~1200
    Parent ~500
    Utility ~200
    Town council and property taxes ~100
    Personal Taxes ~300
    Telecommunication + SCV ~200
    Food ~1000
    Insurances ~800
    Investments ~1000
    Entertainment ~200

    ~Total $6500

    Never realized it's this high....really need to cut down on the big ticket Damn...I need to get a job quick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henessy View Post
    OMG. We have got a monster in the forum!!!
    Watch out for Beauty and the Beast Theme Photo Shoot!
    Last edited by Sion; 18th November 2008 at 05:56 PM.

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    Default Re: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    For me, to cut expenses, I visualise where in the future the item I'm buying is going to be — in the rubbish bin.

    Simple as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Off my head:

    House Installment ~1000
    Car installment + maintenance ~1200
    Parent ~500
    Utility ~200
    Town council and property taxes ~100
    Personal Taxes ~300
    Telecommunication + SCV ~200
    Food ~1000
    Insurances ~800
    Investments ~1000
    Entertainment ~200

    ~Total $6500

    Never realized it's this high....really need to cut down on the big ticket Damn...I need to get a job quick
    I believe you are not paying al the bills alone right?

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    Default Re: What's your monthly living expenses? And how to trim the expenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by scanner View Post
    I believe you are not paying al the bills alone right?
    I am family man mah...so must be combine income

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    I am family man mah...so must be combine income
    Then combine salary, still not so bad mah....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Off my head:

    House Installment ~1000
    Car installment + maintenance ~1200
    Parent ~500
    Utility ~200
    Town council and property taxes ~100
    Personal Taxes ~300
    Telecommunication + SCV ~200
    Food ~1000
    Insurances ~800
    Investments ~1000
    Entertainment ~200

    ~Total $6500

    Never realized it's this high....really need to cut down on the big ticket Damn...I need to get a job quick
    Wah. Your utility quite low leh. My mum can pay as high as $400 per month though we seldom on aircon.

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