- Take advantage of the freebies
They’re called freebies for a reason and being in the world of sosyals you get alot of these. From free nespresso coffees at the office, tap water refills, gym pass, shuttle services to free travel experiences. This heavily depends on the company of course but multinational companies should have these.
Most of the meals i post? See below.
Them gym selfies? See below. Those were just some of the complimentary from the companies i have worked for.
Freebies such as free decent coffees let you cut alot from your everyday coffee budget. Why spend $5-$10 (100-300php) on an overpriced cup of coffee if you can get your morning boost from your office’s pantry for free? You can spend that 1000php (200php x 5days) on better things, girl. Also, taking a picture of your starbucks coffee as a sosyal symbol is so 2014!
Savings: $100/4000php a month
2. Practice the art of meal prep
Let’s be honest here. We all know that food is our biggest weakness and that explains why it accounts for our biggest spending. If you’re blessed enough to have your mom cook for your every meal then you may skip this tip.
But if you happen to live alone, one way to cut your food spending is preparing your meals in advance. Having meals already prepared for you in your fridge, it eases the stress of having to think what you will have for lunch. You could also get strict on your diet as you’ll know what goes into your food. And if you’re like me who doesn’t have a bit of culinary cell in her system, this might be the right time to get those tasty recipe videos into your own kitchen.
If you know that you have prepared meals at home waiting for you, you won’t even have to think about getting that take away or eating out on your way home. It also allows you to bring your own lunch to work instead of ordering that C3 from jollibee which costs 115php or that mcdonalds meal for $10. Plus bringing your own meal gives out the idea that you’re responsibly taking care of yourself. Sosyals take care of themselves well. Kaya go donya! prepare your meals na.
Savings: $200/2300php a month
Utilize the internet for getting deals, promos and cheaper alternatives for your planned purchase. There are blogs and online reviews that you could read through if you’re looking for a firsthand experience of the product. Blogs usually give out cheaper alternatives to the product without compromising the qulaity. Why not ‘di ba?
Alot of promo codes can be found online, use it. For instance you could order 2 large pizzas from dominos for $12 instead of their normal price of $25. Western union charges $5 for remittance fee to the Philippines but i do mine for free through a promo code. See below.
I also got a $20 discount from my uber ride through a promo code. Before making a purchase, i always look up if the product or the service has a promo code to see if i could save up some before checking out.
Same tip goes when you’d like to travel because we all know sosyals travel alot. You can get affordable airline deals online you just gotta subscribe to the airlines’ social media accounts as they usually post sale dates there. Like for instance, i got a plane ticket to boracay for just 200php ($5). It is possible to travel on a plane for 200php, yes!
Savings: varies on your purchases
4. Initiate barkada night outs
Imagine if you volunteer to set your saturday night with friends, lakas makasosyal nun! You set the time and the venue of your night-out which means you get to choose where. Of course being a sosyal on a budget, this allows you to choose a place that’s suitable to your walwal budget. It may look very socialite but it’s actually economical.
Disclaimer: This tip only applies when your friends are not kupal and your circle practice the ancient tradition of chipping-in or in our jologs term – KKB.
Savings: varies on how much you walwal
5. Invest in your own water bottle
Water is good when you want to achieve sosyal skin. Water is good when you want to lose those extra pounds. Water is good to mend cravings. Water is good to temporarily reduce your hunger while you’re on your way home to your meal prep. Water is good fro you. But buying water on a bottle is not good for the environment and not good for your bank account as well.
Invest in a water bottle that you could carry with you at work or at uni. If you buy a bottled water everyday that costs about 15php or $3, that is a huge savings by doing a simple act like having your own water bottle.
It is never sosyal or even classy to add up to the earth’s degradation, mga donya.
Savings: $60/300php a month
Being financially responsible does not require so much of lifestyle change. You can still be sosyal on a tight budget you just have to find ways and be creative.
I’ll tell you the rest on my next boring office hours 😜