My fav #WFH money hack is to prepare your own meal! I realized that ordering take out is a huge temptation especially when you’re tired from work. However, time saved from traveling can now be spent on cooking dinner! You can also meal prep in advance and prepare for next day’s lunch. Not only do you save more money, you also save time from having to go out and buy food. You can now have 10-20mins more to squeeze in a short exercise during lunch to be even healthier!
$ tips: I also use DBS PayLah! with FavePay integration to pay at places which have FavePay, because it automatically credits the cashback into my FavePay! So convenient.
Furthermore I love using the DBS Green LiveFresh! credit card for cashback on my online snack purchases at eco-friendly places - there's 5+5= 10% cashback, what a win-win for you and the planet!
I also frequently check the card promotions page https://www.dbs.com.sg/personal/cards/promotions/default.page to see if there's a good deal with my card. I got $35 off on Klook once, was very happy with that!
My other 2 favorite WFH money hacks are...growing my own edible plants to save on grocery trips (what a great view while working) and exercising while cleaning the house to save on gym fees!
I got a hydroponics kit last year and although I was nervous, the plants starting shooting up! I'm about to eat a thai basil tofu dish with my own thai basil (pictured) right after this, have also made pesto from my sweet basil leaves and stir-fried my sweet potato leaves. Saves me a few bucks at the grocery store but gives me lots of freshness.
The second one is exercising while cleaning the house - since the gyms are closed, now is a good time to save on the gym fees by incorporating some home workouts. Sweeping and wiping become a lot more fun with some music on!
My money hack is... procrastinating buying snacks.
I'm a huge fan of dark chocolate and will often look for snacks out of boredom. WFH means being close to supermarkets (for me) so instead of getting snacks on my usual grocery shopping run, I'll tell myself that I'll get it only when I want to. Since it's kind of troublesome going out, I tend to not buy the snack after all!
My money hack is WATER!!
Every time I'm tempted to reward myself with bubble tea or Starbucks, I remind myself that the reason why those are rewards are because they're cold, and not for the coffee nor the sugar. So I then walk myself to the fridge and get a whole mug of water with many, many ice cubes instead!! Saves me at least $8 of Starbucks money, twice a week, since WFH started 3 months ago!!
The temptation is strong to order food delivery everyday for lunch while WFH. Ordering food delivery just for one person normally do not make economic sense. However, it does not take much effort to actually do food-prep that you just need to warm up with a microwave for lunch. In fact, most of my colleagues even started to bring their own food for lunch after they started doing so while WFH. And it really saves one a lot when you look at how much u can save everyday just by doing food preparation instead of food delivery. It is really no small change!
But of course, once a while can eat snake and order delivery la LOL!
My favourite money hack would be to choose to drink plain water at home instead of ordering bubble tea or sweet drinks from outside.
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