Thursday, June 05, 2008

Creative ideas to fight increasing petrol price

My kopitiam conversation this morning was like any other kopitiam conversations all over Malaysia on June 5. It was all about the petrol price. RM0.78 a litre overnight price hike is steep for the average income earners and the effects are far-reaching. People are not just thinking of alternative transport plans/finding more short-cut routes/car-pooling with the neighbour you once hate/hybrid car, they are already re-scheduling baby plans, cutting down on beers, and finding cheaper pastime (the poor man's hobby - blogging?).

I say we work harder to fleece find money from legitimate sources, and to stand on our own two feet. I do not think employers will be too generous come the year end. They are also feeling it, they have few families to feed and holidays pre-booked months ago.

Profits (unless you are Mr and Mrs Petronas) will be thinner, and who will suffer more? You the workers.

So what will you do? What creative ideas do you have?

my fav flatscreen "LCD"

Here are some money-saving tips to help you through tough times:
  1. Turn off the television. Fight the (advertisement) influence.
  2. Write a list before you go shopping - and stick to it.
  3. Invite friends over instead of going out - let them be the ones who pay for petrol.
  4. Instead of throwing out some damaged clothing, repair it instead. Sewing is fun. Not.
  5. Drink more water. Beer, water, beer, water, beer, water. They all the same. Really.
  6. Give up expensive habits, like cigarettes and alcohol. And driving.
  7. Get books, music, and movies cheaply on the internet - P2P is king.
  8. Hide your credit cards and count to 10. No, hide yourself instead, let the credit cards find you.
  9. Do a price comparison - and find a cheaper store, Ebay price is always a good guide.
  10. Join up with a volunteer program.
  11. Use a simple razor to shave. It is 5% razor, 95% technique.
  12. Buy staples in bulk.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

pakai car 11 more for not-so-far distance of like 2km ;)

June 13, 2008 10:54 AM  

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