Simple Ways to Save
By Khalidha Naushad Ceylon Today Features
With all that is going on in the country, necessary commodities are seeing enormous price increases. The pandemic, on the other hand, is having a significant impact on many families’ income, making it impossible for the majority to provide daily meals. Being frugal or economical with money or food is the best thing you can do to survive in these circumstances. It is recommended that you avoid spending money on items that are not worth purchasing and that you cease paying for items that should not actually cost you. Excessive spending on luxury clothing and accessories, dining out, and having meals delivered via online services may all be avoided. Surviving is undeniably more expensive than it has ever been, but there are ways to save costs. Read this post for advice on how to cut back when you can.
Water is a renewable and natural resource. It is quiet unclear why most people tend to buy bottled water. Keeping it real, unless you are in the midst of a dessert, buying bottled water is useless. You are spending alot on bottled water when you could be getting it from your faucet itself. Although it is likely to be safe, bottle water can be contaminated. An article from CBS lists common water contaminants like algae, types of bacteria, and chlorine. If you are a bottled water person, and is hesitant to change your water drinking habits due to taste and safety concerns, it’s recommended to use an in-home filtration, which can then transform your house-hold water into a safer, tastier and enjoyable way to drink.
It’s time to get rid of your cable box and your cable TV bill. Now that streaming is available, cable TV costs can be reduced as well. Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, and others are available. They are online providers of entertainment that deliver contents to subscribers’ computers, televisions, or smart phones. Whether your favourite shows are on Netflix, Disney+, or another service, you can probably stream them without ever having to pay for a cable box or satellite.
Exercise classes and gym membership
Kudos to people who are self-motivated enough to run regularly, self-train in a home gym, go all-out on yoga or other workout. For people who join gym, paying the membership fee is something you should consider. Because it’s quiet criptical of what would happen the next day. We will occasionally be unable to attend the gym, and in such instances, the membership will be useless. In our digital age, it is simple to find free videos on YouTube channels such as Brightside, Chloe Ting, Krissy Cela, and others.
Electricity expenses might rise as a result of energy waste. There are immediate steps that can be taken to reduce those costs. Turning off unnecessary lights and relying on natural light is the simplest solution. Make sure the air conditioner is turned off before leaving the house. The Ceylon Electricity Board advises replacing ordinary incandescent bulbs with Energy Star rated Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs), which can save you up to Rs. 1000 in electricity expenditures. Even when computers, fax machines, televisions, VCRs, CD players, and cable boxes are turned off, they consume energy. So, when you’re not using them or leave the house, make sure you unplug them altogether. Another easiest thing you may do is to iron all your clothes at once.
Sale – priced stuff
Walking down the street, you’ll come across shops that advertise ‘50 per cent off,’ and you’ll get excited, go into the store, and buy whatever is on ‘sale.’ To be honest, these are basically marketing gimmicks and aren’t quite as special as you may believe. Many sale prices, even those that promote bogus discounts, are fraudulent at some stores, with the same price being dubbed a sale price more than half of the time. And at other businesses, the phony sales never end; keep in mind that all of these claims are false and are intended to deceive.
In a 2020 study by the University of Kelaniya, it states that each person generate around 0.64 kg waste per day in Sri Lanka with an estimated 4.8 billion MT of waste collected per annum in the country. It is understandable that you can save money by buying a bulk during great sales. But you should also consider on the expiry of the products, because getting products in bulk and storing it for days can lead to purchase spoilage. Shop specials, but stock up only on nonperishables. Avoid impulse purchase and keep track of what you throw away so you will buy less of it.
Noshing with the Nolands suggests you make an organised grocery as listed below:
1. Have a running list
2. Meal plan
3. Take inventory of staple items
4. Look up coupons
5. Organise by aisle
6. Specify quantity – It is good to know how much of an item you need to get in advance
7. Check your list
8. Don’t leave it – Make sure that you put it somewhere you won’t leave it behind before you leave for your shopping trip.
Eat at home
When it comes to food, most of us are lazy. Getting meals delivered via online services may cost you more than preparing food at home or dining out. Because that is how pricing works. Tech Crunch breaks down how pricing works. The core components of pricing across all food delivery apps are:
- Menu item: the actual food you are ordering
- Service fee: a fee charged by the delivery company for providing the service
-Taxes: sales tax on your order based on applicable local tax laws
- Delivery fee: the price for having the food delivered
- Gratuity: this is the optional tip for the delivery driver
Of course, ordering delivery has always been a splurge. Imagine paying taxes, service fee, and delivery fee just for the food to be eaten afterwards. Fire up the delivery app after comparing the price of delivery to picking your food up yourself. You may save some significant cash.