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Link Roundup #26: 10 Things to Know This Week

Accelerate your personal finance knowledge with this regular feature on Ringgit Oh Ringgit – the Link Roundup! I promise you’ll find these 10 links informational 🙂

1. 6 things you must organize to be healthy, wealthy, and happy – The Ladders

Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m a ‘go with the flow’ type of person, or an organised person. I guess I’m a little bit of both, like most people.

On a scale between 1-10, how well-organised are your environment, money, relationships, health/fitness, spiritual life and time? Answering that is like doing a regular checkup, a self-assessment.

If you’re giving yourself a low score, the checklist in the article is pretty helpful to get you back on the right track.

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10 Best Books to Learn About Investing, According to Malaysians (With Video Summaries)

Spoiler alert: the best books to learn about investing will never teach you about getting rich fast and making quick money.

Instead, they almost always focus on playing the long game, discussing the right mindset and building a strong foundation in understanding fundamentals, like how the economy works.

At least, that’s what I learned when I asked for best book recommendations specific to investing in a personal finance group. It was kind of a humble pie moment – I thought I read a lot, but I’ve only read one out of the 10 books on this list!

For your (and my) benefit, I’ve compiled the recommendations here, along with their video summaries. Here are some best books to learn about investing, suitable for beginners as a starting point all the way to experts to use as refresher material.

#1 – Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

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4 Things You Can Do If You Need Money URGENTLY in Malaysia

If you found this article from Google search, I’m guessing you’re either (a) desperate for money, (b) looking for easy money, or (c) both.

(although to be fair no one is NOT looking for easy money. )

If you’re (a) – desperate for money – my sympathies. This article is exactly for you. I can only imagine the mental stress you’re going through. Maybe you need money to pay rent this month. Maybe your car or house is about to get possessed by the bank. Maybe a sudden, unexpected medical bill wiped out your emergency savings.

And all the financial articles you read online… weren’t exactly helpful. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but ‘don’t get into the situation in the first place’ is a horrible thing to say to someone who’s going through the problem.

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All the Financial Tools I Use for My Own Money Management (Malaysia-Specific)

The other day I was listing out all the financial tools that I personally use for money management in my notebook, and the list got kinda long.

That got me thinking – all of you must have your own money management system, right? Even if it’s in your head, even if it’s messy. You know, more or less, that the money in account X is for daily use and the money in account Y is earmarked for, say, retirement.

I did that list because (1) it’s good to know exactly what I have and what I use it for and (2) I don’t want to accidentally forgot about an account, which happens more often than you’d think (that’s why there’s over RM5.77 billion in unclaimed money???).

So here you go – an article compiling all the financial tools I use for my own money management. Please don’t @ me if any of them sucks for you – they’re just the best option for my situation right now – I’m not loyal to any of them and happy to switch to better solutions as and when it suits me. Also please don’t take anything here as investment advice.

The financial tools are arranged in this order:

  • Bank account
  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • Pre-loaded/Loyalty cards
  • E-wallets
  • International money transfers/payments
  • Investment
  • Retirement
  • Insurance
  • Estate-planning
  • Accounting
  • Budgeting app
  • Other accounts with money inside it

Just to maintain some sort of neutrality, this article itself is free of referral links, but related articles and embedded social media posts may include links.

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How Zero Waste Malaysia Helps Me Save Money (& the Environment, A Little Bit)

Confession: I entered the zero waste world a few years ago for its money-saving potential.

It’s been great. The communities are helpful, warm, encouraging. I had fun testing and trying out new lifestyle changes inspired from members of the zero waste community, sustainable living community, low impact community and so on. Among others, they encouraged me to:

  • include more plants and grains in my diet,
  • use a menstrual cup,
  • carry my reusable water bottle when going out,
  • stay car-free,
  • keep used coffee grounds to use as fertiliser,
  • significantly reduce my fast-fashion shopping,
  • and even helped me stay smoke-free (no more cigarette butts waste!)
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Selling Online in Malaysia: My Book Sold Well So Here’s A Case Study

In February 2019, I released my first book, Money Stories from Malaysians Volume 1 after almost a year of working on it.

It made RM9.5k within 2 weeks.

selling online in malaysia

… Actually, it made over RM10k. I received some generous donations as well. For example..

I know. I didn’t believe it at first. Just stared at that text for a long time, digesting what just happened. And that’s not the only donation I received too. Including this amount, I can safely say that I’ve recovered all upfront costs, and then some.

To show you my gratitude, I would like to break down the details and behind-the-scenes of selling online in Malaysia in this article. My product is a book but you can apply the knowledge to anything else. Hope it’ll be useful for you, for your own ecommerce shop (now or future).

#1 – Calculating cost price – Beyond the printing cost

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Link Roundup #22: 10 Things to Know This Week

Accelerate your personal finance knowledge with this regular feature on Ringgit Oh Ringgit – the Link Roundup! I promise you’ll find these 10 links informational 🙂

1. The Batshit Lengths These Guys Go to Retire by Age 40 – MEL Magazine 

THIS. Finally someone said it. This is why I never identified with the FIRE community.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of FIRE (financial independence, retire early), I really do, but what they say and do can be too much. The FIRE community idolises FIRE gurus like Mr Money Moustache and Jacob Lund Fisker of Early Retirement Extreme, who promote extreme frugalism as a way of life.

That would be fine. You-do-you and all. But it *is* annoying when some male members of the community complain about how hard dating is for them. They want wives who find their extremely frugal life appealing – the unwashed clothes and all. They label women who want a little bit more in life as ‘gold diggers’, and thinks the majority of women are ‘shallow’ because we like pretty things.

Moderation. Is. Key.

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6 Reasons to PreOrder Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 NOW [ends 8 March 2019]

Holy shit this is happening. Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 is finally (almost) done!

At writing time, I’m in the midst of printing the physical copies and setting up accounts in ecommerce platforms beyond RoR platforms.

That’s not all. I still have to figure out the marketing and advertising, the contracts, the profit sharing methods, and a bunch of other stuff.

I was going to wait to sell the book until everything is done, but thanks for your advice, I have decided to proceed with the sales. Therefore I am happy to announce that the pre-order for Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 is OPEN NOW!

Just to clarify, the ebook version is now available. The book version will be available and shipped out by mid-March 2019.

Here are some reasons to make your pre-orders now 🙂

Reason #1 – You’re curious about any of the 10 storylines

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[SPONSORED] I Asked Hard Questions to the CEO of Funding Societies Malaysia

What does Mr-Stingy, Dividend Magic, KC Lau, Blackbelt Millionaire and myself have in common? Aside from the fact that we all maintain websites with personal finance content, that is.

All of us do P2P financing as one of our investments. We lend money to companies.

In particular, and most strikingly, all of us chose Funding Societies Malaysia as the P2P financing platform of choice (note: referral code. You get RM50, I get RM50).

My experience with Funding Societies Malaysia so far

(scroll down if you just want to read the interview with Kah Meng)

When Funding Societies Malaysia contacted me for a collaboration opportunity, I was excited. I was already an existing user, with RM10,000 in my account.

funding societies malaysia
My dashboard

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Link Roundup #18: 10 Things to Know This Week

Accelerate your personal finance knowledge with this regular feature on Ringgit Oh Ringgit – the Link Roundup! I promise you’ll find these 10 links informational 🙂

1. This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like – The Atlantic

One of my biggest fears in life is being forced to work to cover my living costs when I’m old and in pain. This article interviews people who are exactly in that situation.

Read the article, then note how you feel. For me, it was fear, helplessness and renewed motivation to work my ass off while I’m still young – in that order. If I have this much time to plan, I don’t have any excuse for letting the worst-case-scenario happen to me, do I?

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