Cook at home, they say. Then you’ll save money, they say.
Then why is the groceries bill still too damn high?
I personally got myself into this predicament – in April 2019 I found myself spending RM767.95 for groceries?!? For one person?!
Because it *was* abnormally high, I told myself to get my shit together. It kind of worked – in May 2019, the amount went down to RM480.20. Guestimating 100 homemade meals a month, that’s RM4.80 per meal.
And – not to brag or anything – I eat well. My meals tend to be healthy, I try my best not to sacrifice nutrition. I think I’m doing well, because I haven’t been sick in years actually.
Here are some changes I made to lower my high groceries bill. As the numbers show you, they worked!
The deflation IS JUST FOR JANUARY 2019. As someone on Ringgit Oh Ringgit FB rightfully pointed out, one month’s stats is not a trend made. Plus, the deflation only occurred because Transport category fell so much (-7.8%).
But still, while we’re on the topic, I wanted know if deflation is good or bad. Learning opportunity and all right. This short video is the easiest way to learn about the effect of deflation.
I hope this deflation trend doesn’t get out of hand.
Surprising fact no 1: There are (at least) five active ride-sharing apps operating in the Malaysian market. Five!
They are: Grab, MyCar, MULA, EZCab and Dacsee. LOVE this article comparing the prices plus waiting times for each of them. I’m already a Grab and MyCar user – I think I’ll install EZCar too because the price looks pretty good.
Some people love grocery shopping. Some people don’t.
I happen to belong to the first camp. I LOVE grocery shopping. It’s fun to go to the hypermarket and pick between yellow and red onions haha.
When I first started to budget, my initial research was all about how to save money on groceries before I ‘graduated’ to other topics.
There are lots of ways to save money on groceries in Malaysia. In this guide, I will share what I know. I hope you’ll find it useful for your next shopping trip. I divided this article into helpful shopping tools to have and things to do before, during and after the trip.
Grocery Hauls! I’m going to talk about my grocery shopping habits today!
I absolutely love grocery shopping. Generally I am very strict with myself about spending, but grocery is where I allow myself to be more open to trying out new experiences or products.
Based on this post where I broke down my spending habits for 12 months on a RM3500 salary, I calculated that I spent an average of RM286.29 per month on groceries.
Given my diet, which I think is pretty healthy, I think that I’m doing pretty well budgeting for groceries. Let’s do a quick calculation.
Simplifying it, there are 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). I’m going to make it into 4 (+snacks) because I snack a lot. I snack at least once a day, and more often than not multiple times a day, so this is a lowball figure. 30 days x 4 meals = 120 meals a month. Out of those meals, let’s say I eat out for 20 meals a month. So that means that I don’t eat out for 100 meals a month.
This means that my average meal costs me RM2.86 (RM286.29 / 100 meals). A mere RM2.86!