Many people try a variety of methods to save money, with varying results. But what they don’t realise is: while every little bit counts, a big splurge can easily offset those savings. I don’t know about you, but my brain justifies it like, “I’m already saving money via X, Y and Z. I can afford to make this more-expensive-than-average purchase”.
So I made a few rules of thumbs when it comes to where to splurge and where to skimp. It’s a very individual decision, everyone values different things but here are some of my ‘rules’.
In my Masterpost: How to save money in Malaysia article, I gave examples of what I personally did to save money. Some were successful, some were not. I thought it would be fun to list all the ways that I tried, and give them a rank. There will be four levels: easy, medium, hard, and impossible.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all the ways to save money in Malaysia. I don’t know much about how to save money on home ownership, for example, or how to save money for families. Regardless I think it can be a good start 🙂
I talk about money and currency all the time – things that are valuable; that has value. Beauty has value as well, and this post is all about that.
Makeup and skincare are something I took up seriously early on, but never really mastered. I’m still navigating this world. Some women are really good at it, and I salute them. If you don’t, it’s worth trying – wearing makeup (or at least good at grooming) may help you to earn more money, according to this research. There is financial benefit in being more attractive, so why not? Worth noting: the effect is similar to men, albeit a smaller boost.
I have 5 general rules when it comes to beauty. It may help you, it may not, but this is what helps to make beauty affordable to me.
First off, here’s a cool infographic on sample budgeting if one earns RM3,300 a month, with no dependents. The infographic is brought to you by CompareHero! Recently, they published my article on Bitcoin Debit Card Guide for Malaysians, so I’m returning the favour 🙂 It’s not hard, because I’m a big fan of their infographics in the first place.