Thursday, 23 October 2008 @ 5.31pm
I found out today that my colleague put down a RM30,000 down payment for her car. My first reaction to that was, "Holy mother of God!" How did she manage to do this? By saving money! Sounds simple enough isn't it? She didn't get help from her parents. She didn't work three jobs (as I did when I was saving for my car) and she didn't rob a bank.
In the past, I have tried to save money every month - a little bit here and there and whenever I felt I could afford it. But then I realised that the reason why I cannot save as I'd like to is because of my lifestyle! My colleague managed to save RM30k because she is (as bad as it may sound) a miser. She's faithful to two things outside of work - going to the gym and her Japanese lesson classes. That's it. If she goes out, it's to the mamak where she's really able to save on food. She also has enough left over to go on holidays at least twice a year. However, when she does go, she will only spend on items that she feels are 'cheap' enough. If I saw a baju kebaya that costed RM200, I would take it into consideration, look at the material, label, etc. In the end, I'd buy it. She wouldn't.
I have spent ridiculous amounts on shoes (which I really shouldn't) and I've almost gone hungry for a month when I bought a handbag. But I feel that I've worked my ass off and I deserve some sort of reward. But how do handbags and shoes compare to RM30k for a car? I should really re-look into my whole belief on rewards. Hmm...Can I count books as a good reward? ;P