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How thrifty/kiam siap can a person get?

Postby auntieM » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:00 pm

Just like to find out more about thrifty habits from all. Maybe can pick up a few good 'tricks' along the way. :wink:

Cheers :celebrate:

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Postby MMM » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:07 pm

I am trying to think of what my pils do :

* Be a karung guni. Keep stuff for years and years. Who knows you might need it one day and you don't need to buy a new one.
* Avoid taxi even if you can afford it. Always take bus or MRT.
* For things that are out of order, try to repair it yourself. Keep repairing and repairing until it's beyond redemption.
* If it ain't broken, don't throw away.
* Keep leftover for next few meals until it's finally consumed. This includes few pieces of meat/ vegetables.

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Postby auntieM » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:34 pm

:rotflmao:

Your PILs must have a very big house to start with....

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Postby MMM » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:39 pm

auntieM wrote::rotflmao:

Your PILs must have a very big house to start with....


No... a 5 room flat. But guess what after moving twice, things that they have 30++ yrs ago still appeared in our current place. My sil was shocked and said.... hey I saw this before in the old house (before she got married). :shock: I choose to close one eye. But I think their thriftiness helped them to save $$$. My fil is retired and financially independent.

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Postby autumnbronze » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:37 pm

MMM wrote:I am trying to think of what my pils do :

* Be a karung guni. Keep stuff for years and years. Who knows you might need it one day and you don't need to buy a new one.
* Avoid taxi even if you can afford it. Always take bus or MRT.
* For things that are out of order, try to repair it yourself. Keep repairing and repairing until it's beyond redemption.
* If it ain't broken, don't throw away.
* Keep leftover for next few meals until it's finally consumed. This includes few pieces of meat/ vegetables.


Same same and more lah with my PILs.

* Leftover food will be used as long as not gone bad.

* They switch off hot water flask b4 going to bed.

* Recycle rice water and fruit peels for their garden

* Dilute half of handwash liquid with little water to make it last. The other half, they use when 1st half finish

* Don't switch on electrical devices like fan etc unless cannot tahan ...

Got a few more examples lah, but I think I will be impinging on their privacy if I mention them :D :D

And like MMM's ILs, they are V self-sufficient financially. And that is also how they also managed to send 2 kids for overseas education w/o taking a huge huge loan.

They also managed to move from a 4 room HDB flat to a house. In fact, it is thanks to my MIL. She worked REALLY hard giving tuition, to the extent of walking and not taking the bus if she could, to save that few cents.

But that said, they are v v generous (not to the extent of spoiling though) to their own kids .... its only towards themselves that they are thrifty. I think its because they came from a humble backgrd and that humility never left them even aft they "upgraded" in life.

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Postby tankee » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:45 pm

autumnbronze wrote:.......

* Leftover food will be used as long as not gone bad.

* They switch off hot water flask b4 going to bed.

* Recycle rice water and fruit peels for their garden

* Dilute half of handwash liquid with little water to make it last. The other half, they use when 1st half finish

* Don't switch on electrical devices like fan etc unless cannot tahan ...

.....



hey ... that's being GREEN right ? :?

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Postby autumnbronze » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:51 pm

tankee wrote:hey ... that's being GREEN right ? :?


Agree, but to them, its these little things that make them save money here and there.

So maybe I can also say that they were the pioneers of recycling then??? :D

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Postby auntieM » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:53 pm

:salute: :salute:

In my cousin's house you only flush the loo if its big bizness.....
Ewe.....The fact that they have 3 boys and ventlation not too good in their house.....the stench is unforgettable

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Postby tankee » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:07 pm

auntieM wrote::salute: :salute:

In my cousin's house you only flush the loo if its big bizness.....
Ewe.....The fact that they have 3 boys and ventlation not too good in their house.....the stench is unforgettable



:!: :faint:

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Postby jedamum » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:14 pm

auntieM wrote:In my cousin's house you only flush the loo if its big bizness.....
Ewe.....The fact that they have 3 boys and ventlation not too good in their house.....the stench is unforgettable

stench is due to ventilation, poor aiming etc.
when my boys misaimed, those droplets can create a stench within hours despite they flushed the toilet.
when i was living with my parents before i got married, we only flush when doing big business, and doing small biz, we used recycled water (rainwater, washing machine water etc) and there was no stench at all.

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