Thursday, October 08, 2009

Time to Save!


October is here and before we know it, Christmas will come around followed by the New Year. We don't celebrate Christmas but B and I will exchange gifts just for the fun of it. The gifts are usually small and this year I thought I'd save a little by making him a homemade gift. I'm not crafty but I did see some great ideas for
cheap presents online that are easy to make. It may cost less but just as meaningful especially when it comes from my heart. love

B and I always try to go for a mini getaway towards the end of the year and since we already went on our big vacation in Tokyo a few months back, this next one would be on a much-smaller scale. Money is tight nowadays especially after our shopping spree in Japan and with everything from food to clothes and even pet toys experiencing a price surge, I've been trying to figure out ways we can save more money for our vacation starting by reducing our electricity bill.

We don't have to worry about heating costs since winter does not rear its freezing cold head here in sunny Malaysia. However, there is the cooling cost of our air-conditioner, which needs a little trimming. It's been extra hot lately so I've been using the AC almost every night, which is not like me since the cold usually triggers a sinus attack. I hope we get some breeze soon so I won't have to rely on the AC so much. Otherwise I might have to resort to payday loans to help foot our mounting electricity bill!garupale

I've also made an early new year resolution to cook more instead of spending a bomb dining outside so it's time to stock up my fridge, take out my recipe books and get busy in the kitchen! Cooking at home can save quite a huge chunk from our monthly spending so this is also another way I'm trying to save towards our vacation fund. Smileys

It seems that I have my money-saving plan all figured out but the big question remains - Where should we go for our vacation? I'm thinking Penang since I've never been there and I hear the food is sinfully delicious so hopefully B feels the same way. Until then, thanks for reading and what are your plans for the upcoming year-end festive season?


-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


GAGAY
MONICA
NESSA

104 comments:

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:49 AM

:'( :'( :'( :'(

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:50 AM

good morning GP!

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:50 AM

..just woke up! *yawn* :-D

Monica,  October 08, 2009 7:51 AM

:* :* :* :*

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:52 AM

merry christmas, in advance GP! ;)

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:53 AM

me too..need to save coz a lot of goddaughters and sons already.. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Monica,  October 08, 2009 7:53 AM

i celebrate Christmas! :-P

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:54 AM

morniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing te mon! :*

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Nessa,  October 08, 2009 7:54 AM

Chopppppppp!! Dapat ka??? =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:54 AM

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

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Nessa,  October 08, 2009 7:55 AM

oh no! Xmas time is like throwing $$ time Marzie. I need more PB's!!! :-$ :-$

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Monica,  October 08, 2009 7:55 AM

Morning Mariuca! :-D
SR PB is it? *DONT_KNOW*

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Monica,  October 08, 2009 7:56 AM

morniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing Gagay! :-D

gagay,  October 08, 2009 7:58 AM

need to take mah shower te mon and GP! ill be back! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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Anonymous,  October 08, 2009 8:06 AM

Just saw your tweet,
Good Morning to U :)
I´m doing a nightowl blogging night :)
Many hugs!

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Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:10 AM

GG FC1! :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:10 AM

Morning GG, rise and shine!

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:10 AM

Wakey wakey sleepyhead, hope u are well rested now. I haven zzzzz… :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:11 AM

Monica FC2! :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:11 AM

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas GG! :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:11 AM

He he how many goddaughters n godsons u have now GG???

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:12 AM

Of coz u do Mon, merry Christmas to u! :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:12 AM

Nessa FC3! Dapat satu chop this month yay! :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:12 AM

Thanks for the early morning chop ladies, love ya! :)

Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:16 AM

Ok GG enjoy ur hot shower...I'll have mine later after I wake up he he! ;) ;) =-O =-X :-[

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Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:17 AM

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

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Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:22 AM

Dat's why Nessa cause u celebrate kan aiyooooo sure many things to buy for Christmas. I hope u get more PBs this month okay? :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

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Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:23 AM

Morning Monica, yeah this the SR one hehehhehe! :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

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Mariuca,  October 08, 2009 8:24 AM

Good morning Mize, so nice to see u here this lovely Thursday. Wow night owl blogging tonight? I just might join u sweetie he he! :* :* :* :*

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laketrees,  October 08, 2009 8:48 AM

hello Mariuca
you can always holiday down under ...hint hint :)

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laketrees,  October 08, 2009 8:50 AM

my last electric bill was $1200.00 ... =-O >:o :'(

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laketrees,  October 08, 2009 8:52 AM

great gift site :*
I'll have to save this for xmas 8-)

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:52 AM

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'( i only slept 2 hours GP! >:o

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:53 AM

yayks! :*

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:53 AM

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:53 AM

:* :* :* :* :*

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:54 AM

i already have 2 godsons and 4 goddaughters..all are kids of my high schools classmates and friends :*

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:54 AM

merry christmass too GP! mah gift!?!?! :(

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 8:55 AM

congrats te ness! FC3! :* weeeeeeeee made it! ;) cheers!

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laketrees,  October 08, 2009 8:58 AM

we have been saving heaps (time and money) by eating big bowls of home made chicken & veggie soup...
we make it up at the beginning of the week and freeze it..
I'll have to post the recipe on my blog :) :)

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elai,  October 08, 2009 9:58 AM

:* :* :* :* :*

elai,  October 08, 2009 9:58 AM

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'( never chopped here yet!

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ayie,  October 08, 2009 12:24 PM

:* :* :*

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ayie,  October 08, 2009 12:24 PM

time to save...another gift giving months to come =)

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ayie,  October 08, 2009 12:25 PM

so still undecided with your vacation? well as long as you're with B then it's all ok wherever that may be.

goodnight from here. I need to log out now :* :*

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Anonymous,  October 08, 2009 1:45 PM

What! You've not been to Penang? Oh, then you must go lah but make sure you don't stay in haunted hotels like what happened to me last time ;)

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foongpc,  October 08, 2009 1:46 PM

Aiya! Forgot to enter my name! I thought it's automatic since they already feature my avatar!

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foongpc,  October 08, 2009 1:46 PM

Yes, must save, save, save for vacation. It's worth it especially if you stay in luxury hotels!

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foongpc,  October 08, 2009 1:47 PM

Me? I prefer to splurge on the food! LOL!

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foongpc,  October 08, 2009 1:48 PM

Wah! Ypu exchange presents during Christmas? You should get a Christmas tree for your home you know. Err....but is it allowed in your home? Just a tree only what! Doesn't mean you embrace Christianity right? :)

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foongpc,  October 08, 2009 1:50 PM

Maybe if you have a Christmans Tree, and a stocking hanging somewhere, you might get a visit from Santa Claus. I don't think he cares whether you are a Christian or not! LOL!!

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Anonymous,  October 08, 2009 2:53 PM

I tried to leave my comment here earlier on...but I couldn't. :p If not I would have been the FC! :(

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Anonymous,  October 08, 2009 2:54 PM

Yeah! It's time to save right? Hahaha :D I'm trying my best to save more money right now. :p

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LadyJava,  October 08, 2009 3:01 PM

:* :* :* :* :* :*

LadyJava,  October 08, 2009 3:01 PM

Good morning dearie.. I just woke up. lol.. i slept around subuh.. hehehe

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LadyJava,  October 08, 2009 3:01 PM

wow.. another vacation.. best nya... but really need to save kan.. wishing you luck dearie!

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LadyJava,  October 08, 2009 3:10 PM

wah cooking it seems.. bagus bagus.. we also need to save money lah

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Shinade Aka Jackie,  October 08, 2009 10:04 PM

Good evening GP! But good morning from over here!!

Shinade Aka Jackie,  October 08, 2009 10:05 PM

Running my adgi's. I just woke up and had to come visit!! have a good night all snuggled up with your kitties. That is unless B is home and then you two will be snuggling!! :* :* :* :*

gagay,  October 08, 2009 10:07 PM

:* :* :* :* :*

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 10:10 PM

ok lng yan buntis! ;)

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 10:13 PM

u always chop naman in mine! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 10:14 PM

why lah guest tekkaus?

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 10:14 PM

:* :* :* :* :* LJ!

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gagay,  October 08, 2009 10:22 PM

;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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Rizal,  October 08, 2009 10:24 PM

I am trying to save money too.

Hopefully i can save and save and save, then later shop and shop n shop. haha.

But, yeah, i am on a tight budget now. tee hee :-D :-D

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Rizal,  October 08, 2009 10:26 PM

Marzie, pergi penang okay jugak tu.

Hari tu pergi penang untuk kerja - lupa pulak bercuti sambil bekerja atau bekerja sambil bercuti. Malam syioknya, di Batu feriinggi tu ada jualan macam2 barang, macam downtown, meriah tgk barang.

Makan seafood pun murah. Ehh tak tahu murah ke tidak tapi gerai yang kami makan murah, sebab banding harga dengan KL. haha :-D :-D

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oes tsetnoc,  October 12, 2009 2:26 PM

Save money for christmas!!! 8-)

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Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:02 AM

Have u started saving yet Oes? ;)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:41 AM

LJ! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:42 AM

U saving for something big Tekkaus??

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:42 AM

Wah really Tekkaus? Nemind, try again next post okay? :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:44 AM

Hohoho! We had a small Christmas tree once Foong just for fun he he!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:44 AM

Wats lng yan buntis GG??

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:44 AM

Thanks GG!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:45 AM

B is home now Jackie, thanks for stopping by! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:45 AM

Morning for real now Jackie lol…hope ur having a good week so far, nothing too strenuous on ur end? :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 6:45 AM

Yeah lor LJ, hafta start cooking more hoho!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:06 AM

I see u GG!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:06 AM

Tekkaus has been here as Guest lately huhuhu! ;)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:07 AM

Tenkiu LJ, sure la need to save so can bervakasi sakan nanti yeeeha!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:08 AM

Morning LJ, I am still up!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:08 AM

I bet my kitties would love to have a Christmas tree Foong, sure won stay decorated long he he!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:09 AM

We oso love splurging on food Foong, dats why need to save a lot for our next vacation!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:09 AM

When are u planning ur next vacation Foong??

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:10 AM

Dunno why ur name doesn appear sometimes even with the avatar Foong, JS has gone bonkers! ;)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:14 AM

$1200 for electricity Kim??? Yowzaaaaaaaaa!!! How come so high?

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 7:16 AM

Hi Kim! I would loooooooooooove to visit Aussie again…sigh! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:29 AM

I am waiting for your yummy-sounding chic & vege soup recipe Kim, when will that be??? :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:37 AM

Thanks for checking out the gift site Kim, happy making gifts hohoho! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:52 AM

Hey now got 1 chop edi right Elai? Yay!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:52 AM

Morning Elai!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:54 AM

Ur doing so well this month GG, go GG go!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:54 AM

Ur gift GG??? I’m getting u a BF remember? ROTFLMAO!!! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:55 AM

Wah so many godkids u have GG!!! No wonder la have to buy so many gifts ha ha!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 8:55 AM

Oh no 2 hours only GG? Sure not enuff zzzzz then, go back to sleep! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 9:15 AM

Nice to see u here Ayie!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 9:16 AM

Oh yeah, u have to start saving for all the Christmas gifts Ayie! :)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 9:16 AM

Nite nite Ayie, thanks for coming by… yeah la still undecided on our vacation destination..budget has to be right too.. ;)

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 9:18 AM

I’ve never been to Penang Foong! How can like dat right? Ha hahah oh no….which one is the haunted hotel la wei???? :(

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 9:19 AM

Rizal, boleh la BD since tight budget right now h eh e! Ke podah with the BD?? Hahahha!

Mariuca,  October 13, 2009 9:21 AM

Mmg nak pi Penang ni Rizal sebab nak makan2 tanpa BD he he…and mesti murah kan the food? Yum!!

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