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If our income is $3K a month, we could get a 6.6% raise!

Monday, September 1, 2014

People sometimes wonder if it takes a lot of time to prepare food to bring to work. It surprises people to find out that actually it could take very little time. It is very easy to cook oatmeal and to make sandwiches, for examples.

It could take 15 or 20 minutes to make some sandwiches to last us for a few days each time we do it. Therefore, the time taken to prepare meals on a per meal basis is actually very little. (See related post #2.)

Oatmeal takes very little time to prepare too. (See related post #1.)

So, join me for some home made lunch?

What's this?

Bread, cheese, lettuce and ham. Yummy!

Evidence of me chomping away.

Cost? Probably $1.00 or a bit more.

Whenever I ask people to try making their own lunch to bring to work, a common reason for not even trying is that they don't have the time or energy to do it.

Well, I understand that it is more convenient to simply buy cooked food outside but there is always a price to pay for convenience. We might want to ask if the price we pay for convenience is too high.

High, higher, highest. It is all relative, isn't it? So, if our gross salary is $3,000 a month and we spend $450 a month eating out at work (15% of our gross income), is that too high? I don't know about you but it seems like a lot to me.

Of course, for someone who makes $10,000 a month, that same $450 monthly spending on food at work is more manageable, everything else remaining equal.

All our circumstances are probably different and saving a couple of hundred dollars a month might not look like much to some people but to the vast majority of working Singaporeans, I believe that it does make a difference.

A dollar saved is a dollar earned and, for someone who makes $3,000 a month, if he could save an extra $200 each month, it is like getting a 6.6% salary increment each month. Is that not good to have?

Related posts:
1. It takes only a few minutes to cook oatmeal.
2. Prepare 6 gourmet sandwiches at one go.


Ray said...

Perhaps not so good to always eat processed food e.g. spam / luncheon meat / ham?

save money in the short run may hurt the health in the long run.

AK71 said...

Hi Ray,

I have not had SPAM or luncheon meat in a long time. Ham? Maybe once every month or two. I much prefer tuna:Home made sandwich. ;p

Ray said...

good to know :)
as long as the ingredients used to make the sandwiches are healthy and not processed, definitely good to home-make :)

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