Blue Ocean Shift in My Spending 2

Continued from part 1

The second shift: Make what you can

There are a handful of things that take minimal effort to make.

Most of us in Malaysia know how to make good chilli or tomato-based sauce, but we tend to buy cream-based sauce or powder. This trend perplexed me as a cream-based sauce is much easier to make. The ready-made options are relatively expensive and high in sodium.

Making cream soup mix is effortless, as easy as mix what you can. You start with a base of 2 cups milk powder,  1/2 cup cornstarch (or 1 cup of flour), salt, onion powder, garlic powder and some herbs. Store the mix in a vacuum container, and use about a tablespoon for a 100ml water.

The third shift: Forget the brand

Forgetting brands is the hardest shift, at least for me. It takes a lot to detach myself from being brand conscious. I believe that food branding is a good thing, especially for frozen and fresh food. It’s an assurance of quality, safety and taste. I have worked in the FMCG industry; there are a lot of food that is not of the quality they claim.

For highly processed food, I don’t mind the brand that much because they are equally less nutrient and high in sugar or sodium. WHO recommendations for daily sugar intake is 25g a day. A tin of coke contains 35g of sugar, a tin of A&W, 39g and the recent hype on milo - 17g a tin. Goodday milk is 15-17g.

But branding is terrible for the wallet when it comes to fashion and accessories, especially when you buy something out of pride or ego.  I do this by setting a maximum figure of how much I willing to pay for an item and knowing what my minimum standard is. I would pay RM60 for a banana republic top but not RM40 for some no brand top. Nevertheless, if you could live without thinking about the subtle things in life, RM20 would save you a lot in the long run.

The fourth shift: Buy the samples

Love luxury beauty products? Consider buying travel size that is more value driven. I go further on the bang by purchasing original samples. How do you know it’s authentic? Not a pure science but find reputable sellers or boot sale stash. And always try the real item in the store before you scout for samples, so you don't risk putting hazardous chemicals on your face.

Makeup is more prone to fakes, so wear less or opt for a drugstore brand. Niche skin care brands are usually good to thrift because no sellers import fake ones. My rule is no more than a quarter of the original price.

That's what I learn from reading the blue ocean shift, hope you learned something too. 

End of part 2.