Thursday, 23 January 2014

The 5 ways all Dubai Expats waste money

We've all been guilty of this at one point or another, here are some quick surefire ways to save money in Dubai now!  
1 -Morning coffees, Cigarettes and Eating Out at Work.
Spending AED 16 - 25 everyday on that morning Extra Skinny, Double Shot, Skip the Cream, Extra Foam Hazelnut Cappuccino is a big no-no. Seriously, that's about AED 550 a month.

And for you pack-a-day smokers, that's about AED 300 a month.
(YAY i quit so now I can preach :P )


As for Eating out, if your just spending AED 20 a day at MC Donald's that's AED 450 a month on LUNCH. Forget Breakfast, Dinner, Snacks, Beverages, Sushi Meetings and the like.

If you spend AED 250 at the supermarket and bring your own food you've save 200 a month.
 Your welcome, I've just saved you AED1,000.

Have to Get Through The Day Somehow

 2- Not Driving Economically
Yea yea, we live in an oil rich country. Fuel is cheap compared to the rest of the world. So you drive like you don't have care in the world.Driving like a jerk means that you use too much fuel, your passengers are uncomfortable, your sex appeal drops by 2000%.

Also, turning the AC on too high, not maintaining your car, and keeping the tire pressure at optimum uses up more fuel.

I saved AED 50 a week , and I still drive like a jerk (well not all the time)

Find out how to drive economically here
3- Setting the AC too low at home
Setting your AC Temperature at home to 24 degrees celsius can reduce your electricity bill, not to mention you help hurt the world less.

I saved AED 100 by doing this (I used to keep mine at 18 degrees celsius, I now keep it at 22 degrees celsius)

Find out more tips on DEWA's page here


When You Don't Want to be on Camera but Have to Walk Through the Shot

4 - Keeping the water heater on
All those appliances you aren't using but leave in hibernation mode (like your laptop, tv, and washing machine) all use up electricity at home and rack up your electric bill
-Also, don't leave your AC on all day

Plus if the building electrics suddenly implode, your appliances will be safe :) 



5- Buying Groceries at "High-end" supermarkets
Stop shopping at Waitrose, Spinneys, Geant Express and Carrefour Express. 
Your best bet? Buy your groceries at the veg souk (It's real!) and your other items at  The Union Co-op. Trust Me, you could save anywhere from 10% - 40% off your bill.

Trust me, you're friends aren't going to ask you to prove where you bought your groceries from.

Check out the top 10 cheapest supermarkets here
 
Goodluck! Share your tips with me and then we can be cheapo friends! Who never call each-other cuz we never have credit, like ever.



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