Posts Tagged ‘asianbargainlady blog’

Drive My Car

February 27, 2013

Page_6ABL gravitated to the HONDA FIT because of the bang for my buck.  Before purchasing the car, there were a few things ABL had to consider.  These are not meant to scare anyone, just to make people aware of additional expenses that creep up.

1. PARKING : Where is your car going to live? (If you do not have a garage, you may have to pay extra)
FORMULA
$X = MONTHLY PARKING HOME + MONTHLY PARKING WORK + MONTHLY PARKING STREET/GARAGE x 12
2. USAGE : Where do you plan to drive your car?
FORMULA
Y = (APPX DISTANCE per MONTH) + (VACATION DRIVES APPX DISTANCE per Month) x 12
3. GAS, OIL and MAINTENANCE : What is you car going to eat to stay alive and how often do you plan on grooming it (car wash)?
GAS = Y/ YOUR CAR’S MILES PER GALLON
Z = GAS + (OIL CHANGE x 4 QUARTERS) + MAINTENANCE
4. INSURANCE and REGISTRATION
I = INSURANCE + REGISTRATION

ADD:
ADDITIONAL EXPENSE = $X + $Z + $I

*If you are buying a used car over 6 years add $S for SMOG TEST

Something also to note, what is the value of your time? The nice thing about having a car is your don’t have to wait for public transportation and you get from POINT A to B faster. However, sometimes it’s better to take public transportation because parking can be a nightmare. If you live downtown (places like San Francisco or NYC), sometimes is more economical to just take public transportation.

Is it worth getting a car for you?

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The Power of the Banana

February 26, 2013

IMG_2576Did you ever stop and think how amazing the banana is?

A few years ago it was a hot commodity because of the banana diet.  I never followed the diet.  However, came across it again recently on ABL’s discovery of the awesomeness of the simplicity of the banana and what a great resource it is in these tough economic times.

The banana is:
– cheap ranging from $0.19 to $1.00 ($1.00 is really a rip off)
– a fruit already packaged. No ziplocs required. The edible piece is already self contained. Whoever designed the banana deserves kudos for the hand friendly peelable outer structure with the bright identifiable color.
– 75 to 135 calorie count (depending on banana size)
– great health benefits

These days, ABL always has a banana in her purse.  Easy to eat during the day if ABL forgets she can always head over to a store to buy one.  Great monkey (Nomo) food and a handy weapon to have when traveling on public  transportation.

Good health is start of good wealth!

Thank You!

February 24, 2013

 

ABLTHANKYOUABL and Nomo just wanted to say THANK YOU!

It’s been fifteen days since the launch.  Thanks to everyone who visited the site, gave awesome feedback, encouragement and bought the bags!

Keep on coming with the suggestions!  Watch out for more exciting content and products!

Feel free to download the image and say THANK YOU to someone today!

 

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

February 20, 2013

Page_4“Nuts, bolts, and inspiration too. Once again, Guy delivers, kicking the shiitake out of anyone who would tell you that you shouldn’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t write a book.”
-Seth Godin

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book
Guy Kawasaki‘s new book on how to self publish.
As the Seth Godin says, the tools are out there, there are no more excuses. It’s the era of creation, DIY, if you have something to say…MAKE IT, WRITE IT, and SHARE IT! The tools are out there.

Connect with Guy on Facebook or join the ABL Group for more books and insights and how to’s.

It’s the THOUGHT that counts

February 19, 2013

Page_3It’s the THOUGHT that counts.  When you can’t afford to buy a gift, don’t beg, borrow or steal.  Be upfront and honest about it.  You can always MAKE SOMETHING CREATIVE.

What was the most creative gift you gave?

Value is diffrent from Price

February 18, 2013

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Money and entrepreneurship should be taught at a young age.
Money is not the be all and end all however it is essential in order for one to survive in today’s society.

 

Day After Valentine’s Day Sale

February 17, 2013

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I went to Target to check out theirDay After Valentine’s Day Sale post Valentine’s Day sale.

50% off most items.
30% off candies.

Best Deals:
LEGO POLYBAGS for $1.99
NORDIC BAKEWARE COOKIE TRAY for $4.99
SOCKS (2 pairs) $2.50

I picked up above mentioned and put them into the shopping cart including the heart shape bowl, sugar cookies and Nordic Cake Pop tray. Before I walked over to the cash register, I looked at the SMART SHOPPING BAG and thought:

Do I really need all of this?

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Smart Shopping Bag

February 16, 2013

IMG_2821ABL Smart Shopping Bag arrived in the mail.
To those of you who ordered the bag, a big THANK YOU!

It Starts with a Habit

February 15, 2013

Do you always buy items on SALE and the have buyer’s remorse?

Does this happen often?

If it does, it has most likely become a HABIT.

SMART SHOPPING is all about creating good habits and guess what, AsianBargainLady is proof one can change habits and learn how to SMART SHOP.

ABL came across an awesome technique provided by Charles Duhigg.

How-to-Change-a-HabitThe Power of Habit

In my previous post I mentioned it’s the feeling obtained from the sale purchase.

How about switching that feeling to something better.

Here’s a suggestion. Let’s say you see a 50% off DEAL a $20.00 Purchase.
Ask the questions listed in the ABL reusable bag.
Instead of THINKING of
+$10.00 amount of savings on your receipt.
THINK of
-$10.00 in your bank account for an item you won’t use
the item all dusty sitting in your living space.

Try it out for yourself and see if it works!

It’s All About Love ♥

February 14, 2013

HAPPYVDAY021413Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day of LOVE.
SMART SHOPPERS Love and Value themselves.
In turn they are able to Love and Value others and make smart shopping decisions.

Do you love yourself?

ABL TIP: If you have an upcoming party, post Valentine’s Day sales are great for party favors or goodie bags.  Red is an awesome color for a birthday party!