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How to be FRUGALicious & maintain FRUGALicious like Hanz

The first time I heard the word ‘Frugalicious’ was from littlemama. Never know back then you can be frugal & delicious at the same time! Ha! Ha! Then, I realized, hey all these time, I am being frugal & maintaining delicious so it became Frugalicious. The word Frugalicious now becomes one of my favourite word.

Love to share with my Chit-chatters how I do my Frugalicious. Do take note though, that it probably applies to people with medium-income like me-lah (makan gaji) & if you can afford more, no need to follow my tips-lah. I might appear stingy & cheapskate to you but to me, I just being Frugalicious! To those who think what I’m about to share is useful, let me know, ya? Love to hear from you too!

DISCLAIMER : Not a paid advertisement or product reviews from any parties. Just my personal usage & sharing.

1. Items and necessities that you frequently used and must need in your life, switch from disposable to reusable. Most common example, tissues and baby wipes can be switch to cloth wipes, sanitary cloth pad to replace disposable pad and cloth diaper is cheaper compared to disposable diaper in the long run!

2. Obtain membership from those shops and stores that you frequent to so that you can collect points and redeem for discount voucher to be use on your next purchase or get discounted items by points deduction.

We always purchase VCDs & DVDs as one form of entertainment & homeschooling tools & Video Ezy help us save. I have redeemed many times for discount voucher & products too fromthe other outlets.

3. Get membership card like Bonuslink where you can collect points at many participating outlets and not only you will be able to redeem voucher and items but enjoy other benefits too.

So far, I bought lots of cheaper stuff using Parkson voucher. I remember there’s one time I only paid RM17 for Lego set for my boys after deduction through RM 50 Parkson voucher & 20% discount offered for RM100 plus off it’s original price. I bought lots of Fisher-Price toys too as I know Fisher Price toys is durable. Also many branded items like clothes and shoes by these way.

Now, after a year plus, having Tesco card, I am enjoying the cash rebate we have accumulated by points collected in using Reusable Bag Campaign. Plus, from time to time, products on offer would be informed to you.

4. Buy in bulk for items that you can’t live without like household cleaning items and toiletries.
You will save some money & spare it for others for your following month grocery trips. Buy refill instead as it is cheaper and you cut down wastage too.

As for us, we always buy refill for shower foam.

5. Use shopping voucher that you obtained from common stores like Parkson and Jaya Jusco to buy branded items.

6. Always do window shopping or online check-out peep-in on your favourite store as they might give offer that you will never know it could be good to you. Subscribe for newsletter for latest updates.

As for me I simply love book-shopping at Acmamall and I am one of their subscribers. They do not only make books that hard to get available but they always have sale and discount ongoing from time to time and rebates that you can obtain as they offer cashdollar deduction.

7. Go for second-best rate products but quality check hardly noticeable. You might fancy Coach handbags, Gucci sunglasses and Hush & Puppy shoes but nowadays many brick & mortar shop & even blogshops can offer lesser price for those branded items.

8. “All is RM 5” shop like Daiso & 100 Yen is a must-visit. You will never know what frugalicious items you might get from there. A visit to Flea Market, Garage Sale and Car Boot sale is a must too!

9.For an event, appointment, gathering or outing, try to wear at least one branded items that is definite an eye-catcher especially watch, shoes and handbag and accessories as well. Cleverly mix & match can camouflage the entire look and people usually will miss knowing you have put on cheap & expensive items together. Afterall, you are not Paris Hilton whom can afford to wear branded items from head to toe, right?

10. Never get tired of participating and entering as many contest as you like. Press your luck, crack your brain and hope for the best. You might win fantastic prizes!

Those are some of my winning prizes for these years!

Happy Frugalicious!

November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Hanz's Tips, Lifestyle on Money Matters


  1. our lifestyle almost the same la hanz! tak semestinye kena branded je baru leh frugalicious ye tak hehe

    Comment by Farah | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. ya betul tu Farah! Be a wise shopper & you shall be rewarded! Best dapat member sealiran cenggini! :>

    Comment by Hanz | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. salam sis Hanz..wah dpt belajar word baru hari ni which is FRUGAL . but x tengok dictionary lagi neh ! adoii..sis,1st time hearing ur nickname,ingat omputeh ke pan-asian ke tau,tambah plak sis speaking berabuk abisss! also not a big spender,always look for sales n discount stuffs. my hubby is using MESRA card by Petronas which we can redeem things , previously used ESSO card,yeah ! we can save on petrol using the redemption points !

    Comment by Ummi Hanie | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hanie, frugal tu jimat-cermat…tapi toksahlah jadi Hajjah Bakhil lak..duit bukannya boleh bawa ke akhirat pun…boleh live comfortably tanpa membazir & sekali sekala reward diri setelah penat cari duit apa salahnyer..itu sebab sesetengah benda kita boleh kurangkan kos…Sale saper x sukakan Hanie? he,he…

    Comment by Hanz | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. no 8 dgn no 10 tuh mmg i selalu amalkan hahaha..i guess u pun noticed me doing that 😉

    Comment by yatie chomeyl | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. first time tau frugal jugak la kkdg tu. but with ur tips, it helps me to become frugalicious.heheh..thanks HAnz..

    Comment by Dayah | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. Ya betul tu Yatie…it's adrenaline thrill bila join2 contest pastu menang..kalu x menang pun sronok jer kasi meriah! Daiso sana mesti lagi gempak yer Yatie?

    Comment by Hanz | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. Oh Dayah, your most welcome! Share yours tu,mesti ada yg takder dalam my senarai, kan? :>

    Comment by Hanz | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  9. frugalicious… mmg syok, jimat cermat tapi dalam masa yang sama takan tak boleh nak enjoy..I did no 1,no 2 no 3.. tu hubby punya la susah nak buat bila beli minyak shell, kene buat juga nie,no 4, I own one coach bag that's it, no 8 bila nak pergi nie and lastly no 10 dah lama tak buat.. haha.. I like your tips, mcm tak endah jea dengan bonuslink tu, kene start collect point lepas nie, boleh redeem macam2 yea

    Comment by nadnye | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  10. i'm a huge fan of daiso, $2 shop, preloved/vintage boleh bergaya, tp tak bankrupt. betul tak?br ni beli baju summer miya, preloved $1 each. borong sakan…

    Comment by Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  11. Nad, u got Coach?harus jugak rembat satu, aritu dah ushar2..& as always yg 2nd grade quality tapi rega tetap ratusan jugak…memang cun!bonuslink memang berbaloi-baloi!

    Comment by Hanz | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  12. Mama-Miya, kalu me kat situ pun, pastinya memborong! :>

    Comment by Hanz | November 20, 2009 | Reply

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