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The One Thing You Should Spend Your Money On

The One Thing You Should Spend Your Money On

I’d always saved up every penny I earned.

For several reasons:

  1. My parents are both hardcore savers who taught me to stash my paychecks for the bigger things in the future.
  2. I started building my career 3 years ago and haven’t made much.
  3. I happen live in one of the most expensive places in America — Silicon Valley.

Because of this, I became more frugal with money and would only buy what I needed, which was groceries, gas, and utility bills. Everything else? Straight into my savings.

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    Of course there were times when my friends would ask me to eat lunch or dinner with them, and I’d get very tempted. But instead of spending $20+ on a meal (and possibly a drink afterwards?), I’d suggest coffee. I figured it was a good middle ground to satisfy both our interests. They’d have a companion to eat with. I’d have extra money in my pocket.

    Now I knew saving money was a good habit, but what was I saving for?

    A home? A car? My wedding?

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    Everyone aims for those achievements nowadays. And the thought of spending decades of my life working for things that are now considered “standard” by today’s expectations no longer inspires me to work (as) hard.

    Not to mention, our value of these things drop every passing year. Just think, are you going to be raving about your new home or car in the next 5, 10 years?

    Probably not.

    The thing is, too many of us in our 20s-30s focus too much on working and saving up every dollar that we forget how precious our youth is. We exhaust our minds. We sacrifice our health. We succumb to what everyone wants, simply because we believe that’s what makes life fulfilling.

    Only to realize, it’s not.

    Luckily, I’d found one thing that has made my life more meaningful and keeps me hard at work. And the best part is, it’s realistic with my budget and gives me a much longer payoff than the most expensive thing you can find on the market.

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    Travelling.

    Jeshoots_travel

      At first, I was shocked to see $4,500 on my bank statement. I mean I wasn’t there to splurge for fun, but mainly to work for my startup.

      But as soon as I thought about all the things I’d learned from my trip in the last 3 months, it made every dollar seem well spent.

      My experiences in a nutshell

      I learned how to protect my valuables from pickpocketers
      From what people told me, I had to be extra careful around the places I stayed: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

      I learned that Southeast Asia has a ridiculous number of coffeeshops and cafes, almost one on every corner. AND they offer free wifi! Surprisingly, many restaurants offer free wifi too (super convenient if you want to eat and work in one place).

      Luka
        One of my favorite coffeeshops in Thailand: Luka.

        I learned Uber is the cheaper ride option, but Grabtaxi has more reliable drivers.

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        I learned Cheapflights offer the cheapest flight deals.
        My cheapest trip was $63 from Thailand to Vietnam.

        I learned how to take the subway train and Skytrain without getting lost (after the 8th time).

        thai_skytrain
          The BTS “Skytrain” in Bangkok, Thailand.

          I learned to trust my gut more than the mouths of locals. 
          Usually, they’d lead me towards the wrong direction when I asked where [restaurant/coffeeshop/train stop] was or show me the wrong item in the store. And that’s because we had a huge language barrier, so most things I’d say would be misinterpreted.

          I learned over 50% of Malaysians are Muslim.
          That explains why a lot of Malaysian restaurants displayed signs with “pork-free!”

          malaysia_cafe
            Locals enjoying a midnight snack at a cafe in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

            I learned that Thai people are some of the nicest, most laid-back people you’ll ever meet in the world. They don’t judge you based on your ethnicity or your beliefs. In fact, they thought I was one of them (even though I’m Chinese). :)

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              My Thai BFF and Airbnb host—one of the coolest people I’ve ever met.

              I learned you can negotiate 20–30% less from the original price in Thailand. And that walking away isn’t an effective strategy to help you seal the deal.

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              I learned theft is more common in Vietnam. If I walked into a supermarket, an employee would fasten a cable tie on my backpack zippers and cut it when I got to the register. That was to prevent stealing.

              vietnam_theft
                How Vietnamese prevent shoplifters in supermarkets.

                Travelling gives you more stories to tell, more friends to connect with, and experiences no one else could have.

                Isabella_Bruce

                  If I could go back, I’d have travelled earlier (in my early 20s). There’s just so much you learn as you walk down the streets, hop on the bus, eat at a cafe, and watch how people interact. Not many people in this world can afford this kind of luxury. So if you have the opportunity and money to, take it from me and book that trip you’ve been dying to go to.

                  After all, you only have one life to make the most out of yourself!

                  One Last Thing…

                  Mind if you do me a sweet favor, and share this article if you enjoyed it? It’d mean the world to me.

                  Featured photo credit: Ashley Schweitzer via minimography.com

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                  Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                    84 write random letter

                      85 use a rubberband

                        86 dorm smell bad

                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                91 iron inside out

                                  92 old newspaper

                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                      keep a card like this

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                                          94 soap bar

                                            95 make a hole

                                              96 drop the battery

                                                97 use a coozie

                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                              user binder clips

                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                              38

                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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