It’s no secret that Asians love to save money. Specifically, Asian parents have their own unique ways to stay frugal. We’ve witnessed many thrifty hacks from years of experience of living with our parents and watching other family members. Thanks to them, we’ve grown to appreciate and learn some wise tips about financial management. Here are 7 things your Asian parents did to save money.
1. Grabbing *extra* sauce packets
From sauce packets to napkins to hotel supplies, there’s nothing wrong with saving a few extra freebies.
2. Using empty cartons as storage
If you’re Asian you probably have plenty of empty boxes or cartons lying around in your house. Why not use them for extra storage?
3. Bargain, bargain, bargain!
Asians have mastered the art of haggling to get amazing things for a good deal. The next time you go shopping with your parents, observe the techniques and skills they use to bargain. If you take away one thing from this article today, remember that you should never leave a public marketplace without haggling.
4. Cook at home
Do you really live in an Asian household if you don’t have some sort of vegetable garden in your backyard? Growing your own veggies and cooking at home is one of the best ways to save a lot money.
5. Or if you don’t feel like cooking, buffets are the way to go
However, if you ever feel like going out to eat, buffets are the way to go. Not only do you have plenty of options, but you also get all you can eat!
6. You can recycle everything
If there’s one thing our Asian parents taught us, it’s that everything can be recycled – even gifts. Before you throw something away, ask yourself “can this be reused?” An ice cream tub can store sardines, that pretty glass jar can be used as a pencil holder.
7. Freebies, bogos, discounts, promos, and sales are our best friends
If you see any of these 5 words or their synonyms, you know you’re at the right place.
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