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Jackie Bolen's picture
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Frugal Living Tips

What are your top 3 frugal living tips?

Here's my list of 101 tips in Korea: top 3 are:

1.Love the stay-cation! A jaunt around Asia is going to be more expensive than you think. Just stay home and explore the country where you're teaching.

2. Study the local language. It's going to the cheapest hobby that you can do for at least an hour or two each day. Plus, it's great for your brain!

3. Walk everywhere. Even if you think it's too far and everyone thinks you're crazy, just try it and see. Plus, you'll really get to know your city and where the cheap markets, restaurants are, etc.

Elizabeth Johnson's picture
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Frugal Living

I'm all about taking advantage of the free stuff at work. For example, I'll usually fill up my water bottle there before I go home at the end of the day. I'll always drink my coffee there as well (we have a drip machine!) and if there is a party of some kind (often!), I'll eat whatever they have there and call in "dinner." I'll always go to staff dinners as well-free food and drinks all night is kind of amazing.

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I'm not really the most frugal person, but I do have my moments. Jackie-I think you mentioned something about eating before you leave your house? I'll always do this so I don't have to pick up stuff on the road. I'll often bring a snack from home as well. Part of it is that I don't want to always be spending money, but the other part is that I want to eat healthier and this really goes a long way towards me achieving that.

I also like to walk a lot of places, especially to and from work even though it's about 25 minutes. Bus or taxis back and forth every day add up!

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Cooking big portions

I like to cook big portions of stuff. Chilis, soups, lasagna, etc. Then, I let them cool down and the next day, I'll portion them up into individual tupperware containers to put in the freezer. I'll grab one for lunch at work, or if I'm busy and get home late, I'll eat one for dinner. My co-workers are often quite jealous of my home-cooked lunches.

It's far better for the wallet and my health to do that than to eat take-out all the time.

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I was really surprised to see that Costco is in Korea. I love going there and filling up on all the free samples. Quick question for you-do you know if the American card that I have will work in Korea? If yes, I think it'd be worth it to go. If not, I'm sure not I want to buy another card because it might be hard to make up for that up-front expense.

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Not eating out

I think eating out is basically the fastest way to spend money quickly, especially in a place like Canada where you have the tax and tip thing going on. I do it about once a month as a special treat, but certainly don't make it an everyday thing. I'm looking forward to heading to Asia, land of cheap and delicious street food!

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Set-Up Costs

I'm really looking to avoid spending a ton of money getting set-up in my new country. I'm planning on setting a budget for myself and then sticking with it, even if that means not getting every single thing I want for my new place. I do plan on looking around on the expat forums and seeing if I can get some good deals on used stuff from people who are leaving.

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Walk and Bike

I try to walk and bike as often as possible (assisted by the fact that I don't have a car!). I think this has saved me a huge amount of money over the years. I also try to live as close as possible to work or school so it's not such a hassle. I've never understood people who live an hour or two away from work and have to commute. It's expensive as well as exhausting.

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Costco Korea

Kevin, I have some friends that used their Costco cards in both US and Korea, however same friends told that a couple of years ago Costco made it to where a US card only works in US and vice versa. I best advice is just try it out. If you have a US card try it in Korea, and if it doesn't work just pick up the K version. They should still cost about W50,000.

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Street Market

I discovered that buying my food in a traditional in/outdoor street market in Korea was quite a bit cheaper than HomePlus or E-Mart. I went there so often after work that one day the lady that I usually bought veg from got angry at me for going two stalls down! We worked it out in the end! =)

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Something you need to pack

Something you need to pack below moving to Korea including fitted sheets, deodorant, multi-vitamins, and basic medicines. not working