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Saving Update: (Vlog #1) Saving up with Chantel

Just a quick savings update with Chantel!

Check out her blog HERE and follow her on twitter HERE.

And also, HERE‘s a link to the blog I mentioned in the video 🙂

Keep an eye out for more vlogs coming soon… Itinerary vlog with Grace will be next 🙂

안녕~!

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Saving Update: Working the Public Holidays and Spending to Reward Yourself!

As promised, here is my latest Savings Update! Hope you savers have been doing well!

Since mid-February, I have been trying to save a minimum of $4000 for my Korean holiday! I have great news! I have just hit the $1k mark with ten months more to go until holiday time! Seoul, I can almost smell you!

No more trying to hitch rides to Korea!

So what have I been doing to save up, exactly?

Well, the Easter Holidays have just past and everyone had the opportunity to get away from school and work, and just have some family bonding time.

….Almost everyone.

I worked during Easter Sunday so I could get holiday penalty rates of time and a half. I find that if you don’t have anything planned for a public holiday anyway, why not just work? Make a quick buck. I made sure I still had the time to spend with my family because of course, family matters. So instead of celebrating on Easter Sunday, we had dinner on Easter Monday instead with our extended family.

Since reaching the $1000 mark, I thought I’d reward myself a little bit. I think I’ll be doing that now every time I reach a certain threshold! I don’t want to be too much of a tightass! You’ve still got to have fun and reward yourself a little every time you achieve something worthwhile! Before I started rewarding myself though, I made sure to transfer a percentage of my earnings into my Netbank saver account so I won’t be tempted to spend it!

So my mates and I went out last night for dinner at Alrose Garden in Strathfield for some hearty traditional Korean dishes. Apparently the spicy food there is really, really hot so I took the coward’s way out and just ordered a Chicken Schnitzel instead. I didn’t get to take a picture but their servings are MASSIVE! My Schnitzel didn’t even fit on the plate!

The Menu at Alrose Garden

All in all, the prices were really good in relation to how big their dishes are. The ambience was great, too, and they played K-Pop which was cool. 🙂

To continue on with the theme of big things, we went to Noggi afterwards to drown ourselves in their Frozen yogurt. We ordered the Groupi which is their largest serving and we demolished it in no time! Omnomnom!

This is the Maxi... not as big as the Groupi.

Also, we went to China Town Friday Night Markets in the city. I bought some dragon beard candy and I was going to buy 4 Minute’s new mini-album Volume Up but I found that the internet sells it for much cheaper! So online shopping it is!

I won’t drag on any longer, but I wish you guys the best in saving! And just remember to live a little, and spend a little to reward yourself every once in awhile!

Good luck!

안녕~!

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Saving Update: Easter Holidays & Selling Things Over Facebook!

It’s almost Easter, guys! Meaning another season of spending, spending, spending!!

I don’t know about you, but my family are big on Easter. We love our chocolate, but more than that, we love giving chocolate! Usually, before Easter Sunday my family and I go out shopping to buy Easter Eggs, Bunnies, and Bilbies for each other.

We eat bilbies, not bunnies!

But with the Easter season coming along, that’s more money spent for those who celebrate the season, so in order to save this year during Easter what I’ll be doing is buying cheaper eggs (Chocolate is still chocolate afterall) and what I’ve been doing in the weeks leading up to Easter is giving up a few favourite things. I’ve completely given up Easyway (so that’s a significant saving seeing as each of their delicious drinks will set you back $5 a pop) and I’ve gone hunting around Surry Hills (at Central in the City) finding cheap restaurants to eat at when I’m still hungry after munching down my packed lunches at uni. (McDonald’s now sell their garden salads for $2 for those concerned about diet).

For the moment my diet consists of breast pops.

Anyway, I have started planning on selling a few of my things over Facebook for cheap. Mostly just books (I’m an avid reader, you see) and probably other things that I don’t use anymore… probably even one of my guitars. :/

Right now, I’m still trying to convince myself to do it because it really is for the best. I mean, there is absolutely no more space left on my book shelves and selling a couple of things will leave my room with some extra leg room for everything I’ll be buying in Korea! 화이팅~!

Bye Bye Books 😦

Other than that, Saving’s going great! I’ve almost hit the $1000 mark and seeing as I only started saving a month ago, I’m very proud of myself. Also, I GOT THE JOB!! Woohooooo!! Korea, I shall see you soon!

TL;DR?

  • Buy cheap chocolates for Easter.
  • Find cheap restaurants.
  • Sell things you don’t need on Facebook.
  • AND I am now no longer unemployed! (Still a full-time student though).

Annyeong~! 안년~!

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Major Setback: Pt. 2

Piggy isn't happy.

I’ve been doing so well saving up but some things you just can’t help. Today I bought Big Bang’s new album “Alive”. I bought two copies. One with all of Big Bang on the cover and the other was G-Dragon’s edition. Don’t worry, they’re not both for me! One is for Chantel who is turning 20 in approximately 10 minutes! (Happy Birthday Chantelly Belly! I hope you don’t see this until tomorrow)

Also, Die Antwoord’s concert is next Friday and as I said in my first blog “10 Ways to Save for Korea” they’re one of my Must See concerts of 2012 and I am not going to let myself miss this.

So in the past two days alone I have spent just over $100 … and I have to buy my $30 train ticket tomorrow. Damn.

But on the other hand, I went for my job interview yesterday and I’d have to say it went pretty well! The rates are incredible and if things go well, I’ll have enough for Korea sooner than expected. I don’t want to count my eggs before they’ve hatched though so we’ll just see how it goes and I’m just hoping for the best. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a banana with a face on it.

Omnomnom~!

Welcome to my little (but growing) YG Collection, Alive!

🙂

That’s all for now! Wish me luck for this job!

Annyeong~!

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Saving Update: Saving on the side

Being a full-time musician and student makes it a great deal harder to save up for anything. I get the occasional gig here and there but as many of you know, unless you’re a worldwide superstar, being a musician doesn’t pay greatly. But don’t get me wrong! I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way however it becomes a great dilemma when you’re trying to save up for Korea!

Performing with my band "Enter the Ninja"

So how can I save any other way?

Obviously, there’s having a job which would be my number one option. I quit my job last year once I became a full time student and since then my bank account gradually became emptier and emptier. Being a student isn’t cheap. Every week my public transport expenses costs me $30, I have to spend for food if I don’t want to starve myself, plus there are tuition fees. As I mentioned in my 10 Ways to Save For Korea post, I’ve begun packing lunches for uni but occasionally I do want to eat some nice hot food and sometimes my packed lunch just isn’t enough. Either way, if I’m packing lunches or buying at uni, I’m still spending none-the-less.

Anyway, I’ve applied for a few jobs and I have an interview on Thursday! (Woo!) I’ll just have to deal with being an employed full-time student somehow.

Regardless of what I’ve mentioned above, here are some things I’ve been doing to help fill up my piggy!

  1. Busking


    Yesterday I went busking for the first time with Frances! We used this opportunity as a paid rehearsal before a gig we had afterwards. It was daunting at first singing in public in front of strangers but then, think about it. As a musician, I sing in front of strangers all the time. Most people loved it, and we even had a little audience by the end of it all. It was great! And to be honest, the income was fantastic. I made more money busking than playing actual gigs. The money you pay for a busking license is pretty much remitted back to you on your first busk.I think I’ll be busking more often.  Yep, definitely.
  2. Giving Lessons
    We’re all particularly good at something and there are always people wanting to get better at that something you do. I’m a singer so recently I decided I’d give some singing lessons to beginners for heaps cheap. And when I say cheap, I mean cheap. You get more business that way.
  3. Gigs

    One day I'll have my own Big Show

    My band Enter the Ninja and I have been gigging around Sydney since late 2010. However, until the day we get as big as Big Bang, originals bands just don’t earn nearly enough but it is a great way to save on the side. Fighting~!

Anyway, Piggy is getting fatter and fatter! I’ve just got to keep finding ways to feed her!

Feed me~!

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