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Buzz words of the year – Cost Saving!


Probably the words that i’m hearing about night and day — cost saving…  At work, we hear about cutting travel trips, expenses, trainings, putting hold to projects.  At night, i will think about how can i cut cost on my daily living, here is what i’ve done so far:

  • change from  one-day contact lens to one year version – saving over 60% cost and save some environment
  • starbucks – use a tumbler – saving $3 / cup and save some environment
  • cut on taxi, go by bus – saving about 60% cost
  • stop buying new cloths – not much saved as this was not a big expense and save some environment
  • cut on buying books, lending at university library, buying second hand books – saving quite a lot and save some environment

Give it a second thought, i still got a job and not yet having salary cut.  So basically my income is the same, but due to the atmosphere of the market and what i’ve been observing from surrounding, i initiated this cost saving event in case things go wrong.  So, it’s very much about how we feel about the situation, not very much about the actual situation.   Having said that, there is something that i remind myself:

  • it’s important to get the balance out of this.  i will save cost as long as i don’t get mad about myself…
  • at times like this, let’s not forget to give more money to charity while we can effort — heard a 50% drop in charity money coz’ people are simply not giving money.
  • keep insurance payment
  • whatever goes up will come down, whatever comes down will go up — let’s keep laughing about silly things happen in life and make others laugh… haha

So, i’m sending you my favourite joke (back from 2004…) and keep laughing:

An aircraft is about to crash.

There are five passengers on board, but unfortunately only 4 parachutes.

The first passenger says “I’m Shaquille O’Neill, the best NBA basketball player. The Lakers need me, it would be unfair to them if I died”. So he takes the first parachute and jumps.

The second passenger, Hillary Clinton, says “I am the wife of the former President of the United States. I am also the most dedicated woman in the world, a Senator in New York and America’s potential future President. She takes one of the parachutes and jumps.

The third passenger, George W. Bush, says ” I am the President of the United States of America. I have a huge responsibility in world politics. And apart from that, I am the most intelligent President in the history of the country and I have a responsibility to my people not to die”. So he takes a parachute and jumps.

The fourth passenger, the Pope, says to the fifth passenger, a ten year old schoolboy “I am already old. I have already lived my life, as a good person and a priest I will give you the last parachute”.

The boy replies “No problem, there is also a parachute for you. America’s most intelligent President has taken my schoolbag…”

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  1. Anthony says

    講起cost cut真係火都黎, 慳1毫嘥4蚊既古仔多到我幾乎可以寫書

  2. Jenny says

    我返工都见到好多例子,其实,归根究底,是每个人对cost saving的intepretation都不同,所以甲会认为省1毫就掂,而乙就睬你都有味,继续我有我天地…

  3. TS says

    Thank you Jenny for the very refreshing sharing. You are such an optimistic and cheerful young lady. You have made very good lemonade with the lemons that lives have been giving us these days. The lemonade tastes good. We need more for other people.

  4. TS says

    I also have a joke I have just read from an article – A time of contradictions paradoxes and oxymorons by Bill Bonner:

    A guy walks into a big downtown bank. He points a gun at the teller and says: “Give me all your money.” The teller replies calmly: “You don’t understand. This is a bank. We don’t have any money.”